* A vivid account of the year 1967 and the impact it made on the Middle East and the rest of the world.
1967 did not mark the beginning of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it was a year that changed the course of history. When Egypt's President Nasser closed the straits of Tiran to Israeli navigation, it triggered a conflict between Israel and the armies of Jordan, Syria and Egypt. Within six days the Israelis had occupied territories three times wider than their own, populated by over a million Palestinian Arabs.
Israel suddenly became something of a colonial empire, more Goliath than David. The war granted political legitimacy to Menachem Begin's right-wing Herut party, and Arab terrorism paved the way for Israel's secret service to become a major factor in the country's power structure.
1967 will not be a military history, nor will it focus mainly on political developments. The year 1967 dramatically altered the lives of millions of individuals and this book will focus on the personal stories from both sides of the conflict.
1967 offers a brilliant description of the Six Day War in its widest context. The crucial role of individual actors is deftly woven into the general picture, the description of the military events is enthralling. This is probably the best book on those most fateful days in the history of Israel and the Middle East - SAUL FRIEDLANDER, author of THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION: NAZI GERMANY AND THE JEWS (1939-1945)
*'Today we know that Israel's triumph in 1967 was a Pyrrhic victory. Tom Segev's 1967 makes that more clear than anything written on the subject . . . Segev documents this historic tragedy brilliantly, authoritatively, as no one has before.' AMOS ELON, HA - 'Excellent book'
LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS - 'A riveting narrative . . . [that] offers a shrewd insight into the nation's psyche'
THE ECONOMIST - 'Despite the controversy, this left=wing journalist has emerged as one of the foremost historians of the [Israel/Palestine] region