The Sword And The Olive: A Critical History Of The Israeli Defense Force

The Sword And The Olive: A Critical History Of The Israeli Defense Force

by Martin Van Creveld
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The Sword And The Olive: A Critical History Of The Israeli Defense Force 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Van Crevald does an excellent job of criticizing Israel's military failures. This book is not meant to be an enjoyable read, rather a critical history which at times is dry. I highly reccomend this book, but only if you know the basics of Israeli history beforehand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this work poorly written, as the author's propensity for capitilization (capitilizing all charcaters in numerous words) and lack of flow and transition made this book difficult to read and digest. The capitilization of transliterated phrases and titles served as a constant interruption, as did the author's blatent inability to present events cohesively. After reading a brilliant book about the IDF in Michael Oren's 'Six Days of Way,' in which Oren suuccessfully compiled a plethora of first-hand accounts into a cohesive and easy-to-digest account of Israel's 6-Day War, the 'Sword and the Olive' stood out as offering nothing more than second-hand analysis without the in-depth, primary research that makes Oren's account so strong. In strongly recommending Michael Oren's 'Six Days of War,' if you're looking to follow his account up with that of Van Creveld, I suggest you look elsewhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent overview of the history of one of the greatest military machines ever to exist. Van Creveld, himself a veteran, writes with an engaging style, if not overly technical in some places. The book was originally written in Hebrew, so some words unique to the language will slow down a lot of readers. Van Creveld also translated (and transliterated) the book into English himself, so some spellings may be different that what a reader would normally be used to. The thesis and conclusions may shatter some illusions that you may have about the IDF, but they are completely accurate. A must read for anyone interested in Israeli history, especially recent history.