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Book Review - 1967 Israel, the War and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

By: Tom Segev (452.1/35708)
Publisher: Little Brown ISBN: 978-0-316-72478-4

From Israel's pre-eminent historian, a sweeping and provocative history of 1967 - the war, what led up to it, what came after and how it changed everything.

Tom Segev's acclaimed One Palestine, Complete and The Seventh Million overturned accepted views of the history of Israel. Now Segev 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 recreates the crisis in Israel before 1967, showing how economic recession, mass emigration, a full grasp of the Holocaust's horrors and threats made by neighbour states combined to produce an apocalyptic climate of doom.

Mining a wealth of unpublished letters, diaries, government memos and military records, Segev reconstructs an era of new possibilities and tragic missteps.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 Abdel Nasser and Lyndon Johnson - as well as an epic cast of soldiers, lobbyists, refugees and settlers. He reveals as never before Israel's intimacy with the White house and explains how domestic political rivalries sabotaged Israel's chance of treaties on two fronts. Above all, he challenges the conventional view that the war was inevitable, showing that a series of disastrous miscalculations lie behind the bloodshed, then as well as now,

A vibrant and original history, 1967 is sure to stand as the definitive account of that pivotal year.

October 2007

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