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Publisher's Summary

From Israel's leading historian comes this 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 best-seller in Israel) 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 and 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Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries, as well as government memos and military records, Segev reconstructs an era of new possibilities and tragic missteps.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 lay behind the bloodshed.
A vibrant and original history, 1967 is sure to stand as the definitive account of that pivotal year.
©2007 Tom Segev (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A lucid history of a year that began in agony and self-doubt and ended with a nation made powerful and purposeful." ( Kirkus)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve Yastrow on 09-09-08

Awesome book, atrocious pronounciation

Tom Segev is a controversial writer ... who writes great books. The only think both Segev's supporters (on the left) and detractors (on the right) will agree on is that the Hebrew pronounciation of James Boles is atrocious.

The book is really interesting ... you should also read/listen to Michael Oren's Six Days of War on this topic. (And Segev's One Palestine Complete)

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1 out of 5 stars
By Rufus Putnam on 08-29-08

Slow gooing.

History can be presented for the general reader of for professional historians; this book is definitely NOT for the general reader. Even for me, a professional historian, I found it tedious and seemingly intermiable. Much of the focus is on the political machinations inside the Israeli cabinet,very little on the actual combat. There is no information on the Arab perspective at all.

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