By Tom Segev
From Israel's top historian, a sweeping background of 1967--the conflict, what led as much as it, what got here after, and the way it replaced everything
Tom Segev's acclaimed works One Palestine, whole and The 7th Million overturned approved perspectives of the historical past of Israel. Now, in 1967--a number-one bestseller in Hebrew--he brings his masterful talents to the watershed 12 months while six days of conflict reshaped the rustic and the whole region.
Going a ways past an army account, Segev re-creates the difficulty in Israel sooner than 1967, displaying how monetary recession, an entire take hold of of the Holocaust's horrors, and the dire threats made by means of neighbor states mixed to supply a weather of apocalypse. He depicts the country's bravado after its victory, the temper printed in a well-liked comic story during which one soldier says to his buddy, "Let's take over Cairo"; the pal replies, "Then what we could do within the afternoon?"
Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries, in addition to govt memos and army documents, Segev reconstructs an period of latest chances and tragic missteps. He introduces the mythical figures--Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Gamal Abdul Nasser, and Lyndon Johnson--and an epic forged of infantrymen, lobbyists, refugees, and settlers. He finds as by no means prior to Israel's intimacy with the White condominium in addition to the political rivalries that sabotaged any likelihood of peace. peculiarly, he demanding situations the view that the warfare was once inevitable, displaying sequence of disastrous miscalculations lie in the back of the bloodshed.
A shiny and unique historical past, 1967 is bound to face because the definitive account of that pivotal 12 months.
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1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East by Tom Segev