The author of this book has written a very readable and thorough narrative. . . . Henkin is at his best describing the military moves during the conflict, but he is at ease unraveling the tangled web of multilateral interests and actions. . . Ultimately, the author does a nice job of outlining the overall lack of Israeli readiness for war and demonstrates well how the Western powers brought Israel into the conflict. Henkin's book is a good regional military and diplomatic history that properly situates the conflict and helps dispel some long-held misconceptions about the Arab-Israeli crisis.