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The Two O'Clock War: The 1973 Yom Kippur…

The Two O'Clock War: The 1973 Yom Kippur Conflict and the Airlift That…

by Walter J. Boyne

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312273037, Hardcover)

In The Two O'Clock War Walter J. Boyne chronicles with intense detail the brief but furious October 1973 invasion of Israel by Egypt and Syria, an episode also known as the Yom Kippur War. Boyne alternates his attention between actual battlefield descriptions and the equally frantic maneuvering by diplomats and statesmen of the combatant countries, their allies. and, most ominously, Russia and the United States, which refused to stop rattling their sabers at each other. At least twice, the region--and by implication the greater world--came perilously close to suffering the ultimate nightmare: nuclear war. Boyne's language is often blunt but he is generally fair-minded: his showers of blame and praise fall on individuals on both sides of the conflict. Running through the book is his premise, convincingly presented, that a massive American airlift--Operation Nickel Grass--was the decisive factor in Israel's fending off defeat. The book--especially its military sections--demands a reader's full attention. --H. O'Billovich

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"It's usually called the Yom Kippur War. Or sometimes the October War. The players who surround it are familiar: Sadat and Mubarak, Meir and Sharon, Nixon and Kissinger, Brezhnev and Dobrynin. It was a war that brought Arab and Jew into vicious conflict, a war in which Israel almost unleashed her nuclear arsenal and set two superpowers on a treacherous course of nuclear escalation." "It was a war that eventually brought peace, but a peace fraught with delicate tensions, disputed borders, and a legacy of further bloodshed." "The Two O'Clock War is a chronicle of the international chess game that was played out in October 1973. It is a story of diplomacy and military might that accounts for many of the dilemmas faced in the present-day Middle East."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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