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A brilliant look into the psyche of combat. Where he once took us into the Spartan line of battle at Thermopylae, Steven Pressfield now takes us into the sands of the Sinai, the alleys of Old Jerusalem, and into the hearts and souls of soldiers winning a spectacularly improbable victory against daunting odds.
General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Army, ret.; author of My Share of the Task
June 5, 1967. The nineteen-year-old state of Israel issurrounded by enemies who want nothing less thanher utter extinction. The Soviet-equipped EgyptianArmy has massed a thousand tanks on the nationssouthern border. Syrian heavy guns are shelling herfrom the north. To the east, Jordan and Iraq aremoving mechanized brigades and fighter squadronsinto position to attack. Egypts President Nasser hasdeclared that the Arab forces objective is the destructionof Israel. The rest of the world turns a blind eyeto the new nations desperate peril.
June 10, 1967. The Arab armies have been routed,ground divisions wiped out, air forces totally destroyed.Israels citizen-soldiers have seized the Gaza Strip andthe Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the Golan Heightsfrom Syria, East Jerusalem and the West Bank fromJordan. The land under Israeli control has tripled.Her charismatic defense minister, Moshe Dayan, hasentered the Lions Gate of the Old City of Jerusalemto stand with the paratroopers who have liberatedJudaisms holiest sitethe Western Wall, part of theruins of Solomons temple, which has not been in Jewishhands for nineteen hundred years.
It is one of the most unlikely and astonishing militaryvictories in history.
Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with veteransof the warfighter and helicopter pilots, tankcommanders and Recon soldiers, paratroopers, as wellas women soldiers, wives, and othersbestsellingauthor Steven Pressfield tells the story of the Six DayWar as youve never experienced it before: in the voicesof the young men and women who battled not onlyfor their lives but for the survival of a Jewish state, andfor the dreams of their ancestors.
By turns inspiring, thrilling, and heartbreaking, TheLions Gate is both a true tale of military courage underfire and a journey into the heart of what it means tofight for ones people.