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The liberty incident : the 1967 Israeli attack on the U.S. Navy spy ship
Cristol, A. Jay, 1929-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Brassey's, [2002]

Physical Description:
xx, 295 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Roll in on target -- The two-month crisis -- Why was the Liberty in harm's way? -- The Liberty targeted -- The air and sea attacks -- In the aftermath -- Friendly fire kills -- Survivor's perceptions -- Conspiracy theories -- Tall tales vs. reality -- Did Dayan order it? -- American investigates -- Israel investigates -- Television's perspective -- Red herrings and myths -- Final analysis -- Epilogue -- In memoriam -- Appendix 1: Official investigations of the Liberty incident -- Appendix 2: Israel Air Force audiotapes.
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DS127.6.N3 C74 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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On June 8th 1967, at the height of the Six-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbours, Israeli air and naval forces attacked the USS Liberty, an intelligence-collection ship in the service of Israel's closest ally, while that vessel steamed in international waters off the Sinai Peninsula. The Israelis killed 34 Americans, wounded 171 and nearly sank the ship. Dozens of theories exist about what happened that day. Official inquiries conducted in both the United States and Israel attributed the event to faulty communications and tragic error, but survivors remain outspoken and not alone in their belief that the Israelis acted deliberately.

Author Notes

A. Jay Cristol, J.D., Ph.D., currently a federal judge, spent eighteen years as a naval aviator and twenty in the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps. He retired as a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve and lives in Miami, Florida

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Glossaryp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
1 Roll In on Targetp. 1
2 The Two-Month Crisisp. 9
3 Why Was the Liberty in Harm's Way?p. 23
4 The Liberty Targetedp. 33
5 The Air and Sea Attacksp. 45
6 In the Aftermathp. 61
7 Friendly Fire Killsp. 73
8 Survivors' Perceptionsp. 85
9 Conspiracy Theoriesp. 103
10 Tall Tales vs. Realityp. 125
11 Did Dayan Order It?p. 141
12 America Investigatesp. 149
13 Israel Investigatesp. 165
14 Television's Perspectivep. 175
15 Red Herrings and Mythsp. 187
16 Final Analysisp. 195
Epiloguep. 203
In Memoriamp. 205
Appendix 1 Official Investigations of the Liberty Incidentp. 207
Appendix 2 Israel Air Force Audiotapesp. 209
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 271
Indexp. 285
About the Authorp. 295