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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; First Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062123408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062123404
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book tells what should have been known and isn’t—that Israel’s hidden force is as formidable as its recognized physical strength.” (Shimon Peres, President of Israel)

“Mossad reads like a spectacular spy novel, and contains the real stories from one of the world’s premiere intelligence agencies. It’s worth reading.” (Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of Defense)

“Two insiders reveal some of the more fantastic episodes in the history of Israeli intelligence operations around the world. A quick and easy read, this book focuses on the operational details and personalities behind the famed Mossad’s record of assassination, kidnapping, sabotage, and clandestine surveillance.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Action-packed accounts of the missions of one of the world’s most effective and mysterious intelligence services.” (Kirkus)

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The Mossad is widely recognized today as the best intelligence service in the world. It is also the most enigmatic, shrouded in secrecy. Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service unveils the defi ning and most dangerous operations that have shaped Israel and the world at large from the agency's more than sixty-year history, among them: the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the eradication of Black September, the destruction of the Syrian nuclear facility, and the elimination of key Iranian nuclear scientists.

Through intensive research and exclusive interviews with Israeli leaders and Mossad agents, authors Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal re-create these missions in riveting detail, vividly bringing to life the heroic operatives who risked everything in the face of unimaginable danger. In the words of Shimon Peres, president of Israel, this gripping, white-knuckle read "tells what should have been known and isn't—that Israel's hidden force is as formidable as its recognized physical strength."


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What a great book and very well written.
Joshua Ford
This book highlights the greatest missions of the Mossad, as well as some of the most noteworthy failures that have tarnished the agency's image.
Book Shark
It gives a historical perspective, and helps me understand current events more clearly.
Alfredo Rodriguez

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal

"Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service" is the fascinating history of Israel's greatest defense against terrorism, the Mossad. An earlier version of this book was published in Israel in 2010 and broke record sales. This book highlights the greatest missions of the Mossad, as well as some of the most noteworthy failures that have tarnished the agency's image. Author Michael Bar-Zohar and Israel's foremost TV personality Nissim Mishal join forces to bring readers insightful accounts into the most dangerous operations for the sake of defense of Israel. This mesmerizing 400-page book is composed of twenty-one chapters: 1. King of Shadows, 2. Funerals in Tehran, 3. A Hanging in Baghdad, 4. A Soviet Mole and a Body at Sea, 5. "Oh, That? It's Khrushchev's Speech...", 6. "Bring Eichmann Dead or Alive!", 7. Where is Yossele?, 8. A Nazi Hero at the Service of the Mossad, 9. Our Main in Damascus, 10. "I Want a MIG-21!", 11. Those Who'll Never Forget, 12. The Quest for the Red Prince, 13. The Syrian Virgins, 14. "Today We'll Be at War!", 15. A Honey Trap for the Atom Spy, 16. Saddam's Supergun, 17. Fiasco in Amman, 18. From North Korea with Love, 19. Love and Death in the Afternoon, 20. The Cameras Were Rolling, and 21. From the Land of Queen of Sheba.

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1. A well-researched and well-written book that is accessible for the masses. It's based on a large variety of sources, books, articles, and interviews.
2. Fascinating topic. It doesn't get much more interesting than espionage at the highest level.
3. Excellent format, each chapter is about a particular operation.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Ford on November 23, 2012
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What a great book and very well written. Discusses the Mossads many accomplishments and successes as well as their failures. Would highly recommend.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Man of La Book on November 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mossad: The Great­est Mis­sions of the Israeli Secret Ser­vice by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nis­sim Mishal is a non-fictionbook by Israeli jour­nal­ists Michael Bar-Zohar and Nis­sim Mishal. The book recounts some of the great suc­cesses and fail­ures of the secret Israeli agency.

The book is divided into twenty two dis­tinct chap­ters, each one a story of its own. The oper­a­tions range from the com­plex assas­si­na­tions of Syr­ian gen­eral Muham­mad Suleiman, find­ing and assas­si­nat­ing rogue sci­en­tist Ger­ald Bull(he was devel­op­ing a super­gun for Sad­dam Hus­sein), the kid­nap­ping Nazi Adolf Eich­mann in Argentina and lur­ing Mordechai Vanunu out of Eng­land into Rome as to not suf­fer the wrath of Thatcher.

Even oper­a­tions which seem mun­dane, such as smug­gling out of the Soviet Union of Nikita Khrushchev's secret speech, or sneak­ing across the bor­der Jew­ish Syr­ian women (the Syr­ian brides) gets an air of rev­er­ence and com­plex­ity. Other chap­ters include a run down of the years Israel's great­est spy, Eli Cohen, spent in Syria as well as bring­ing the Jews of Ethiopia to Israel.

The chap­ter about the elim­i­na­tion of Black September's lead­er­ship does not fail to men­tion the inno­cent Moroc­can waiter, whose only crime was resem­bling Ali Has­san Salameh, one of the Mossad's tar­get. One of the biggest fail­ures of the Mossad that we know of.

I am famil­iar with Pro­fes­sor Bar-Zohar's writ­ings, he is a lead­ing Israeli writer on espi­onage. As most of his books, Mossad is also a fast paced, fas­ci­nat­ing look behind thick cur­tains which have been pre­vi­ously closed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gordon B. Stanley on January 22, 2013
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Great read, it will hold your interest. It is like reading a good spy novel, but then you realize that this is true to life ! My oly fault is that it ended when it did. I wanted to read more !
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Karten on December 11, 2012
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This is the first time I've ever read anything about Israel's heralded Espionage Organization, the Mossad, that sounds factual and genuine. Although it's a catalogue of intelligence events for the last 50 or so years, it reads like a novel. It's the type of book that I didn't want to put down. Though in some cases, I found it a bit too detailed to follow exactly. Not that it's a short book, but If anything, I'd have liked it to be about twice as long. Perhaps then, with still more detail and explanation it would have been easier to follow in some spots. But please don't get the wrong impression. It's quite clear and readable for the most part. Just some of the plots are very intense and intricate. And, as is often said, truth can be stranger than fiction. I found the book to be extremely enjoyable and looked forward to it each time I picked it up to read. In fact, If I could give it another half of a star in the Amazon rating, I would. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this venue and in the Mossad, which is rated by many as the finest Intelligence service in the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By glenn on January 28, 2013
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I finished book, Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service, and found it an excellent read, riveting. I read through it quickly as I found it difficult to it down. The book is one of the best non fiction historical books that I have read. I would recommend it for anyone who would like to know more about the state of Israel and middle eastern politics from an honest perspective.
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