Book Review of Six Days of War: 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Michael Oren, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press, 2003
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0345461926

A fabulous and fascinating read. Don’t get discouraged by the first 150 pages of political background. Once Day 1 begins with a necessary Israeli pre-emptive air strike that eradicates the Egyptian Air Force within the first 3 hours, it’s hard to put down. Oren (currently Israel’s ambassador to the US) is a first-rate historian and a first-class writer. This book has gained a reputation as the history of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Amid all the unexpected and unpredictable vagaries of circumstance, Oren traces an outline that he can only identify ambiguously as “chance” but which stands out in clear, bold relief as the shape of a hand called Providence. Six Days of War is a riveting, revelatory, page-turner. It not only explains so much about contemporary events and sentiments, but also illustrates so much Bible without ever intending to. Both biblical-historical as well as biblical-eschatological events will make even more sense when you see similar scenes played out on the pages of a modern historical miracle.

Reviewed by: Layton Talbert, Ph.D., Professor of Theology in BJU Seminary.

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