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Assault on the Liberty Mass Market Paperback – February 12, 1987


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804101086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804101080
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've never read a more graphic depiction of war at sea...an insider's book by an honest participant. -- Pulitzer Prize-winner Seymour Hersh

One of the finest accounts of combat at sea...the most important book you'll read this year. -- The Hartford Courant

The writing is first class. The relationships and conflicts of important shipboard personalities add suspense and human drama. -- Washington Post Book World --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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Remember the Liberty!
William Hughes
Yet we come one step closer to the truth.
H. Moric
This amazing book is well written.
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146 of 155 people found the following review helpful By K. Sprowl on October 29, 2003
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This riveting book reads like a thriller, but it is, unfortunatley non-fiction.
The author offers eyewitness testimony and supporting documentation to the unbelievable-- a serious attempt to murder American servicemen, by an "ally."
In 1967, the USS LIberty, while in international waters, was bombed, torpedoed, and napalmed by Israel, and her life rafts machine gunned. This though she was clearly flying American colors, and was signalling "US Navy ship."
The survivors, repeated requests for a Senate investigation, have been stalled, refused, obfuscated, and labelled "anti-Jewish" for over 30 years. The "anti-Jewish" claims hang false, as some of the killed and injured Americans were Jewish.
Israel has repeatedly asserted that the attack was a mistake. Let's have that investigation, and settle the matter, once and for all. Where's the harm to knowing the truth?
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210 of 226 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 24, 2003
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"Attack on the Liberty" is a riveting first hand account of the brutal attack on a United States Navy ship, cruising in international waters, by air and navel forces of the State of Israel. Apologists for the Israelis have fabricated various fanciful theories ranging from the attack being a "tragic accident" to such bizarre notions as the Liberty actively spying for the Egyptians, against the Israelis - thus "justifying" the attack.
This first hand account, written by the United States Naval officer who was the officer of the deck on the Liberty during the attack, provides a gripping narrative of the events that led to the deaths of 34 Americans and the wounding of 171 more (including the author). It is a fact-rich retelling of the events. The author provides extensive details, with citations to specific documentary records and specific witnesses, unlike the apologists for the Israelis, who almost uniformly cite anonymous or confidential "sources."
Mr. Ennes provides a moment by moment description of the attack, its brutality, and its effects on himself and his shipmates. His detailed first hand account of the repeated Israeli reconnaissance, flights prior to the attack, their careful jamming of the Liberty's radio frequencies during the attack, the obvious and prominently displayed American flag on the ship, and the conduct of the Israeli torpedo boat crews in machine-gunning of the ship's life rafts, leads to the inescapable conclusion that the attack was deliberate and premeditated.
The book also deals with the efforts by the United States government to cover-up the culpability of the Israeli government in the attack. This is compelling reading for anyone interested in this shameful chapter in American history.
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137 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Bert Ruiz on May 29, 2003
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"Assault on the Liberty," is a thought-provoking book that deserves to be read by all interested in understanding the truth. Author James M. Ennes Jr., provides a detailed and painstaking analysis of a tragic event. To this end, he quite properly sets in perspective the often too-glibly-taken conclusion that the attack on the USS Liberty was an accident. There is no doubt that the author is honest and patriotic. He answered the nation's call to duty...he was on the Liberty...he was wounded and he witnessed the death of American sailors. Highly recommended.
Bert Ruiz
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100 of 109 people found the following review helpful By William Hughes on January 26, 2004
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This is a compelling, documented and authoritative account, told by an eyewitness of the murderous Israeli attack, on June 8, 1967, on the USS Liberty. Every American should read this book and demand that the Israelis responsible for this deliberate assault, which took the lives of 34 brave Americans and wounded 172 others, be brought to the bar of justice. The truth is the Israelis were looking to sink the Liberty and to blame it on the Egyptians. There has been a cover-up. Thanks to Lt. James M. Ennes, and the other Liberty survivors, and their faithful supporters, however, the fight for justice goes on. To begin your education about the Liberty, buy and read this book, and get active. Remember the Liberty!
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By H. Moric on March 29, 2006
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A FIRSTHAND account of what actually went down on the 1967 Israeli MASSACRE of the US Liberty. An immediate cover-up ensues BY THE US! The victims become the guilty. Simply outrageous. Yet we come one step closer to the truth. Who do you think is pulling the US strings? The almighty Israel Lobby. I suppose now I'll become brandished an anti-Semite for mentioning a simple truth. Decide for yourselves.
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By William A. Heimiller on January 30, 2006
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After I spoke to two veterans and had several correspondence with a couple of those on the pro-Israeli side of the attack, some points:

1: The key to understanding the attack will be the NSA spy plane transcripts/recordings, which haven't been divulged yet. I think the survivors want them released. Consistently the pro-Israeli argument never even refers to the existence of these records, so I suspect these NSA records might be the key.

2: I understand the pro-Israeli interests lying about this attack to protect the essential US support of Israel, but several go over the line, such as when a rabbi at a Naval base had the book removed from a base exchange after he called it and its author anti-semetic.

3: The motivation to dismiss the Liberty attack as an accident is overwhelming on the Jewish side, with seemingly no one on the pro-Israeli side offering even question as to whether the Liberty was known to be a US ship before the attack.

4: To be clear, no investigation has actually been done on this matter, despite the pro-Israeli interests claiming several have. No interviews by an official investigation body were ever done. The only statements taken were during the US Navy inquiry, and it was made clear that the survivors could not give statements on the attack itself when that inquiry was done, so even the Naval inquiry never qualified as an investigation. A true investigation by Congress is necessary. This is the only major naval military incident in which an investigation hasn't been done.
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