• by Tom Segev
  • Narrated by James Boles
  • 28 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries, as well as government memos and military records, Segev reconstructs an era of new possibilities and tragic missteps.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.


What the Critics Say

"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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horrible pronounciation errors

I am enjoying this book but am shocked at how terrible the narrator's pronounciation of common Hebrew words is. This can be extremely distracting for anyone who knows any Hebrew. He totally butchers most Hebrew words and they occur fairly frequently in the narrative. I am really surprised that he did not have more training before recording the book- I thought that this was a prerequisite for readers recording books with foreign words in it.
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- R. Friedman

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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- Rufus Putnam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-17-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio