The Eve of Destruction by Howard Blum

The Eve of Destruction

By Howard Blum

  • Release Date: 2009-10-06
  • Genre: History
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On October 6, 1973—Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar—the Arab world launched a bold and ingeniously conceived surprise attack against Israel. After three days of intense, bloody combat, an unprepared Israel was fighting for survival, while the Arabs, with massive forces closing in on the Jewish heartland, were poised to redeem the honor lost in three previous wars.

Based on declassified Israeli government documents and revealing interviews with soldiers, generals, and intelligence operatives on both sides of the conflict, The Eve of Destruction weaves a suspenseful, eye-opening story of war, politics, and deception. It also tells the moving human tale of the men and women who fought to maintain love and honor as their lives and destinies were swept up in the Yom Kippur War.


  • Pride

    By Sistergmw
    In reading this volume, I remember that I was a young nurse in 1973 in the USA when I heard about the Yom Kippur War. Israel has always been my love, as the psalmist sang a few thousand years ago, " If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither, let my tongue cleave to my jaws if I do not place Jerusalem above all my joys!" What really happened in the world of Jews and Arabs is the moral quagmire of pride. The pride that one's own nation/people are more important than the common interest of all people. We are all human beings FIRST. Why is this forgotten so often? All this emphasis on the proliferation of more sophisticated weaponry--people need to put that effort into peace and watching out for the other person so all of us can enjoy the "fruits of the earth" and happiness regardless of background or culture. Reading this book made me very sad that so many people were murdered on both sides for no reason and in such awful ways. Note that I don't mention race because I don't believe in the concept, except the general term, human race. What is described as racial differences is only a matter of ENVIRONMENT and nothing else! For instance, a person with white skin came from the northern regions of the earth where the sun's rays aren't so intense. The body needs vitamin D which is formed in the layers of the skin under the influence of the sun. Therefore, white skin allows more sun to form Vitamin D. Dark skinned people came from areas of the earth where the sun is very intense, so the sun's rays must be blocked to an extent and melanin does this. I could point out reasons for other physical differences, but I prefer to have the reader research them. Nevertheless, the most important idea is this: "Live and let live." Let's help one another rather than hurt one another. We are all human beings together, equally.