1967 by Tom Segev
Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

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Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries, as well as government memos and military records, Segev reconstructs an era of new possibilities and tragic missteps.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

About Tom Segev

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Tom Segev, who writes a weekly column in Ha'aretz, Israel's leading daily newspaper, is the author of The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust and other pathbreaking books, including One Palestine, Complete, which was named one of the ten best books of 2000 by the New York Times Book Review. He lives in Jerusalem. www.doubleday.com
Published May 29, 2007 by Metropolitan Books. 712 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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The historian Tom Segev studies the aftermath of Israel’s 1967 war.

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“1967” is a fascinating and devastating portrait of an Israel filled with self-doubt, then suddenly with power and messianic fervor. Missing from the compelling and damning narrative are the Arabs.

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In Israeli writer Tom Segev's 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East, Israel's post-war vigor is captured in a joke: "after the war, two officers are talking about how to spend their day.

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