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The Attack on the Liberty: The Untold Story of Israel's Deadly 1967 Assault on a U.S. Spy Ship Paperback
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"Now, 42 years after the event, and with the benefit of stacks of newly declassified documents, author James Scott is able to reveal the shocking truth. While the most senior U.S. intelligence officials were convinced that the attack was deliberate, they agreed to keep quiet as part of a massive White House cover-up to protect U.S.-Israeli relations...The country should be grateful to James Scott for this very courageous book." -- James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA, From 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America and two other books on the NSA
"My book on this subject is often considered the definitive work. Yet I must now proudly yield that spot to author James Scott's meticulously documented and persuasive study. Anyone who can read The Attack on the Liberty and not agree that this was a deliberate attack on a ship known to be American, and that the facts were then criminally covered up by both countries, is willfully blind or hopelessly biased." -- James Ennes, Jr., author of Assault on the Liberty
"John Scott, the author's father, received the Silver Star for his valor during the assault and the critical role he played in the ship's survival. His son has now performed a great service to Liberty victims, students of history, and the nation as a whole in casting a new, penetrating light on one of the most disgraceful chapters in modern U.S. naval history. The Attack on the Liberty is a vivid account worthy of a careful reading by anyone interested in ensuring that painful past experience properly illuminates the U.S. government's current and future policy choices and standards of public candor." -- Proceedings
"Scott's book is a densely documented, suspenseful narrative that uses declassified U.S. and Israeli documents to give fresh insights into the attack and the aftermath." -- The Seattle Times
"This book is both a tribute and a belated memorial to the officers and men of that ill-fated spy ship...By raising carefully researched questions about the entire process, Scott's fine book has put the Liberty center stage and perhaps given the surviving crewmen an account that truly binds up their wounds." -- Naval History Magazine
"[Scott] didn't simply rely on tales told around the family dining table. He conducted prodigious research to document every aspect of the story...As a former newspaper reporter, Scott knew how to dig for facts, and his book resonates with the results of his relentless search for the truth...It is high time someone drew our attention to this tragedy, and Scott has done it in magnificent fashion." -- The Tampa Tribune
"Carefully researched, extensively annotated and refreshingly non-polemical... It fully merits a careful reading." -- Foreign Service Journal
"Engrossing....Scott's book will be the definitive account of the attack." -- The Virginian-Pilot --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
James Scott is an award-winning reporter. He was named Journalist of the Year by the South Carolina Press Association in 2003 and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2006-2007. He lives with his wife and daughter in Charleston, South Carolina. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I finished "The Attack on the Liberty" with a lump in my throat and a brick in my stomach. In the back of my mind, I was hoping for a better settlement for the Liberty crew and their families, and/or a clear admission of guilt and criminal wrongdoing from Israel, and/or a reasonably complete fessing up by our government. The vignette of the author, his father (who was aboard the ship) and one of the Israeli pilots getting together for coffee decades later in the pilot's home was a salve but overall this ship sailed into the perfect geopolitical storm and suffered miserably and needlessly. Israel's denials and obfuscation were unforgivable. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's office combined with DC politicians and bureaucrats conspired to minimize if not bury the tragedy, though Secretary of State Dean Rusk and to a degree Truman's reliable old hand Clark Clifford come through as two of the better actors (along with a pitifully small handful of U.S. senators, house members and reporters). We can all be very grateful that Mr. Scott had the wherewithal to chase down all the details and compile such a compelling and beautifully written account.
Former PH2, USN
USS John F Kennedy CV-67
WAS PREMEDITATED. The stupidity of the attack was only exceeded by the incompetence in Washington, which, sadly persists to today.
The story was well written and entertaining.
The late 60s were a very turbulent time and it seems that the attack on the Liberty got crowded out of the headlines by the Vietnam War and the Six Day War itself. Just imagine if any country, friend or foe, was responsible for the deaths of 34 U.S. servicemen in the current media environment.
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