In Hostile Territory

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You've heard it said before: Business is war. Nowhere will you find a better teacher and guide to surviving and thriving in this no-holds-barred world than Gerald Westerby, a former secret agent in the Mossad, Israel's famed elite special-operations organization. As a deep-cover Combatant, Westerby's assignments took him into hostile territory throughout the Middle East and Europe, where he ran businesses as fronts for intelligence gathering and covert operations. In Hostile Territory reveals for the first time ...
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Overview

You've heard it said before: Business is war. Nowhere will you find a better teacher and guide to surviving and thriving in this no-holds-barred world than Gerald Westerby, a former secret agent in the Mossad, Israel's famed elite special-operations organization. As a deep-cover Combatant, Westerby's assignments took him into hostile territory throughout the Middle East and Europe, where he ran businesses as fronts for intelligence gathering and covert operations. In Hostile Territory reveals for the first time the secrets that make Mossad Combatants the world's best businessmen and most feared secret agents.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To the business-as-war canon you can add this take by a purported member of Israel's clandestine special operations organization, the Mossad. Westerby, a pseudonym for a man described as a "millionaire" entrepreneur, tells war storiesboth real and apocryphalby beginning his chapters with reference to a biblical tale from which he then draws inferences. Westerby's stories become business case studies, whether he's rescuing Jews in Yemen, destroying an Iraqi nuclear reactor or even retelling Old Testament stories about the likes of King Solomon and Jacob. He uses the biblical stories to introduce business concepts such as the need for planning, patience and staying focused on what you're trying to accomplish. The stories sometimes go on for too long, and the points will seem obvious to many. Yet in the tradition of military leaders, Westerby is inspirational. He can make starting a business sound as if it truly is equal to starting a war, and if nothing else, a businessperson can always crib a couple of his tales to tell at the next board meeting. (May)
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The memoir of an Israeli operative who has now retired to become a successful international businessman. Writing under a pseudonym to protect his identity, the author shares the wisdom that he gained while simultaneously running international business enterprises and carrying out military assignments for the Massad. The author uses these experiences to teach lessons such as when to exercise power, the elements of a winning team, why simplicity is the best strategy, how to make the best of bad situations, and how to succeed against the odds. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887309014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Rescue in Yemen: How to Set a Goal and Accomplish it 3
A Box for Baghdad: How to Choose Your Timing 23
Strategic Surrender: When to Exercise Power 33
Cool Under Cover: How to Make Silence your Ally 41
Fanning the Flames: The Hidden Cost of Assumptions 61
SEALs, Spies, and Surf: Out-of-the-Box Thinking 74
To Kill or Not to Kill: The Elements of a Winning Team 83
Iraq-Iran War: Choosing a Team for a High-Stakes Mission 96
Iraq-Iran War: Why Simplicity is the Best Strategy 106
Lying in Libya: How to Make Pretense Reality 115
Fighting Terror with Terror: How to Prepare the Groundwork for Success 137
Money and Politics: Why Blend in With Your Business Colleagues 150
Money and Politics: How and When to Play a Role 169
Fighting for Air: How to Use a Negative Response to Advantage 183
Bad in Brussels: How and When to Act Boldly 193
Countdown in Beirut: How to Lead 216
Waterlogged in Beirut: How to Make the Best of Bad Situations 231
A Russian in Kurdistan: How and When to Cut your Losses 251
Making Beira: How to Succeed Against the Odds 259
Glossary 283
Index 285
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