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In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War, or simply as “the Setback.” Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days of intense Arab-Israeli fighting in the summer of 1967.

Writing with a novelist’s command of narrative and a historian’s grasp of fact and motive, Michael B. Oren spotlights all the participants—Arab, Israeli, Soviet, and American—that were involved in this earth-shaking clash. Drawing on thousands of top-secret documents and exclusive personal interviews, he recreates the regional and international context that, by the late 1960s, virtually assured an Arab-Israeli conflagration.

A towering work of history and an enthralling human narrative, Six Days of War is the most important book on the Middle East conflict to appear in a generation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Oren brings a novelist’s flair to recounting...the war. His meticulous research cuts through the propagandized histories on all sides.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Powerful…A highly readable, even gripping account of the 1967 conflict…[Oren] has woven a seamless narrative out of a staggering variety of diplomatic and military strands.”

    New York Times

  • “First rate.”

    Washington Post

  • Six Days of War is a powerful rendering of what has turned out to be a world-historical event.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is not only the best book so far written on the Six-Day War, it is likely to remain the best.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A magisterial work that is riveting reading.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Compelling, perhaps even vital, reading.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Phenomenal…Breathtaking history…A profoundly talented writer…This book is not only one of the best books on this critical episode in Middle East history; it’s one of the best-written books I’ve read this year, in any genre.”

    Jerusalem Post

  • “With a remarkably assured style, Oren elucidates nearly every aspect of the conflict…Oren’s [book] will remain the authoritative chronicle of the war. His achievement as a writer and a historian is awesome.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “There have been many books written on the Six-Day War; none breaks new ground like this magnificent book does.”

    Fouad Ajami, NPR

  • “This is the most complete history to date of the Six-Day War of 1967.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Oren is not only a lucid, compelling writer, but reader Robert Whitfield is a master at narrative drive through intonation alone. The listener cannot put this book down. A triumph.”


  • Winner of the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the National Jewish Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike F | 2/11/2014

    " Very good military history. Oren is now Isreali ambassador to US. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ari | 1/27/2014

    " Reads closer to a textbook than I'd have liked and could also benefit from more and better maps. Even so, this book does a great job setting the scene for the war - a much more complicated and lengthy process than the war itself and something I knew far less about. A good read if you like the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Del Simmons | 1/27/2014

    " An interesting history of the war that shaped the border lines of the modern middle east. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew Pessin | 1/17/2014

    " important, thorough, excellent, gripping account of the six-day war. takes you minute by minute in the weeks leading up to the war, and through the six days themselves, rotating through the different perspectives and political and military maneuverings: Egyptian, Israeli, Jordanian, Syrian, USA/USSR, etc.... Lots of behind the scenes cold war shenanigans ... "

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