Six Days by Jeremy Bowen
How the 1967 War Shaped the Middle East

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Suicide attacks on Israelis, bombings, assassinations, and bloodshed in Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank dominate the news from the Middle East. It is the most troubled region on earth. At its heart is the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis - and the legacy of six days of war in 1967.

After the state of Israel emerged from war in 1948, both sides knew more battles were coming. In June 1967, years of slow-burning tension exploded. In six extraordinary days, Israel destroyed the armed forces of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. But far from bringing peace, as many Israelis hoped, their stunning victory turned into a curse.

From the initial battle order issued to the Israeli air force on Monday June 5, 1967 to the final ceasefire on the evening of Saturday the 10th, the Six-Day War was a riveting human drama. Building on his first-hand experience of the region after his five years as the BBC's Middle East Correspondent, as well as extensive original research, Jeremy Bowen presents a compelling new history of the conflict. Six Days recreates day by day, hour by hour, the bullying and brinckmanship that led four nations to war, interweaving testimonies of combatants from all sides in a seamless narrative.

A rigorous and original piece of modern history is as vivid as fiction, Six Days not only sheds new light on one of the key conflicts of the twentieth century, it explains much about the Middle East and the problems the region still faces today.


About Jeremy Bowen

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Jeremy Bowen became a foreign correspondent in 1987, covering major conflicts in the Middle East, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Chechnya, Somalia, Rwanda, and Kosovo. From 1995 to 2000 he was the BBC's Middle East Correspondent, winning a Best Breaking News report from the Royal Television Society on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. After two years presenting Breakfast, BBC1's morning news program, as well as major history documentaries, he now is a roving Special Correspondent. He lives in London.
Published December 3, 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books. 432 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Following the 1995 assassination of Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin (“one of the most effective acts of political violence in modern history”) and a rush of Israeli settlement in the occupied territories, “The violence of the occupation has given [Palestinian extremists] a prominence they would othe...

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(These shenanigans might have supplied Bowen with some comic relief, but, alas, even his fine research has limits.) So I witnessed some of the events Bowen covers - on the Israeli side - and on these he is impeccably accurate.

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This thoroughly sound and readable history of the Six-Day War that found Israel victorious over the armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria offers a valuable perspective on a conflict that is receding into history, though its consequences, in terms of the explosive situation in the Middle East, are sti...

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