Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

by Michael B. Oren | History |
ISBN: 0345461924 Global Overview for this book
Registered by punkmom of Lemon Grove, California USA on 2/11/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by punkmom from Lemon Grove, California USA on Wednesday, February 11, 2015
A behind-the-scenes look at the fog of war. Missed communications between the warring parties, the U.S., and the U.S.S.R., mis-identification of an American ship bombed and torpedoed by Israel, A sullen Nasser resigning after Egypt's defeat (only to change his mind), and the mercurial behavior of Moshe Dayan vs. President Johnson's fear of involvement.
I tried to skip the detailed accounts of the actual battles, but even these were fascinating--troops confused, soldiers unable to move due to burning tanks blocking the roads, and last-minute changes to orders (retreat! No, march ahead!) The media reporting of a war is only the tip of the iceberg. So much happens between all involved and decisions often made in the midst of battle, or determined by missed signals and wrong interpretations. A real eye-opener.

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