The Yom Kippur War

The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East

Publisher: Schocken
In this galvanizing account of the most dramatic of the Arab-Israeli hostilities, Abraham Rabinovich, who reported the conflict for the Jerusalem Post, transports us into the midst of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Rabinovich’s masterly narrative begins as Israel convinces itself there will be no war, while Egypt and Syria plot the two-front conflict. Then, on Yom Kippur, Saturday, October 6, 1973, we see Arab armies pouring across the shattered Bar-Lev Line in the Sinai and through the Golan defenses. Even the famed Israeli air force could not stop them. On the Golan alone, Syria sent 1,460 tanks against Israel’s 177, and 115 artillery batteries against Israel’s 11. And for the first time, footsoldiers wielding anti-tank weapons were able to stop tank charges, while surface-to-air missiles protected those troops from air attack

Rabinovich takes us into this inferno and into the inner sanctums of military and political decision making. He allows us to witness the dramatic turnaround that had the Syrians on the run by the following Wednesday and the great counterattack across the Suez Canal that, once begun, took international intervention to halt.

Using extensive interviews with both participants and observers, and with access to recently declassified materials, Rabinovich shows that the drama of the war lay not only in the battles but also in the apocalyptic visions it triggered in Israel, the hopes and fears it inspired in the Arab world, the heated conflicts on both sides about the conduct of the war, and the concurrent American face-off with the Soviets in Washington, D.C., Moscow, and the Mediterranean. A comprehensive account of one of the pivotal conflicts of the twentieth century.


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Footprints in the Sand

Capt. Motti Ashkenazi was not a man to accept a perceived wrong without protest. The outpost in Sinai his unit of reservists took over two weeks before Yom Kippur was in an advanced state of neglect. Barbed-wire fencing had sunken almost entirely into the sand, trenches were...
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"The best general history of the Yom Kippur War. . . . Outstanding." --Ha'aretz

"Compelling and intelligent. A seamless, riveting narrative. . . . Never before has the Israeli experience in the Yom Kippur War been so sensitively and intricately documented." --The Washington Post

"Rabinovich's extra efforts to get inside the minds of Arab generals are especially welcome. . . . sheds light on a conflict that altered the psychology and diplomacy of the Middle East down to the present day." --The New York Times Book Review 

"Superbly written. . . . The Yom Kippur War is easily the best and most complete general history of the conflict." --Parameters 

"Truly striking. Rabinovich's book is brilliant, sweeping and insightful." --Naval History

"As no one before, Abraham Rebinovich recounts the whole story of the 1973 Yom Kipur War, that most elusive round of the Arab-Israeli conflict." --Middle East Quarterly

"Superb. I have found few works of military history so difficult to put down." --Jerusalem Report

"Rabinovich displays his keen comprehension of military tactics and strategies with detailed, fast-paced accounts. His eye for political and diplomatic maneuverings is equally sharp." --History Book Club

"Impossible to put down." --Gershom Gorenberg, author of Days of Awe

"Its revalations are astonishing. Its prose is gripping. Its conclusions, richly documented and austerely objective, are intensely trelevant to the Middle Eastern crisis of our own day." --Professor Howard M. Sachar, author of A History of Israel

"Abraham Rabinovich has written an exceptionally exciting book." --Professor Edward N. Luttwak