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Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas Hardcover – March 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 477 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The; First Edition edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595583254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595583253
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

McGeough (Manhattan to Baghdad) offers a meticulously researched, if in places excessively detailed treatment of Palestinian political history. Based on interviews conducted with key players and Hamas leader Khalid Mishal, the narrative focuses on the attempted assassination in 1997 of Mishal by Mossad, the Israeli secret service, and examines how the bungled poisoning catalyzed Hamas—previously marginalized and labeled a terrorist group—to rise to power. The brazen attempt on Mishal's life in broad daylight while he was taking his sons for a haircut in Amman, Jordan, galvanized the movement; Mishal became a household name in the Middle East and Hamas members called him "the martyr who did not die." By 2004, Hamas's refusal to abandon the use of suicide bombers turned international opinion against the organization, but by this time even Jimmy Carter had visited Mishal, and Arafat's PLO had been pushed aside as the sole representative of the Palestinian cause. This is the definitive chronicle of the Middle East crisis during the Clinton years and in the post-9/11 era. (Mar.)
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'But it is a style that for the most part matches the bizarre story Paul McGeough is telling...he has a sharp eye for the way in which both sides in the conflict have played the media.' Duncan Campbell Smith -Times Literary Supplement. 'McGeough tells the story of the Amman plot in the gritty, unsentimental style of a hard-boiler thriller.' Adam Shat- London Review of Books. Kill Khalid is a reporter's book drawing plentifully on interviews with the important players, including Mishal. Geoff Dyer- The Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Paul McGeough is the chief correspondent and a former editor of Australia's Sydney Morning Herald and the author of three books on the Middle East. He has twice been named Australian Journalist of the Year and in 2002 was awarded the Johns Hopkins University-based SAIS Novartis prize for excellence in international journalism. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Customer Reviews

Reads like a mystery novel.
R. Barzin
Paul McGeough does an excellent job of telling a sensitive story, researching and putting forth the facts as they happened.
Mahmoud Al-Qudsi
This is a must read for anyone who wants to get a better understanding of the current situation in the Middle East.
Taylor

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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mahmoud Al-Qudsi on March 9, 2009
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Paul McGeough's "Kill Khalid" is an excellent example of journalistic writing done right. It tells the story of Khalid Mishal and what makes him tick, going back into some of the most complicated events in recent history and unravelling them with precision and enthusiasm.

"Kill Khalid" is an intense book, with every meaning of the word. McGeough brings to light some of the best-kept secrets of Middle Eastern politics in a very talented manner. He does an excellent job of explaining the reasons for some of the most twisted of diplomatic plots & actions; showing just how sensitive these matters were and how each and every step taken in Middle East politics has an amplified effect on the world at large.

"Kill Khalid" is more than just the story of Hamas and its mysterious and charismatic leader - it's an insight into the minds of leaders and influential philosophers that have shaped the current Palestinian situation ever since the start of the British Mandate in the early 90s.

Paul McGeough does an excellent job of telling a sensitive story, researching and putting forth the facts as they happened. It's very objectively told, and McGeough doesn't hold back any punches when it comes to putting the blame for the current mess where it belongs: on the shoulders of politicians from ages past.

McGeough does a splendid job of explaining such a difficult subject in an incredibly easy and down-to-earth manner, and "Kill Khalid" is a thriller that shares much wisdom and imparts much knowledge while remaining very comprehensible and a - dare I say it - fun read.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Argonautykos 2020 on July 20, 2009
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This is a wonderfully well-researched book. Its journalistic style avoids it being seen as a Ph.d. dissertation. Full of end-of-chapter notes, it reveals McGeough carefulness in detailing what happened and why it happened. The ascent ofHamas is a lesson from Machiavellian plotting.The author bases his argument in FOIA-released affidavits and a lot of personal, confidential interviewing with the personalities involved.

Kudos !

Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Under Exposed on April 30, 2013
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This is one of the most rewarding books I've read in years.

The incredible, true story of the failed Israeli assassination attempt on Khalid Mishal is more riveting than any spy novel. The text is well-written and fast-paced.

The story has a tremendous ring of truth about it. The background is thoroughly researched, including material from the author's interviews with important sources including Mishal himself. The author is a distinguished former newspaper editor who has been writing on the middle east for decades.

Unexpectedly, I found the book also gave me much better perspective and insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conlict. I found it very rewarding on that score alone.

I thoroughly recommend this book to all.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Barzin on September 9, 2009
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Great history of the Middle East with unique insites about the underlying problem of religion and politics. A balanced view of what has happened re the Israel/Palistine problem for the last 60 years. Reads like a mystery novel.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lindyann on January 5, 2010
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This book contains a huge amount of data about people, places, things, and the ideologies they project. Most names of people and places are Arabic, stretching the ability of my personal brain to retain them. So, it is not a quick read. It is, however, definitely a worthwhile read and, except for the Arabic names (for me) is not difficult. "Kill Khalid" traces the birth of Hamas from the Muslim Brotherhood (which Israel once supported over Arafat's Fatah)and its growth into something comparable to the IRA, with a political arm and a military arm called the Qassam Brigades. Khalid Meshal is currently the overall head of the organization and lives in exile in Syria following an attempt on his life in Jordan by Israel's Mossad (1997). Hence the title chosen for this book.
I grew to respect the Meshal and Hamas of the present after learning where they came from both physically and intellectually. I no longer believe the propaganda that presents Hamas as the "evil entity" that seized power from Israel's and the U.S.' current collaborator and favorite, Fatah. You will need to read the book to find out why: the explanation is too detailed & complex to do fairly in an unofficial review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Soirse on March 7, 2013
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This is an amazing story; we first saw a documentary about the story on Al Jazeera English and then I purchased the book for my husband for his birthday. He's not done with it yet, but says it is quite fascinating in terms of Middle Eastern history. It has a lot of detail about the situation with Israel but is fast-paced as well. Well worth reading. I'll read it next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Windpilot on April 13, 2012
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This book is very useful for anyone who want to know a little about what is going on Palestine.
I do not think I have anything to write more than I DID recommend this book for family and friends.
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By Flor on March 10, 2013
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I LIKE TO READ BOOKS OF ATHER CULTURES AND SEE ALL THE DIFFERENCES WITH OUR COUNTRY AND SINCE THE MIDDLE EAST IS VERY IMPORTANT IN OUR DAILY DAYS IS GOOD TO KNOW ANOTHER APPROACH.
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