By Tom Segev
From Israel's top historian, a sweeping historical past of 1967—the warfare, 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 authorised 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 whilst six days of struggle reshaped the rustic and the complete region.
Going some distance past an army account, Segev re-creates the hindrance in Israel sooner than 1967, displaying how fiscal recession, a whole grab of the Holocaust's horrors, and the dire threats made through 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 funny story during which one soldier says to his pal, "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Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries, in addition to executive memos and army files, Segev reconstructs an period of latest probabilities and tragic missteps. He introduces the mythical figures—Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Gamal Abdul Nasser, and Lyndon Johnson—and an epic forged of squaddies, lobbyists, refugees, and settlers. He finds as by no means prior to Israel's intimacy with the White residence in addition to the political rivalries that sabotaged any likelihood of peace. certainly, he demanding situations the view that the warfare used to be inevitable, displaying sequence of disastrous miscalculations lie at the back of the bloodshed.
A brilliant and unique background, 1967 is bound to face because the definitive account of that pivotal year.
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1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East by Tom Segev