Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East (Revised and Updated)

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East (Revised and Updated)

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The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East (Revised and Updated). By Abraham Rabinovich. New York: Schocken Books, 2017. 608 pp. $20, paper.

Rabinovich's book, originally published in 2004, remains the most informative, readable, and coherent presentation on the Yom Kippur War. The author presents a riveting account of the intensity of the war, deftly shifting from the narrative of overall operations to searing individual accounts of combat without disrupting the flow of strategic and tactical operations.

In this updated version, Rabinovich enriches his account with startling revelations from newly available sources, such as the identification of the son-in-law of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser as an Israeli spy. Other revelations deepen the culpability of Israeli intelligence and top officials: Jordan's King Hussein not only personally warned Israeli prime minister Golda Meir that an attack was imminent but, later in the war, asked her to refrain from an allout attack against Jordanian forces on the Golan Heights. …

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