"[A] richly detailed and lucid account....What makes this book important is the breadth and depth of the research. Oren draws on archives, newly declassified documents, memoirs and interviews from Israel, America, Britain and what was then the Soviet Union; although the Arab state archives are sealed, he uses many Arab memoirs and accounts, giving the book a balanced tone and offering fascinating new details. SIX DAYS OF WAR...is a powerful rendering of what has turned out to be a world-historical event."
"This is a masterly book....Oren has also drawn the most penetrating and subtle assessment of the Israeli mind that I've encountered....His achievement as a writer and a historian is awesome."
"[Oren] has done an immense amount of research in many sources, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, and English, and although his narrative is keyed to the Israeli perspective, this produces no significant distortion...And yet, Oren's book, for all its great learning and vivid writing is somehow unsatisfactory....The story of the war is very well told, and for its source base alone this book should now be considered the standard work of reference. Yet neither the origins nor the war come across...in any strikingly novel way. More thorough than previous accounts....Better documented, surely. Better balanced...no question. But different? Not really."
From the Publisher
A gripping account of one of the pivotal events in modern Middle Eastern history--on the 35th anniversary of the war In Israel and the West it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War, or simply as "the Setback." Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in West Bank, the intifada and the rise of Palestinian terror: all are part of the outcome of those six days of intense Arab-Israeli fighting in the summer of 1967.|Michael B. Oren's SIX DAYS OF WAR is the most comprehensive history ever published of this dramatic and pivotal event, the first to explore it both as a military struggle and as a critical episode in the global Cold War. Oren spotlights all the participants--Arab, Israeli, Soviet, and American--telling the story of how the war broke out and of the shocking ways it unfolded. | Drawing on thousands of top-secret documents, on rare papers in Russian and Arabic, and on exclusive personal interviews, SIX DAYS OF WAR recreates the regional and international context which, by the late 1960s, virtually assured an Arab-Israeli conflagration. Also examined are the domestic crises in each of the battling states, and the extraordinary personalities--Moshe Dayan and Gamal Abdul Nasser, Hafez al-Assad and Yitzhak Rabin, Lyndon Johnson and Alexei Kosygin--that precipitated this earthshaking clash.
Based on newly available information in archives, this political and military history of the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict recalls the surprising and decisive victory of Israel over its adversaries that established a new balance in that region. Israeli historian Michael B. Oren's account includes portraits of leaders from both sides of the conflict, including Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, and Gamal Abdul Nasser, as well as the leaders of the two superpowers, Lyndon Johnson of the United States, and Alexei Kosygin of the Soviet Union.