"Suicide attacks on Israelis, bombings, assassinations, and bloodshed in Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank dominate the news from the Middle East. It is the most troubled region on earth. At its heart is the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis - and the legacy of six days of war in 1967." "After the state of Israel emerged from war in 1948, both sides knew more battles were coming. In June 1967, years of slow-burning tension exploded. In six extraordinary days, Israel destroyed the armed forces of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. But far from
"Suicide attacks on Israelis, bombings, assassinations, and bloodshed in Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank dominate the news from the Middle East. It is the most troubled region on earth. At its heart is the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis - and the legacy of six days of war in 1967." "After the state of Israel emerged from war in 1948, both sides knew more battles were coming. In June 1967, years of slow-burning tension exploded. In six extraordinary days, Israel destroyed the armed forces of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. But far from bringing peace, as many Israelis hoped, their stunning victory turned into a curse." "From the initial battle order issued to the Israeli air force on Monday June 5, 1967 to the final ceasefire on the evening of Saturday the 10th, the Six-Day War was a riveting human drama. Building on his first-hand experience of the region after his five years as the BBC's Middle East Correspondent, as well as extensive original research, Jeremy Bowen presents a new history of the conflict. Six Days recreates day by day, hour by hour, the bullying and brinckmanship that led four nations to war, interweaving testimonies of combatants from all sides." Six Days not only sheds new light on one of the key conflicts of the twentieth century, it explains much about the Middle East and the problems the region still faces today.
Bowen, the BBC correspondent in Jerusalem from 1995 to 2000, here pieces together events of the 1967 Middle East conflict. His gripping, fast-paced narrative recounts, hour by hour, the stories of enlisted troops, battlefield commanders, senior military leaders, beleaguered civilians, and political leaders in the region, in interested foreign capitals, and at the UN. The aftermath of this conflict is still with us, as negotiations continue over the return of lands seized by Israel in 1967 and the Israeli settlements in those territories. The author is evenhanded in pointing out failures at all levels and on both sides, describing an untenable situation that is unlikely to produce peace any time soon. Included are facts that have come to light only recently, making books written directly after the war obsolete. Libraries that have not purchased a current title like Michael Oren's Six Days of War will want to add this.-Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Former BBC Middle East correspondent Bowen carefully reassembles the geopolitical dynamics of one week that triggered embittered conflict for decades-and still counting. Bowen's comprehensive account layers the intrigue and deceptions of international diplomacy with the dogged determination of the Israelis to achieve their own definition of security in a hostile environment. Among the figures who emerge from a Machiavellian web of prewar maneuvering are Egyptian leader Gamel Abdel Nasser, whose hubris based on nonexistent military superiority approached the Shakespearean, and King Hussein of Jordan, ultimately used and abused by ally and enemy alike, whose self-admonition ("That's what I get for being so stupid") rang out in an aftermath of utter pathos for the Arab cause. The Israeli strategists, amazingly able to cloak a military juggernaut even from their own citizenry, barefacedly lied about being attacked; the US administration (President Lyndon B. Johnson along with hardened Cold War vets like Robert McNamara and McGeorge Bundy) winked, nodded, and went along. The Soviets, asleep at the UN chessboard, missed an opportunity to pounce on American vacillation and redraw the postwar map in favor of their Arab clients. But the euphoria that arrived within the first few hours of a war in which Israeli air superiority immediately tilted the balance was already tinged with foreboding. Bowen suggests that administration of the vast new territories it was allowed to retain (with the famous ambiguities inherent in the UN's affirming resolution) left Israel "mired in an unwinnable colonial war" with its millions of new Arab subjects. Following the 1995 assassination of Israeli leader YitzhakRabin ("one of the most effective acts of political violence in modern history") and a rush of Israeli settlement in the occupied territories, "The violence of the occupation has given [Palestinian extremists] a prominence they would otherwise not have."Reference-level account of inevitability tinged by intriguing what-ifs. Agent: Michelle Tessler/Carlisle & Company, on behalf of Julian Alexander/Lucas Alexander Whitley
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Meet the Author
Jeremy Bowen became a foreign correspondent in 1987, covering major conflicts in the Middle East, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Chechnya, Somalia, Rwanda, and Kosovo. From 1995 to 2000 he was the BBC's Middle East Correspondent, winning a Best Breaking News report from the Royal Television Society on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. After two years presenting Breakfast, BBC1's morning news program, as well as major history documentaries, he now is a roving Special Correspondent. He lives in London.