Dr. Itzhak Brook’s first person account of the 1973 Yom Kippur War is captivating in the tale he tells and in the lessons taught. In the Sands of the Sinai, A physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War, is a timely reminder that individuals make the difference. Cast your mind to
any holiday you find most pleasing. In the days leading up to that morning, you’ve worked yourself to exhaustion. Your sleep is deep as your unconscious mind is soothed by the familiar sounds, smells and feel of this day; the culmination of your year. Instead of the joy and relaxation you know you’ve earned, you rudely awaken to war and an imminent threat to your family and your life. Most U.S. citizens alive today can only come as close to that threat as the morning of September 11, 2001. Imagine if that horror were to happen nation-wide. That is the world that rudely grabbed Brook’s dreams in a bedroom in Rehovot, Israel and threatened his wife and two young children on the morning of Yom Kippur in 1973.
An eternally long fourteen days later Brook would return from that war forever changed. Told with the skill inbred from a culture that values oral history as a complement to the written word, Brook takes his readers for a ride rather than a read. From the time Itzhak Brook lifts his foggy head from the pillow to wrap his mind around the reality of an all-out assault on Israel by Egypt and Syria to his return as a wounded war veteran; the reader lives his life in the trenches of the Sinai. Few realize how close Israel came to annihilation and how ill-prepared the country was to answer the surprise attack. Continue reading