Untangling history’s greatest controversies

Every month, host Zach Cornwell takes a hard look at the historical conflicts that raise difficult questions, stoke controversy, and send our moral compasses spinning.

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The Third Temple: Yom Kippur War Part 1

The Yom Kippur War of 1973 has been described as the greatest military intelligence failure since Pearl Harbor. This is the story of how a surprise attack almost destroyed the nation of Israel. (Part One)

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Blum, Howard. The Eve of Destruction. 2003.

Klagsbrun, Francine. Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel. 2017.

Herzog, Chaim. The War of Atonement. 1975.

Charles Rivers Editors. The Yom Kippur War. 2017.

Abraham Rabinovich. The Yom Kippur War. 2004.

Bregman, Ahron. The Spy Who Fell To Earth. 2016.

Oren, Michael B. Six Days of War. 2002.

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