First Edition of Chaim Herzog's The War of Atonement; Inscribed by Him

  • The War of Atonement: The Inside Story of the Yom Kippur War.

The War of Atonement: The Inside Story of the Yom Kippur War.

Item Number: 40007

London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1975.

First edition of the authoritative account of The Yom Kippur War. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Air Vice Marshal Menaul in friendship Chaim Herzog.” The recipient was William (Paddy) Menaul, commander of the British Atomic Trials task force. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

This is the authoritative account of the Israeli army’s performance in the bitter Yom Kippur War of 1973. The origins of the war amid the turbulent history of competing powers in the Middle East are fully explored, as is the build-up of Arab forces that almost inexplicably caught Israel by surprise. The author then provides a gripping narrative of the conflict itself, punctuated by firsthand accounts and interviews with combatants. The War of Atonement is full of drama and tales of inspirational bravery, as Israel defied the odds to defeat the two-pronged invasion. An analysis of the political implications of the conflict bring this epic tale to a close. "A scrupulously researched account...the most authoritative yet to have appeared" Financial Times).