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The Israeli-Egyptian War of Attrition, 1969-1970
The Israeli-Egyptian War of Attrition, 1969-1970
By Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov
Columbia University Press, 1980, 248 pp.

A detailed account and sophisticated analysis of a classic case of limited war, but one that kept bursting out of its supposed limitations as both Egypt and Israel tried to use it to make major strategic and political gains. The war itself was a draw (to which Soviet intervention contributed), and U.S. diplomacy gets credit for bringing both parties to a truce and a dialogue.