Yom Kippur War: And the Airlift Strike That Saved Israel

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It's usually called the Yom Kippur War. Or sometimes the October War. The players that surround it are familiar: Sadat and Mubarak, Meir and Sharon, Nixon and Kissinger, Brezhnev and Dobyrnin. It was a war that brought Arab and Jew into vicious conflict. A war in which Israel almost unleashed her nuclear arsenal and set two superpowers on a treacherous course of nuclear escalation.

And a war that eventually brought peace. But a peace fraught ...

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Overview

It's usually called the Yom Kippur War. Or sometimes the October War. The players that surround it are familiar: Sadat and Mubarak, Meir and Sharon, Nixon and Kissinger, Brezhnev and Dobyrnin. It was a war that brought Arab and Jew into vicious conflict. A war in which Israel almost unleashed her nuclear arsenal and set two superpowers on a treacherous course of nuclear escalation.

And a war that eventually brought peace. But a peace fraught with delicate tensions, disputed borders, and a legacy of further bloodshed.

The Two O'Clock War is a spellbinding chronicle of the international chess game that was played out in October 1973. It is a story of diplomacy and military might that accounts for many of the dilemmas faced in the present-day Middle East.

This is a war that Israel never thought was possible. Surprised by the fury and excellent execution of the Arab onslaught, and perhaps more than a little complacent, Israel suddenly found itself on the point of losing a war because of a lack of ammunition, planes and tanks. The United States, after much vacillation, finally elected to help Israel, beginning a tremendous airlift (code name: Operation Nickel Grass) which incurred the wrath of the Arab states, and their sponsor, the Soviet Union.

Fortunately the airlift came just in time for Israeli ground forces to stabilize their positions and eventually turn the tide in the Sinai and Golan Heights. And it was all made possible by an operation that dwarfed the Berlin Airlift and the Soviets' simultaneous efforts in Egypt and Syria.

The Two O'Clock War is bound to become the definitive history of a war that quite literally approached Armageddon.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312320423
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Walter J. Boyne served as director of the National Air and Space Museum from 1983-1986. His bestselling titles include The Wild Blue (with Steve Thompson), Weapons of the Gulf War and The Smithsonian Illustrated History of Flight. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2010

    Highly recommended for a reader who is interested in a well balanced approach to the background and conduct of the Yom Kippur War.

    I picked up this book in an attempt to educate myself on the Yom Kippur War prior to a posting to the Sinai. I found the book to be well researched and written. It does an excellent job of explaining the background to the causes of the war, the war itself and the many personalities involved. Although I'm not usually interested in political books I found the parts of the book that dealt with American element (Nixon in the throws of Watergate and Kissinger running the show) to be surprisingly interesting. The chapters of the book that deals with the American and Soviet efforts to resupply their respective allies during the war was very well covered and enlightening.
    After reading this book a zipped down to the local library and signed out almost every book I could find on the Yom Kippur War. I didn't finish any of them because they paled in comparison to this book.
    If I could find two faults in the book they would be: that it could have more detailed maps (A better understanding of the topography in question would have enhanced my already high impression of this book) and that the cover is so boring that it doesn't do the book justice (Don't let the fact that the picture appears to be from another war dissuade you from reading this book).
    I recommend, without reservation, this book to anyone who is looking for a well researched and written book on the Yom Kippur War.

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