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October Earthquake: Yom Kippur 1973

October Earthquake: Yom Kippur 1973 (Paperback)

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October Earthquake presents a chronological account of the days surrounding the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) War, along with the significant military and political events of each day of the conflict. Zeev Schiff's comments on Israel's exaggerated self-confidence, the hopelessness of Israeli leadership, the intelligence failure, the concept of the Bar Lev Line, the role of the air force, and the preparedness of the Arab army are interspersed throughout. Rather than judging and awarding "grades" to the parties involved in the war, this work bases itself on authentic source materials, such as recordings of command discussions during the battles, and documents. Many of the details included are not found elsewhere. The author skillfully weaves the recollections and accounts of many participants and commentators into a coherent narrative that brings to life the war's events. Although written largely from the perspective of Israelis, October Earthquake reviews political, diplomatic, and military events in Egypt that set the stage for the war.

In the postscript, Schiff also explores key lessons for Israel from the Yom Kippur War, which ended its sense of invincibility and complacency, despite Israel's impressive victories on the battlefield. Winner of the Sokolov Prize, Israel's highest journalism award, this book should be read by all foreign policy specialists, historians, and anyone interested in the Middle East.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500History & PoliticsMilitary HistoryMilitary history: post WW2 conflictsHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyMiddle Eastern history Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc Publication Date: 15/01/2013 ISBN-13: 9781412849845  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Zeev Schiff (1932-2007) was a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, USA and Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, USA. Recipient of the Sokolov Journalism, Amos Lev and Sarah Reichenstein prizes, his books include A History of the Israeli Army: 1874 to the Present and War of Deception.

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