“The Lion’s Gate” by Steven Pressfield
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I was 11 when the Six Day War began and ended, and I can barely recall even a mention of it. The 1973 War I know well, because Richard Nixon played a central role and I know RN’s story well.
I of course knew that Israel won a lightning-like, decisive victory in 1967, and I knew the outlines of the air campaign, the tank campaign, and the battle for Jerusalem, and of course know why that ground is so sacred, so central to history.
Two years ago I visited Israel for the first time, for a grand total of three days. Of course I wanted more time and of course I have wanted to go back since leaving.
Now I feel I have to go back, because I understand much more the price paid for my ability to walk those streets and for Jews around the world to come and pray at the Western Wall. Pressfield’s art –and it is art of the highest order– is to fully capture the drama, the intensity and the first-hand accounts of the men and women of the IDF who won the war and of Moshe Dayan who led them, and of the uniqueness of this incredible moment in history.
Stevwn Pressfield will join me in studio for the entire show Wednesday, to allow his many readers to speak with him, and for me to try and get a glimpse of how he made this happen. I posted on Twitter last night that I have no idea how to conduct this interview even though my copy is so heavily annotated. I suspect Pressfield will help me along. Don’t miss the show, and don’t miss the book.