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  The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East
The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East
 
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Abraham Rabinovich

Publisher: Random House


The Yom Kippur War was the most dramatic of the Arab-Israeli conflicts, and it opened the way for what has come to be called "The Middle East Peace Process." In it Israel lost three times as many dead proportionally in 20 days than did the American army in a decade of fighting in Vietnam. As a result it triggered apocalyptic visions in Israel, both hopes and fears in the Arab world, and heated internal conflicts on both sides about the conduct of the war. Rabinovich's masterful narrative begins as Israel convinces itself there will be no war while the Arabs plot it and continues through the explosive beginning of hostilities, the harrowing conflict itself to its climatic end and the incriminations that followed. Using extensive interviews and autobiographical accounts, as well as recently declassified materials, Rabinovich reconstructs who knew what, when, and from what sources in the years and months prior to the surprise Arab attack and the actual battles that followed--battles that included the largest tank clashes since World War II. He puts the reader on the battlefield and in the inner sanctums of military and political decision making. He shows us the American military's face-off with the Soviets in the Mediterranean and the massive weapons airlifts it inspired. Perhaps most unusually of all, Rabinovich also uses Arab sources to paint a vivid picture of the war from the Arab perspective.

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