Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service

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The Mossad is widely recognized today as the best intelligence service in the world. It is also the most enigmatic, shrouded in secrecy. Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service unveils the defi ning and most dangerous operations that have shaped Israel and the world at large from the agency's more than sixty-year history, among them: the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the eradication of Black September, the destruction of the Syrian nuclear facility, and the ...

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The Mossad is widely recognized today as the best intelligence service in the world. It is also the most enigmatic, shrouded in secrecy. Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service unveils the defi ning and most dangerous operations that have shaped Israel and the world at large from the agency's more than sixty-year history, among them: the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the eradication of Black September, the destruction of the Syrian nuclear facility, and the elimination of key Iranian nuclear scientists.

Through intensive research and exclusive interviews with Israeli leaders and Mossad agents, authors Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal re-create these missions in riveting detail, vividly bringing to life the heroic operatives who risked everything in the face of unimaginable danger. In the words of Shimon Peres, president of Israel, this gripping, white-knuckle read "tells what should have been known and isn't—that Israel's hidden force is as formidable as its recognized physical strength."

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Editorial Reviews

Chuck Hagel
“Mossad reads like a spectacular spy novel, and contains the real stories from one of the world’s premiere intelligence agencies. It’s worth reading.”
Shimon Peres
“This book tells what should have been known and isn’t—that Israel’s hidden force is as formidable as its recognized physical strength.”
Shimon Peres
“This book tells what should have been known and isn’t—that Israel’s hidden force is as formidable as its recognized physical strength.”
Chuck Hagel
“Mossad reads like a spectacular spy novel, and contains the real stories from one of the world’s premiere intelligence agencies. It’s worth reading.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062123411
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/23/2014
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 271,362
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL BAR-ZOHAR is a writer, public speaker, and former lawmaker. Author of many novels and nonfiction books, he was a member of the Knesset and envoy to the Council of Europe. A former advisor to General Moshe Dayan, Dr. Bar-Zohar also has served as a professor at Haifa University in Israel and at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is one of Israel's foremost experts on espionage and the official biographer of David Ben-Gurion and Shimon Peres. He also wrote the biography of Isser Harel, the legendary director of the Mossad, and coauthored The Quest for the Red Prince, which dealt with the bloody war between the Mossad and Black September. Bar-Zohar's books have been translated into eighteen languages.

NISSIM MISHAL is one of the foremost TV personalities in Israel. After graduating with a master's degree in political science, he joined the staff of the Israeli state television and worked as a political reporter, Washington correspondent, and, finally, its director-general. At the fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries of Israel, Mishal published two record-selling books about the great events in Israel's history. They were translated into English, French, Russian, and Spanish. He has also coauthored a book on two thousand years of Judaism with Professor Shlomo Ben-Ami, a former Israeli minister of foreign affairs.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Alone, in the Lion's Den ix

1 King of Shadows 1

2 Funerals in Tehran 8

3 A Hanging in Baghdad 26

4 A Soviet Mole and a Body at Sea 38

5 "Oh, That? It's Khrushchev's Speech…" 50

6 "Bring Eichmann Dead or Alive!" 59

7 Where Is Yossele? 88

8 A Nazi Hero at the Service of the Mossad 112

9 Our Man in Damascus 131

10 "I Want a MiG-21!" 157

11 Those Who'll Never Forget 171

12 The Quest for the Red Prince 186

13 The Syrian Virgins 214

14 "Today We'll Be at War!" 222

15 A Honey Trap for the Atom Spy 239

16 Saddam's Supergun 254

17 Fiasco in Amman 266

18 From North Korea with Love 279

19 Love and Death in the Afternoon 291

20 The Cameras Were Rolling 304

21 From the Land of the Queen of Sheba 317

Epilogue: War with Iran? 333

Acknowledgments 339

Bibliography and Sources 341

Index 371

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