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Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

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    Mossad: The Great­est Mis­sions of the Israeli Secret Ser­vice b

    Mossad: The Great­est Mis­sions of the Israeli Secret Ser­vice by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nis­sim Mishal is a non-fictionbook by Israeli jour­nal­ists Michael Bar-Zohar and Nis­sim Mishal. The book recounts some of the great suc­cesses and fail­ures of the secret Israeli agency.

    The book is divided into twenty two dis­tinct chap­ters, each one a story of its own. The oper­a­tions range from the com­plex assas­si­na­tions of Syr­ian gen­eral Muham­mad Suleiman, find­ing and assas­si­nat­ing rogue sci­en­tist Ger­ald Bull(he was devel­op­ing a super­gun for Sad­dam Hus­sein), the kid­nap­ping Nazi Adolf Eich­mann in Argentina and lur­ing Mordechai Vanunu out of Eng­land into Rome as to not suf­fer the wrath of Thatcher.

    Even oper­a­tions which seem mun­dane, such as smug­gling out of the Soviet Union of Nikita Khrushchev’s secret speech, or sneak­ing across the bor­der Jew­ish Syr­ian women (the Syr­ian brides) gets an air of rev­er­ence and com­plex­ity. Other chap­ters include a run down of the years Israel’s great­est spy, Eli Cohen, spent in Syria as well as bring­ing the Jews of Ethiopia to Israel.

    The chap­ter about the elim­i­na­tion of Black September’s lead­er­ship does not fail to men­tion the inno­cent Moroc­can waiter, whose only crime was resem­bling Ali Has­san Salameh, one of the Mossad’s tar­get. One of the biggest fail­ures of the Mossad that we know of.

    I am famil­iar with Pro­fes­sor Bar-Zohar’s writ­ings, he is a lead­ing Israeli writer on espi­onage. As most of his books, Mossad is also a fast paced, fas­ci­nat­ing look behind thick cur­tains which have been pre­vi­ously closed. The authors’ analy­sis and insight are mes­mer­iz­ing and usu­ally spot on, while the new infor­ma­tion they present, infor­ma­tion that just recently has been uncen­sored, is sim­ply amazing.

    One of the most intrigu­ing aspects of the book is not the spec­tac­u­lar suc­cesses, but the equally spec­tac­u­lar fail­ures. Some of these fail­ures are so aston­ish­ing one has to look at the cover to make sure the book is about the Mossad and not the key­stone cops. After­wards pound­ing ones head – “what were they think­ing”.

    Author Michael Bar-Zohar said that this is due to "The feel­ing is that we are the best in the world, and there­fore a sense of Israeli ama­teur­ish­ness some­times creeps into the sys­tem. This means they send peo­ple who are not as sea­soned as they should be and they trust that they will not be caught and iden­ti­fied.”

    That being said, the Mossad cer­tainly has an extra­or­di­nary achieve­ment record. That record though, cou­pled with clas­sic Israeli self-assurance and over­con­fi­dence, can eas­ily get smirched.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    A must read. It's like 21 awesome Daniel Silva books rolled into

    A must read. It's like 21 awesome Daniel Silva books rolled into 1! But even better, they are all TRUE!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    This is the best book I have read in years!  I have never posted

    This is the best book I have read in years!  I have never posted a book review but felt this was so extraordinary that I wanted to share the experience.  And yes, it was an amazing experience, an adventure, keeping me totally immersed in the missions to the point of feeling like I was a part of them.  Exciting, intriguing, suspenseful and full of surprises.  The writing is beautifully crafted with colorful descriptions and reads like a spy novel instead of a work of non-fiction.  I could not put it down and did not want it to end! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    The good, the bad and the ugly.

    Having met some members of Mossad many years ago I couldn't wait to read this book authored by two outstanding people. You always think that Mossad did everything perfectly and then you learn that as an organization they had their flaws. It was easy reading and truly enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Awesome

    What a chronicle! The people featured in this book are bold, brave, and nuts! A really good read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Brilliant descriptions and well presented exploits of a largely

    Brilliant descriptions and well presented exploits of a largely successful intelligence. The book gripped my attention from the opening chapter and retained it all the way to the end. It basically wrapped up a relaxing weekend, which started with Triple Agent Double Cross, another interesting book of exploits. I like stories of gusto.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    OutCast

    Smiled. "Give chase?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Moon

    She growled and ran after.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Silvefang

    I have nothing to lose by killing him
    All bloodclan cats follow him and attack

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Panther

    Pads back to camp

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    Posted January 2, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Mossshadow

    I am not blaming you. I am trying to figure something out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    MOSSAD IS GREAT

    MOSSAD IS GREAT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Absolutely an amazing book. A must read!

    Absolutely an amazing book. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    I could'nt get through the whole book. Was absolutely a horrible

    I could'nt get through the whole book. Was absolutely a horrible lopsided read,ugh!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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