“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.
THE LION’S GATE: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War (Sentinel; 5/6) by Steven Pressfield, author of twelve previous books, including The War of Art and Gates of Fire, is a skillful and novel approach to one of the most significant and important conflicts in the Middle East. Many “stirring voices from a nation determined to be reckoned with” (Kirkus Reviews) narrate the story—Yael Dayan, Ruth Dayan, Cheetah Choen, Uzi Eilam, Ran Ronen, Giora Romm, Morele Bar-On, Avigador Kahalani, and others. Pressfield also stiches together pieces of biography from Israeli military leader Moshe Dayan—“his” chapters are in the first person, as if in his own words.
What Israel's “greatest generation” did ranks among the utmost military, psychological, emotional and spiritual victories of all time. Pressfield tells the on-the-ground and in-the-air story in way that has not been done before. THE LION’S GATE tells the wider tale through the personal lens of a small number of individuals, whose stories the reader gets to know intimately.
Made up of the oral histories from 63 interviews the author conducted in Israel, France, and the United States, the saga follows only three outfits—Mirage Squadron 119 of the Air Force, the 7th Armored Brigade's Recon Company (first to the Suez Canal), and Paratroop Battalion 71 (first to the Wailing Wall). It’s not merely a historical account, but a thrilling glimpse at the lives of the heroes of the combat, and a reflection on the quest for autonomy, national identity, and destiny that the battle represents. THE LION’S GATE is an indispensable addition to the military nonfiction shelf.
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