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Israel's Secret Wars: A History of Israel's Intelligence Services Paperback – 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Cataloguing half a century of Israeli intelligence's triumphs, debacles and infighting, this dense work will be of most use to specialists.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This just may turn out to be the definitive work on the Jewish state's highly touted and often emulated intelligence operations. The authors have crafted a comprehensive and very readable guide to the labyrinthine history of Israel's efforts to spy on its Arab, Palestinian, European, American, and global neighbors from the 1930s to the present. Their ability to provide such encyclopedic coverage is bolstered by access to previously classified and unavailable diaries, reports, and documents. While Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman's Every Spy a Prince ( LJ 7/90) and Victor Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy's By Way of Deception ( LJ 11/15/90) cover this same topic and are worth reading, the first suffers from a tendency to preach about Israeli ethics and the latter is a very personal accounting of spycraft without much historical coverage. Secret Wars avoids these faults and is a "must buy" for any library with any size collection in the area.
- David P. Snider, Casa Grande P.L.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Other interests of D&D brought this book to my attention. Some of the operations were previously known as noted from other readings. I was surprised on some of the details within other events as the Mossad came into action, the reader is lead along a backdrop of intentions and motivations to conceal their true actions. Tradecraft was discussed and mentioned as improvements were made. This brought mix flag recruiting to the light. HUMINT operations and the ability of knowing cultures and languages to identify foes was outstanding.
I did not know exactly how the state came into being, and from the book it left mixed emotions. But the contents were great and the author did an excellent job of showing the issues that not only made the intelligence organization what it is presently. It also showed the progression of the people and nationality throughout the years that some paid the ultimate price for.
I am a retired police officer. I worked in the S.F. Bay Area in the 60's and 70's, when we had so many riots. I heard, back then, that the FBI had discovered that the Communist were behind, and supporting much of the unrest, and the riots of the 60's. That is when I really began to study and research these works. I actually lived in Europe for seven years and worked behind the Iron Curtain for three years.
Nothing much has changed since the 60's, THEY, the Communists and the Russians are still in the BUSINESS! And they are also behind much of the Terrorist movements around the world, and especially in the Middle East and against America. Any one who BELIEVES that Russia and Communism is dead, are ASLEEP. See the case of 'Robert Hanssen', that the movie 'Breach' was made about: an FBI agent turned traitor, one of the worst, who was caught spying for Russia in 2001. That's "2001", 12 years supposedly after the FALL of Communism in Russia! The Russians were STILL spying on the U.S. They NEVER went out of THE Business, and have only USED the idea that Communism is dead to go further UNDERGROUND.
My interest in this topic was restored a few years ago when Steven Spielberg came out with his movie 'Munich', which was based on the book "Vengeance" (also recommended reading).
I am currently reading 'Israel's Secret Wars', which is a HUGE book, over 600 pages. It can be a bit dry at times and there are so MANY different people and places it is hard to follow sometimes, BUT no matter I find it fascinating. I would give it FIVE STARS as a source book but only four stars for readability. But include a warning: BE PREPARED to spend TIME with the book. It is well documented and should be a book used as THE Reference book for Israel and all of her intelligence services, not just the Mossad.
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