1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

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Macmillan, May 29, 2007 - History - 673 pages
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From Israel's leading historian, a sweeping history of 1967--the war, what led up to it, what came after, and how it changed everything Tom Segev's acclaimed works One Palestine, Complete and The Seventh Million overturned accepted views of the history of Israel. Now, in 1967--a number-one bestseller in Hebrew--he brings his masterful skills to the watershed year when six days of war reshaped the country and the entire region.
Going far beyond a military account, Segev re-creates the crisis in Israel before 1967, showing how economic recession, a full grasp of the Holocaust's horrors, and the dire threats made by neighbor states combined to produce a climate of apocalypse. He depicts the country's bravado after its victory, the mood revealed in a popular joke in which one soldier says to his friend, "Let's take over Cairo"; the friend replies, "Then what shall we do in the afternoon?"
Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries, as well as government memos and military records, Segev reconstructs an era of new possibilities and tragic missteps. He introduces the legendary figures--Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Gamal Abdul Nasser, and Lyndon Johnson--and an epic cast of soldiers, lobbyists, refugees, and settlers. He reveals as never before Israel's intimacy with the White House as well as the political rivalries that sabotaged any chance of peace. Above all, he challenges the view that the war was inevitable, showing that a series of disastrous miscalculations lie behind the bloodshed.
A vibrant and original history, 1967 is sure to stand as the definitive account of that pivotal year.
 

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Tom Segev has written an impressive and extremely well researched account of the pivotal year in the modern history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Once again (as with the excellent 'One Palestine ... Read full review

1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East

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A lucid history of a year that began in agony and self-doubt and ended with a nation made powerful and purposeful.In the mid-1960s, writes Ha'aretz columnist Segev (One Palestine, Complete, 2000, etc ... Read full review

Contents

BETWEEN RISHON LEZION AND MANHATTAN
17
Other People
43
BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
141
The Syrian Syndrome
191
THE FORTY DAYS OF PRIVATE YEHOSHUA BARDAYAN
223
Three Days to War The Decision
323
Day One
338
Day Two
351
Teddys Project
482
FacetoFace with Ishmael
500
The Blunder
523
Hawks and Doves
543
Starting Over
553
Absalom Days
562
Notes
587
Three Weeks to War What Does Nasser Want? 225
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Day Three
366
The Final Days
385
A New Land
419
Victory Albums
437
The Enlightened Occupation
455
One Week to War The Generals Revolt 288
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Acknowledgments
643
Index
647
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Tom Segev is a columnist for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper, and the author of three now-classic works on the history of Israel: 1949: The First Israelis; The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust; and One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice for 2000. He lives in Jerusalem.

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