The War of Atonement: The Inside Story of the Yom Kippur War

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This is the authoritative account of the Israeli army's performance in the bitter Yom Kippur War of 1973. The origins of the war amid the turbulent history of competing powers in the Middle East are fully explored, as is the build-up of Arab forces that almost inexplicably caught Israel by surprise. The author then provides a gripping narrative of the conflict itself, punctuated by firsthand accounts and interviews with combatants. The War of Atonement is full of drama and tales of inspirational bravery, as ...
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Overview

This is the authoritative account of the Israeli army's performance in the bitter Yom Kippur War of 1973. The origins of the war amid the turbulent history of competing powers in the Middle East are fully explored, as is the build-up of Arab forces that almost inexplicably caught Israel by surprise. The author then provides a gripping narrative of the conflict itself, punctuated by firsthand accounts and interviews with combatants. The War of Atonement is full of drama and tales of inspirational bravery, as Israel defied the odds to defeat the two-pronged invasion. An analysis of the political implications of the conflict bring this epic tale to a close.

For this edition Chaim Herzog's son, Brigadier General Michael Herzog, has written an Introduction which places the book in the context of his father's achievements and gives a revealing insight into the man himself. This is the most comprehensive work on a conflict that has had major implications for our own troubled times.

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Editorial Reviews

Eyal Ben-Ari
Herzog's volume is still very much a required classic on the subject. Clearly and concisely written, there is much to learn from this book. (Eyal Ben-Ari, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Air & Space Power Journal
For people who liked The Arab-Israeli Wars, The War of Atonement is a must read. Writing in an easy-to-understand style, Herzog has produced a book that will be of interest to anyone remotely concerned with Middle-Eastern affairs.
Jewish Book World
“…one of the best accounts of the Yom Kippur War…In addition to providing a detailed account of each of the major battles as well as useful general information on the political leaders and generals of both sides, the author recounts in detail the heroism of individual Israeli Army units that were greatly outnumbered…” Fall 2010
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935149132
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/19/2009
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 993,100
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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