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Interesting and factual
on August 30, 2013
This book hit the spot. I was looking to find out more about the history of Israeli intelligence, without any glorification or "cheer leading". The book is a straightforward account without enhancements or drama, but it is still interesting. The reason why I deducted one star is that some of the missions did justify more excitement in the prose than they were given in the book. I appreciated that the authors also wrote about missions that had failed or gone awry, some with tragic consequences, and actions that the Israelis later regretted. These are sobering "reality checks" that serve as reminders of how serious, difficult and dangerous the intelligence business is. It was also disheartening to read of how shabbily the Israeli intelligence establish had treated some of its agents and other contacts.
I feel that this book is fairly objective and credible. Having followed events in the Middle East for several decades, I was delighted to find information that was new to me, or which expounded on topics that I already had basic knowledge about. The book also helped to answer some questions that I had about certain past events. The time line that is covered is expansive, from before the founding of the State of Israel to the present day.
If you are looking for an action spy novel, this is not it. If you are looking for a serious book about the Israeli intelligence community, you should enjoy this book. I was able to read it fairly quickly, and it kept my attention from the first page to the last.