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2003 Los Angeles Times Book Award for HISTORY
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 ongoing intifada, is a direct consequence of those six days of fighting. Historian and scholar Michael B. Oren’s authoritative, internationally acclaimed, and bestselling chronicle of this war, Six Days of War, is the first comprehensive account of this epoch-making event and its consequences for the Middle East.
Writing with a novelist’s command of narrative and a historian’s grasp of fact and motive, Oren reconstructs both the lightning-fast action on the battlefields and the political shocks that electrified the world. Extraordinary personalities—Moshe Dayan and Gamal Abdul Nasser, Lyndon Johnson and Alexei Kosygin—rose 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 changed—in the Middle East and in the world.
A towering work of history and an enthralling human narrative, Six Days of War is the most important book on the Middle East conflict to appear in a generation.
"Six Days of War is a powerful rendering of what has turned out to be a world-historical event." —The New York Times Book Review
“This is not only the best book so far written on the six-day war, it is likely to remain the best.” —The Washington Post Book World
“With a remarkably assured style, Oren elucidates nearly every aspect of the conflict . . . Oren’s [book] will remain the authoritative chronicle of the war. His achievement as a writer and a historian is awesome.” —The Atlantic Monthly