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Suez 1956: The Inside Story of the First Oil War

Barry Turner

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True war & combat stories, Prose: non-fiction, History, Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 200, Military history, Warfare & defence

A fascinating new account of the Anglo-French and Israeli invasion of Egypt published to tie in with fiftieth anniversary of Suez crisis

In October 1956, Britain, France and Israel launched an attack on Egypt. For each of the contenders there was much more at stake than the future of the Canal. None of the combatants in the Suez campaign emerged in glory which may be why, in recent years, it has been largely relegated to academic studies. But the events surrounding the invasion, while combining the high drama with elements of political farce that make for a compelling story, had a greater impact on world affairs than many more famous conflicts.

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Praise for Suez 1956: The Inside Story of the First Oil War

  • Barry Turner's lucid anlaysis . . . offers a fresh, concise, well-argued account, at ease with the complexity of events. He excels at unravelling the duplicitous threads of diplomacy. - The Sunday Times

  • 'Detailed and timely . . . [a] valuable account of political chicanery' - Scotland on Sunday

  • 'An exhaustive but excellent account of the intervention....This is narrative history at its sharpest, offering insight and, perhaps, lessons to be learnt.' - Metro

  • 'A wonderfully clear guide to the events and their causes . . . knows how to tell a complex story.' - The Times

  • 'Turner makes a rattling yarn of it all, taking us through the interminable build-up and the actual fiasco with verve and wit.' - Guardian

  • 'Barry Turner has written an excellent straightforward narrative of events. Familiar as the story is, Turner tells it grippingly.' - Spectator

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