Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Random House Publishing Group, 6 . 2017 . - 480 .
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The first comprehensive account of the epoch-making Six-Day War, from the author of Allynow featuring a fiftieth-anniversary retrospective

Though it lasted for only six tense days in June, the 1967 Arab-Israeli war never really ended. Every crisis that has ripped through this region in the ensuing decades, from the Yom Kippur War of 1973 to the ongoingintifada, is a direct consequence of those six days of fighting.

Writing with a novelists command of narrative and a historians grasp of fact and motive,Michael B.Oren reconstructs both the lightning-fast action on the battlefields and the political shocks that electrified the world. Extraordinary personalitiesMoshe Dayan and Gamal Abdul Nasser, Lyndon Johnson and Alexei Kosyginrose and toppled from power as a result of this war; borders were redrawn; daring strategies brilliantly succeeded or disastrously failed in a matter of hours. And the balance of power changedin the Middle East and in the world. A towering work of history and an enthralling human narrative,Six Days of Waris the most important book on the Middle East conflict to appear in a generation.

Praise for Six Days of War

Powerful . . . A highly readable, even gripping account of the 1967 conflict . . . [Oren] has woven a seamless narrative out of a staggering variety of diplomatic and military strands.The New York Times

With a remarkably assured style, Oren elucidates nearly every aspect of the conflict. . . . Orens [book] will remain the authoritative chronicle of the war. His achievement as a writer and a historian is awesome.The Atlantic Monthly

This is not only the best book so far written on the six-day war, it is likely to remain the best.TheWashington Post Book World

Phenomenal . . . breathtaking history . . . a profoundly talented writer. . . .
This book is not only one of the best books on this critical episode in Middle East history; its one of the best-written books Ive read this year, in any genre.The Jerusalem Post

[In] Michael Orens richly detailed and lucid account, the familiar story is thrilling once again. . . . What makes this book important is the breadth and depth of the research.The New York Times Book Review

A first-rate new account of the conflict.The Washington Post

The definitive history of the Six-Day War . . . [Orens] narrative is precise but written with great literary flair. In no one elses study is there more understanding or more surprise.Martin Peretz, Publisher, The New Republic

Compelling, perhaps even vital, reading.San Jose Mercury News

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LibraryThing Review

  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

Oren's challenge was to weave together an accurate account of the Six Day War that covered many different perspectives from a myriad of sources. All sides of the conflict needed to be represented and ...

LibraryThing Review

  - GeoKaras - LibraryThing

Excellent description of the War, particularly the political aspects, utilizing newly available sources. Particularly intriguing is the description of how the war evolved from an effort to drive the ...

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Michael B. Orenis an American-born Israeli historian and author, and was Israels ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. He has written threeNew York TimesbestsellersAlly: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide;Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present;andSix Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, which won theLos Angeles TimesBook Prize for history and the National Jewish Book Award. Throughout his illustrious career as a Middle East scholar, Dr. Oren has been a distinguished fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, a contributing editor toThe New Republic,and a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.The Forward named Oren one of the five most influential American Jews, andThe Jerusalem Postlisted him as one of the worlds ten most influential Jews. He currently lives with his family in Tel Aviv. He is a member of the Knesset and the Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Prime Minister's Office.