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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken; Reprint edition (Oct. 4 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805211241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805211245
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.4 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Levy on June 23 2004
Format: Hardcover
Even if you're not a military history buff, this is a great book. Yes, there is lots of info and detail on the military aspects of the conflict - the great armor battles, the air war, tactics and strategies. But the author also provides alot of background material on the personalities involved - who actually managed the war behind the scenes as well as fought it on the front lines, the strong and weak on both sides, the heroism of the common soldier. I found the information about Henry Kissinger, and his penchant for working around Nixon, to be very interesting.
All in all, a compelling book about a war that continues to shape the Mid-East even today.
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In reading military history, one will often find that all human perspective is drowned in tactics and weapons systems or, conversely, that human elements have distracted the author and overwhelmed the war's place in history. This can be especially true in regard to the wars of Israel because there is such an intense emotion surrounding them. Happily, Abraham Rabinovich has avoided both of these problems with his masterful "The Yom Kippur War". Moreover, he succeeds admirably in placing the war with in the broader context of the region and the times.
What makes "The Yom Kippur War" so successful is that Rabinovich captures and dissects all of the elements necessary to look at the war not just as a series of battles, but as a subject worthy of historical study. These might be described as the prologue, the war itself (battles, casualties, personalities, etc.), battlefield innovation (tactics and weapons), geopolitics and historical perspective. Alone, each area is well researched and written, combined they form one of the most effective and impressive military histories one is likely to encounter.
By defining the Yom Kippur War as a product of numerous clashes dating back to Israel's founding, Rabinovich transcends a simple narrative of events and forces the reader to consider the root causes of the conflict, and how those causes dictated its course. One simple example is how Israel's stunning victory in The Six Day War lead to an institutional arrogance that meant they started the war poorly deployed and with limited ability to improvise in its early days. Moreover, Rabinovich does a nice job of capturing the Arab, and particularly the Egyptian, point of view.
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I've read and watched many books and documentaries on Israel's history and Wars. Abraham Rabinovich has done an amazing job with this book. He examines the war from every angle and his depiction of the battle is so colorful and real that its as though you are right there on the battlefield. I also liked the way Rabinovich explained the psyche of each of the generals, Saddat, Meir, Kissinger, and all the other players in the conflict. The only thing I craved more detail on was the activation of Israel's nuclear arsenal. I have read about this in other texts and some relate this to the possible outcome of the war. Rabinovich doesn't get into this at all. This should be a required reading for every Israeli student and for anyone interested in Middle East history. Great job Mr. Rabinovich!! A+++
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