The Yom Kippur War

A self-confessed military history nerd at work lent me Walter J. Boyne’s The Yom Kippur War: And the Airlift Strike That Saved Israel.  Contrasted against Oren’s work on the Six Day War,  Boyne’s book provides much greater emphasis on the military equipment used, less information on Israeli politics, very little information on Egyptian and Syrian politics and almost no information on the politics of other Arab countries.  Also, the role the US. airlift (Operation Nickel Grass) played in the war and the creation and operation of that airlift make up a large portion of the book.  That said, the book was easy to read (although the included maps were misplaced in the text and there was no List of Maps provided to clue in the reader to look for them) and covered the subject in sufficient breadth and depth to provide a good base for future readings on the war.

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