June 5, 1967:
The nineteen-year-old state of Israel is surrounded by enemies who want nothing less than her utter extinction. The Soviet-equipped Egyptian Army has massed a thousand tanks on the nation’s southern border. Syrian heavy guns are shelling her from the north. To the east, Jordan and Iraq are moving mechanized brigades and fighter squadrons into position to attack. Egypt’s President Nasser has declared that the Arab force’s objective is “the destruction of Israel.” The rest of the world turns a blind eye to the new nation’s desperate peril.
Six Days Later…
The Arab armies have been routed, ground divisions wiped out, air forces totally destroyed. Israel’s citizen-soldiers have seized the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan. The land under Israeli control has tripled. Her charismatic defense minister, Moshe Dayan, has entered the Lion’s Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem to stand with the paratroopers who have liberated Judaism’s holiest site—the Western Wall, part of the ruins of Solomon’s temple, which has not been in Jewish hands for nineteen hundred years.
One of the most improbable and astonishing military victories in history. The stuff of legend. But this is no mythical legend, graphic novel or Hollywood screenplay. This is the story of the week that changed the Middle East forever, lived by real men and women. And the subject of the new book from Steven Pressfield. Steve, as most of you know, is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve raved about his books like The War of Art and Turning Pro in the blog before. Now he’s written this history of the six-day war, through the eyes of the citizen-soldiers: the view from the cockpit, inside the tank, and under the helmet. Whether you're a history buff, military geek or just a fan of great writing, this book is a great read. As a student of prosperity, you’ll love the insights into the psyche of combat, facing overwhelming challenges, and coming out victorious on the other side. Check it out and let me know what you think.