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Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service Paperback – September 23, 2014
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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged.\n\n"This book tells what should have been known and isn't-that Israel's hidden force is as formidable as its recognized physical strength."\n- Israeli President Shimon Peres \n\nFor decades, Israel's renowned security arm, the Mossad, has been widely recognized as the best intelligence service in the world. In Mossad, authors Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal take us behind the closed curtain with riveting, eye-opening, boots-on-the-ground accounts of the most dangerous, most crucial missions in the agency's 60-year history. These are real Mission: Impossible true stories brimming with high-octane action-from the breathtaking capture of Nazi executioner Adolph Eichmann to the recent elimination of key Iranian nuclear scientists. Anyone who is fascinated by the world of international espionage, intelligence, and covert "Black-Ops" warfare will find Mossad electrifying reading.
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I wish the book had more "spy craft", which I've learned in other spy books, such as ones by John Le Carre.
Nevertheless, no one can argue that, for given Israel's small size and constant danger it faces, the Mossad is probably the best, most effective secret security organization in the world.
It was fun to learn how the Mossad tracked down infamous Nazis. Those are satisfying stories.
The time range the book covers is impressive, from before Israel formed almost to the present day.
I was surprised the book reveal so much about Israel's nuclear program. I thought that was still an unconfirmed program. I credit the author for demystifying that.
If you're really into spy books, the gold standard is still Peter Wright's "Spy Catcher". I hope a book of similar technical detail is written about the Mossad someday.SPY CATCHER - The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer
I was impressed that while their enemies struck at them often without constraint, Mossad was targeted and precise in their response, and careful to avoid harm to civilians.
The author does critique certain aspects of missions of Mossad that went bad. Surprisingly the book doesn't cover the Johnathan Pollard affair. I assume he had a lot of interaction with Mossad as he was spying for Israel, but the book does not cover his case.
From the birth of the state of Israel, through the six-day war, the Yom Kippur war, the raid on entebbe, the Palestinian Intefads, and the current events unfolding with Syria, North Korea and Iran, this exposes the way the Mossad undertook its missions - from identifying a mission, to selecting agents, to planning and rehearsing the actual undertakings, to their execution. Even though the government of Israel still sensors much of the media and information about their military and intelligence services, stories that have not been told were explained in detail. Names of agents who are still alive and in action were changed to keep them safe.
But, the book does not read like a non-fiction text. It reads like a novel. The book is well written, well researched. The stories are told in easy to understand and captivating ways. I strongly recommend this book - whether you are Zionist or Anti-Zionist; if you are passionate about the course of events in the middle east or not, it is very intriguing to understand how intelligence services operate within their country, in tandem with other countries and covertly.