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June 5, 1967: The fearsome, Soviet-equipped Egyptian Army and its 1,000 tanks are massed on Israel's southern border. Meanwhile, the Syrian Army is shelling the much smaller nation from the north. And to the east, Jordan and Iraq are moving brigades and fighter squadrons into position to attack. Egypt's President Nasser has declared that the Arab world's goal is no less than "the destruction of Israel."
June 10, 1967: The combined Arab armies are in ruins, their air forces totally destroyed. Israel's citizen-soldiers have seized the Gaza Strip and the entire Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan. The land under Israeli control has tripled. The charismatic, eye-patch wearing Defense Minister Moshe Dayan has barreled through the Lion's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, meeting up with a gang of paratroopers who have already raised the blue and white flag that frames the Star of David.
How on earth did this happen?
Only Steven Pressfield could get the real story from the fighter jocks in the air, the tank commanders through the sand, and the infantrymen on the ground. Through more than 300 hours of interviews conducted in Israel, he has written a gripping chronicle of the six days that changed the Middle East forever. He also captures the universal experience of individual soldiers compelled to stare down mortal fear and move headlong into a firestorm.
The Lion's Gate blends the immediacy of Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down, the esprit de corps of Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers, and the soul of James Bradley's Flags of Our Fathers. It will join the indispensable canon of military nonfiction.
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By Andy from FL on 07-13-14
As close to being there as you can get
I have always been fascinated with the 6 Day War and have watched or read just about anything I could find on the subject. This approach was incredibly unique. You feel that it is YOU who are being called up, it is YOU who are in the tank, it is YOU who is flying the jet, it is YOU who is entering the Old City. You are privy to what was going on in their minds as they were engaged in battle. You are hit with the daunting questions that the commanders were faced with, especially as they entered Jerusalem. Questions like what to do if a sniper starts firing from one of the Holy places? You can't just put a tank round into it. Hearing the emotions that the IDF men felt as they reached the Wall was something you just have to hear for yourself. History comes alive with this book. If you are even remotely interested in this topic then you will love this book. I wish there were more like it, perhaps this will begin a trend.
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