General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army, ret.; author of "My Share of the Task"
June 5, 1967. The nineteen-year-old state of Israel issurrounded by enemies who want nothing less thanher utter extinction. The Soviet-equipped EgyptianArmy has massed a thousand tanks on the nation ssouthern border. Syrian heavy guns are shelling herfrom the north. To the east, Jordan and Iraq aremoving mechanized brigades and fighter squadronsinto position to attack. Egypt s President Nasser hasdeclared that the Arab force s objective is the destructionof Israel. The rest of the world turns a blind eyeto the new nation s desperate peril.
June 10, 1967. The Arab armies have been routed, ground divisions wiped out, air forces totally destroyed.Israel s citizen-soldiers have seized the Gaza Strip andthe Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the Golan Heightsfrom Syria, East Jerusalem and the West Bank fromJordan. The land under Israeli control has tripled.Her charismatic defense minister, Moshe Dayan, hasentered the Lion s Gate of the Old City of Jerusalemto stand with the paratroopers who have liberatedJudaism s holiest site the Western Wall, part of theruins of Solomon s temple, which has not been in Jewishhands for nineteen hundred years.
It is one of the most unlikely and astonishing militaryvictories in history.
Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with veteransof the war fighter and helicopter pilots, tankcommanders and Recon soldiers, paratroopers, as wellas women soldiers, wives, and others bestsellingauthor Steven Pressfield tells the story of the Six DayWar as you ve never experienced it before: in the voicesof the young men and women who battled not onlyfor their lives but for the survival of a Jewish state, andfor the dreams of their ancestors.
By turns inspiring, thrilling, and heartbreaking, "TheLion s Gate" is both a true tale of military courage underfire and a journey into the heart of what it means tofight for one s people."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-05-19
- Reviewer: Staff
The 1967 Six Day War radically changed the balance of power between Israel and its neighbors, and, according to Moshe Dayan, inaugurated the image of the warrior Jew. Excerpting from 63 hours of interviews with Israeli soldiers, Pressman (The War of Art) provides an up-close-and-personal, if one-sided, view of the war. The soldiers' and flyers' accounts are particularly notable on Operation Moked—through which Israeli pilots effectively won the war in its first hour by destroying the Egyptian Air Force—and on the battle for the Jerusalem's Old City. For Israelis, the moment when Israeli paratroopers stood at the Western Wall constituted an emotional high point, even a kind of moment of redemption; one soldier, referring to his ancestors who had been killed in the Holocaust, told Pressman, "if they could know, somehow, even for one second, that I, their grandson, would be standing here... they would suffer death a thousand times and count it as nothing." Pressfield too often sketches scenes without following through with necessary details, and the book could have benefitted from more maps, but it is a colorful and informative view of the war that made contemporary Israel. Photos and maps (May)