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Kill Khalid: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas Paperback – March 2, 2010

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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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[...] This is the definitive chronicle of the Middle East crisis during the Clinton years and in the post-9/11 era.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159558501X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595585011
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Absolutely fantastic book. Very well-researched. You will learn not only about the failed assassination attempt of Khalid but also a lot of details of the history of Hamas. The book has been very well-written and was hard to put down.
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Good history of Hamas and Fatah, and a very interesting perspective on Mishal. Author did a good job of studying Mishal over several decades. The assassination attempt was only a small part of the overall story.
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