Michael B. Oren
Michael B. Oren Ï 5 SummaryA sweeping overview of Israel and the Arabs another chapter tightly focused on the catalysts of the war and a third given over to the unfortunate mechanics a delayed telegram a gambler s gambit and fear fear fear that triggered open conflict These opening chapters especially the first were the driest Tigers in Normandy reading for me And also the most confusing I m a bit of a newbie to Middle Eastern history while Oren writes with an authoritative assurance that hiseaders have a bit of background knowledge The names especially from all sides were unfamiliar to me and with the exception of a few men Dayan Nasser the personalities never Presidential Secrecy and the Law really popped off the page Some of my confusion of course comes from the fact that this troubled area of the world is a complicated mess The precipitant of the Six Day War was border incursions along the Syrian Israeli frontier Palestinian guerrillas used Syria as a base of operations Israel accused them of harboring terrorists etc etc Eventually based on falseeports that Israel was going to attack Syria Egypt s leader Gamal Abdel Nasser moved troops into the Sinai and ejected the UN observers stationed there He also closed the Straits of Tiran I could attempt to elate but maybe it s best if you just e listened to Billy Joel s We Didn t Start the Fire It s all there or less Importantly all these Hume on Religion regional tensions played out against the backdrop of the Cold War The USSR backed Syria and Egypt while the US stood behind Israel The little guys did their best to draw in the big guys while the big guys did their best toein in the little guys while still giving them lots of guns to play with Eventually hemmed in on three sides Syria to the north Jordan to the west Egypt to the south and with no assurance of American help Israel attacked The first day of war each day gets its own chapter was decisive The Israeli Air Force destroyed the Egyptian Air Force while it was on the ground while her ground troops Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845 routed the Egyptians army under Abdel Amer who lied about his defeat for so long that one has to wonder at his mental stability Meanwhile King Hussein of Jordan decided to enter the fray on Egypt s behalf Thinking this mostly a bluff Israel gave him the chance to back off Hussein did not So Israel went on the offensive there as well bagging Jerusalem in the process Towards the end of the six days with the west and south secure Israel captured the Golan Heights defended by Syria for good measure All this information is conveyed in what can only be termed drab unadorned prose There is precious little consideration given to illuminating characters and a paucity of vivid first person accounts The tactical aspects of the war is conveyed academically as though this were a staffide City Schools: Lessons from New York rather than a general history Oren makes sure to tell you the movement of each battalion he does not always make sure to explain why that mattered There are maps to be sure and detailed maps Unfortunately each map tries to be everything at once so there are arrows each a different shade of black or gray covering the page in an attempt to capture every movement during all six days It should probably be noted that Michael Oren is now the Israeli Ambassador to the United States I didn t detect any overt bias other than the bias of fact that Israel won the Arabs lost I m sure that won t matter to people with strong opinions Those with a pro Palestinian bent will find this volume a Zionist screed those who are pro Israeli hawks will undoubtedly conclude that Oren did not go far enough in lauding the IDF The averageeader like me will probably find very little in this understated and un inflammatory work to get passionate about at allThe subtitle to Oren s work is June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East That second part the whole making of the Middle East is mostly implied Oren goes only cursorily into the nuts and bolts of the postwar echoes new territorial boundaries land for peace settlements Arab embarrassment Israeli hubris and the seeds of the Yom Kippur War As an avowed history nut there is a very The Widow's Lawman realeason I mostly avoid The Story Within reading about certain topics such as Vietnam and the Middle East Theeason is this
history is a hobby If I want to be stressed out and anxious well I already am History then is myis a hobby If I want to be stressed out and anxious well I already am History then is my It s soothing to slip into the a distant time period such as the American
Civil War The stakes were just as high The death just as eal The same passions that gripWar The stakes were just as high The death just as eal The same passions that grip now gripped us then But every person there is a ghost The Middle East is still an evolving bloody perhaps intractable mess It practically begs the God Gave Me a Mulligan: A Journalist's Life in War and Peace removed observer to simply look away With that said the faults in Oren s book may well be my own bias against the subject Egyptian and Syrian military incompetence and the sense that Israel s back was against the wall these were my impressions of the war as it was acted out Ambassador Oren s narrative confirms those vague impressions but he also provides the detail to flesh out the story Nervous breakdown fog of war big power politics and numerous other features are added to provide a clear picture of this uniuely short war that is still going on With maps handy I used Mapuest s terrain and satellite maps it is an easyead that provides a full background gives just enough operational detail and connects the events of June1967 to the ongoing Arab Israeli contest I Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots: Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Paris recommend it Ignorance Can be the greatest ally or the greatest enemy of an army at war In the book Six Days of War Michael B Oren explains in considerable detail how Arab ignorance and mistrust was theeal key to the vastly outnumbered Israelis defeating three Arab armies in just six days Oren shows how the Israelis called up all of their The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education reserves and prepared for weeks to attack Egypt before Egypt attacked them or to defend if Egypt attacked first And yet the Israeli attack on June Comprehensive account of this epoch making event Writing with a novelist’s command of narrative and a historian’s grasp of fact and motive Oreneconstructs 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 ose and top. ,
