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The Other Side of Deception: A Rogue Agent Exposes the Mossad's Secret Agenda Hardcover – November, 1994

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Victor Ostrovsky was raised in Israel, but was born in Canada. At eighteen he became the youngest officer in the Israeli military, eventually rising to the rank of lieutenant commander in charge of naval weapons testing. He was a Mossad case officer from 1984-1986. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (November 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060176350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060176358
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Without becoming one, that is.
Alongside the author's previous "By Way of Deception." This book, also a best seller, contains a depressing and chilling expose of The Mossad, Israel's intelligence service.
Unlike any other 'true espionage account' you might have hitherto read it is, as the saying goes, impossible to put down. Absolutely riveting. Though by the end the question is not 'Who are the good guys?' It's more like ' Who in The Middle East is NOT completely insane ? '
Ostrovsky was a former colonel in the Israeli armed forces before he joined Mossad. No one contends that he was a field officer, well connected and in the know. He was fired after a fracas in Cyprus, in which he contends he was forced to take the fall for his incompetent superiors. This would never have happenned in the Israeli Defense Forces, not without a proper hearing. However The Mossad, as he never tires of telling us, is a law unto itself.
According to the author it has become a 'rival state' comprised of good ole boys answerable only to the Prime Minister--at least in theory. In fact, it answers to no one.
Dissatisfied intelligence officers who have been, rightly or wrongly, given the boot writing scathing memoirs is not news.
However if, say, a CIA operative turned 'liberal' upon termination of employment alleged ONE TENTH of what Ostrovsky alleges, the scandal that would follow dwarf Watergate and Iran/Contra combined.
Among a few:
* The Mossad regards anyone in Israel who believes in peace with the Palestinians, or withdrawal from the occupied territories as little better than a traitor.
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Ostrovsky is not just another short term intel employee who was bounced, bitter, and then became a book author. For anybody who has served in intelligence, it rings true. It's a dirty business, whether HQ is in Virginia or Tel Aviv. It has to be. The few detractors in the amazon reviews of Ostrovsky's book just plain don't know. Having written an espionage expose myself, and having been eviscerated by some readers who barely can read, I'm not surprised by the negative reviews, but by how few there are. Read The Other Side of Deception, not just for an inside view of the Mossad, but for a parallel to what's going on now in America and it's intelligence services.
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If what the author writes is true, then I grieve for the State of Israel. Mr. Ostrovsky's writings gives a chilling insight into an agency that is acting more like Hitler's Gestapo and Honacher's Stasi than what it is supposed to be: a protector of all of the people of Israel.
The fact that the book is rather convoluted reading actually give me a better feeling for Mr. Ostrovski and why he felt it important to blow the whistle. Calling this man a traitor would be wrong; he plainly loves Israel and is willing to do the right thing by it.
I strongly recommend this book to those who belive that no secret agency should be given absolute power. It's plain to see that it has corrupted the Mossad absolutely.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book, probably one of the best ones I have ever read. In my opinion it says the real story about israeli intelligence, how they think, how they act, and how dirty they play with everybody, even with people who have helped them. You MUST read this book.
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This book is an excellent read. This book is a must-have for everyone who is interested in secret operations, israel, political intrigues, etc. Exactly like Victor Ostrovsky's first book The Way of Deception (banned in US, Canada, Israel and several other countries), he target at the same topics, but this time from a personal point-of-view. His first book was a harder read, because of the lack of personal insight, feelings and lack of atmosphere. This book not only reveals the darkest secrets of the top-secret Mossad, it also reveals Victor Ostrowskys (Ex-Mossad agent) true self as he was an active agent and how he thought about the Mossad and their operations after he was 'de-activated'. Sometimes shocking, sometimes funny and the most important: evidence is given for the facts he reveals in his book. My resume: A must-have. Good read. Entertaining. Shocking. True. After you have read this book, you will see the world with different eyes. Either you want to join the Mossad or you will be shocked. If you order this book, you have to buy his first book also (The Way of Deception). Very good read also.
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By A Customer on January 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The opinions of the detractors of Ostrovsky's books are less than surprising. They are counting on the general naivete of the public at large. I have been a dirty tricks specialist for many years in the U.S. Armed Forces. Every scenario put forth by Ostrovsky, some admittedly outrageous, are at the same time completely plausible.
Clandestine operations are often founded upon the most bizarre set of circumstances and carried out by the unknowing dupes of seasoned field agents, otherwise known as assets. There is never a master plan, while there is always the goal of victory at any cost. The only thing that is definitely planned from the gitgo is deniability. The outcome of a given operation therefore ranges either from the consummately mundane to the totally absurd. The more ridiculous, the easier to deny.
Some succeed and some fail. Good funding and support for the long haul from the powers that be most often make the difference between a Bay of Pigs and the complete withdrawal the Soviet Armed Forces from Afghanistan, Central America and the collapse their system.
I submit that the detractors of Mr. Ostrovsky's works may have an agenda not unlike the object of study found in Ostrovky's books.
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