"The Yom Kippur War" Israel Favorite Tip by jadedmuse
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Favorite thing: Written by Abraham Rabinovich (a journalist who reported on said war for the Jerusalem Post), this book is one of my favorites. I learned so much by reading it, and was glued to each page. I'm not much for military and wars, but this was so fascinating I couldn't put it down once I started it.
It still blows my mind: "Rabinovich's masterly narrative begins as Israel convinces itself there will be no war, while Egypt and Syria plot the two-front conflict. Then, on Yom Kippur, Saturday, October 6, 1973, we see Arab armies pouring across the shattered Bar-Lev Line in the Sinai and through the Golan defenses. Even the famed Israeli air force could not stop them. On the Golan alone, Syria sent 1.460 tanks against Israel's 177, and 115 artillery batteries against Israeli's 11. And for the first time, foot soldiers wielding anti-tank weapons were able to stop tank charges, while surface-to-air missiles protected those troops from air attack.
Rabinovich takes us into this inferno and into the inner sanctums of military and political decision making. He allows us to witness the dramatic turnaround that had the Syrians on the run by the following Wednesday and the great counterattack across the Suez Canal that, once begun, took international intervention to halt.
Using extensive interviews with both participants and observers, and with access to recently declassified materials, Rabinovich shows that the drama of war lay not only in the battles but also in the apocalyptic visions it triggered in Israel, the hopes and fears it inspired in the Arab world, the heated conflicts on both sides about the conduct of the war, and the concurrent American face-off with the Soviets in Washington D.C., Moscow, and the Mediterranean. A comprehensive account of one of the pivotal conflicts of the twentieth century."
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