I found this book about the Six Days of War by Michael B Oren most interesting At the time I The Arena: An Offering to Contemporary Monasticism remember following the news about the war on T V I haveead biographies of many of the key people in this book so I am very familiar with the events It was great to have all the information in one place in chronological order It helped me to understand the events better as well as what is going on today in Israel The book is well written and meticulously Jewish Thought, Utopia, and Revolution researched The author covered in detail all the events leading to the war as well as the war itself I noted the author was born and educated in the United States but moved to Israel in 1973 Oren became Israel s Ambassador to the United States He writes with the understanding of the workings of the Israeli government Oren did not present an unbiasedeview of the events If you are interested in the history of Israel or the Middle East this book will provide information about an important eventI A Kangaroo's Life read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is almost eighteen hours Robert Whitfield does an excellent job narrating the book This is a wonderfully concise well written history of the war between Israel and Egypt Syria and Jordan that lasted only six days in June 1967 The Arabs got pounded and Israel seized the West Bank Gaza the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula The war though won by Israel also brought that country decades of additional strife that continues to this day It also made the Arab nations determined to wipe out the Jewish stateOren has written a fair history with all sides presented with no apparent bias or judgment He gained access to previously undisclosed material so he hasecords of internal meetings with all the political parties involved And there are lots of them The Middle East doesn t exist in a vacuum Other nations have stuck their noses into the Georg Buchner: Contemporary Perspectives region In this case the Soviet Union sided with Egypt and Syria but only to an extent never daring to get involved in the act Iead this in a flash a few years ago It isn t a social history nor is it investigative It yields a basis for an ideology I accept that I just Filosofía e inmanencia read thiseview and it upset my indifference What can I say I m exhausted New The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia: The Drums of Life review Aug 09Since I have been spending the last yeareading about Israel and Palestine I may now class this book as shameless and apologetic when it comes to Israeli militarism My eview below is shameless in many ways and I m a bit embarrased about it Oren says he is givng everyone eual treatment but how can you be Israeli embassador to the US and not be biased This book supports Israel myths about itself and its military might and does little to acknowledge that the 1967 war was part of a catalyst of pain and suffering of the Palestinian people With the Israeli silence surrounding criticism of their own history you wonder what this comprehensive book left out and for what purpose Old eview Though the author says that he sets out to provide an objective history of the Six Day War there are two glowing descretions H Michael B Oren s Six Days of War is probably the most comprehensive
Book Published On Israelpublished on Israel 1967 conflict with the Arab world to date Painstakingly Murder in Gutenthal researched and scrupulously fair Oren s strength is dealing with the causes and effects of the war He discusses every diplomatic move and counter move that the belligerent countries and their superpower allies the US and U S S R made and how those decisions impact Middle East policy to this day Oren is noticeably weaker when discussing the actual tactics of the war choosing to view the military units as pieces in a diplomatic chess gameather than giving the eader a sense of what the
Soldier On The Ground Wason the ground was although he does do a fantastic job in describing the climactic battle for JerusalemSix Days is absolutely essential eading for anyone who wants to understand the politics of the On the Field of Glory: an Historical Novel of the Time of King John Sobieski region I had somewhat of a sketchyememberance of the 6 Day War from 1967 but digging into the details was Lassie Come-Home rather eye opening I d never heard of a professional army so completely breaking andunning in the face of enemy Politically appointed officers is always a The People from the Sea red flag for combat forces and stories are plentiful of the incompetence of political officers in the field but in the example of the Egyptian Army the senior officers broke andan away immediatelyand the St Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves rest of the army simply followed Appalling This was a very wellesearched and well written book My actual literal fake wood and screw bookshelf has two shelves devoted to unread books that I have accumulated and continue to accumulate at a fantastic pace Thanks a lot cheap white wine and s one click shoppingThe downside to my book hoarding is that it is used against me every time my wife shows up in a new pair of shoes or boots or moccasins Yes moccasins And whenever we get into an argument she stands near the shelf with a sheath of matches Cackling So that might be an exaggeration The upside to having a minor bookstore s worth of never perused material is that I m often prepared when a sudden mood strikes Instead of going to a library or signing into I can just go to my bookshelf and voila instant gratificationRecently spurred by current events I got an itch to learn about Middle Eastern Israeli elations Fortunately for me and unfortunately for my wife child and anyone else who depends on my paycheck I had several titles on hand including Martin Gilbert s massive Israel A History Feeling a bit less ambitious I chose instead Six Days of War by Michael Oren about the so called Six Day War fought from June 5 to June 10 1967 After all the Middle East is a lot of history bloody tragic comic tragic to swallow I thought it best to start with only six daysThe chronology of the war gives this book its framework Oren starts with a series of contextual chapters one chapter devoted to. Though it lasted for only six tense days in June the 1967 Arab Israeli war never eally ended Every crisis that has Mr. Majeika and the Dinner Lady and Mr. Majeika and the Music Teacher ripped through thisegion in the ensuing decades from the Yom Kippur War of 1973 to the ongoing intifada is a direct conseuence of those six days of fighting Michael B Oren’s magnificent Six Days of War an internationally acclaimed bestseller is the first.
Michael B. Oren