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Description - Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Michael B. Oren

In 1967 the future of the state of Israel was far from certain. But with its swift and stunning military victory against an Arab coalition led by Egypt in the Six Day War, Israel not only preserved its existence but redrew the map of the region, with fateful consequences. The Camp David Accords, the assassinations of Anwar Sadat and Yitzhak Rabin, the intifada, and the current troubled peace negotiations-all of these trace their origins to the Six Day War. Michael Oren's Six Days of War is a gripping account of one of the most dramatic and important episodes in the history of the Middle East. With exhaustive research in primary sources-including Soviet, Jordanian, and Syrian files not previously available-he has reconstructed the tension-filled background and the dramatic military events of the conflict, drawing the threads together in a riveting narrative, enlivened by crisp characters sketches of major characters (many of whom, from Ariel Sharon to Yasser Arafat, are still leading figures today). Most important, Oren has unearthed some dramatic new findings. He has discovered that a top-secret Egyptian plan to invade Israel and wipe out its army and nuclear reactor came within hours of implementation. He also reveals how the superpowers narrowly avoided a nuclear showdown over the Eastern Mediterranean and how a military coup in Israel almost occurred on the eve of the war.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195151749
ISBN-10: 0195151747
Format: Hardback
(243mm x 165mm x 37mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael B. Oren

Michael Oren, currently a Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, is a Princeton-trained scholar who has taught Middle Eastern history in the U.S. and in Israel. In addition to serving as director of the Israeli government's Department of Inter-Religious Affairs, Oren was also advisor to the Israeli Delegation to the United Nations.

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