Six Days of War by Michael Oren

Excellent book. If anyone wants to know how a pitifully small nation, surrounded by implacable enemies, hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned, can resoundingly defeat those enemies in six days, this is the book to read. The author is a card-carrying Israeli Jew, but he gives a thoroughly balanced treatment of the events leading up to the war, the war itself, and the war’s aftermath. The figure of Nasser looms large in this account, portrayed as an inspired leader but ultimately a tragic figure who was destroyed by what for his people was a disastrous and humiliating defeat. But for Israel and for the Jewish people, the war represents a glorious triumph and a historic vindication that their God is still with them. Kola kavod!

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