Suez 1956 : The Inside Story of the First Oil War, Paperback Book

Suez 1956 : The Inside Story of the First Oil War Paperback

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In October 1956, Britain, France and Israel launched an attack on Egypt.

For each of the contenders there was much more at stake than the future of the Canal.

None of the combatants in the Suez campaign emerged in glory which may be why, in recent years, it has been largely relegated to academic studies.

But the events surrounding the invasion, while combining the high drama with elements of political farce that make for a compelling story, had a greater impact on world affairs than many more famous conflicts.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544 pages, 2 x 8pp b/w pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Asian history
  • ISBN: 9780340837696

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Quite readable. A mixture of political and military history. The emphasis is on the former, but it includes eye witness accounts by some of the soldiers. It is very critical of Eden, and indeed of the British political and military establishment in general.

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A very good sized, authoritative account. Definitive in terms of dates, event description, & sources & good research. In terms of overall criticism, it leans heavily into the anti Eden camp, with some good measure, in places, but in others, makes comparisons which belie the authors own political views, I felt. This led away from the impartiality I would have liked to see from a book that otherwise has a lot to recommend it. Pacing & narrative style in the first third could be slow, but this does quicken & by the last third, is much better. A good description of one of the most defining moments in English & Israeli history. Worth a look.