Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars (Updated & Revised)by Dan Raviv, Yossi Melman
Buyer beware," #1 best selling thriller novelist Daniel Silva warns: "Once you crack the cover of SPIES AGAINST ARMAGEDDON, you won't be able to put it down. It is much more than simply the most authoritative book ever written about Israeli intelligence. It is storytelling and drama of the highest order." In a new edition fully updated for 2014, after tumultuous events in the Middle East, this is a history of Israel's espionage and security network from 1948 until the present day. Chock full of colorful characters and written by the best selling authors of EVERY SPY A PRINCE, this book will take you inside the Middle East crises of today, analyzing Iran's nuclear program and challenges for the United States. A former Director of the CIA, R. James Woolsey, writes: "Raviv and Melman have redefined the gold standard for nonfiction about intelligence. This remarkable history of Israeli intelligence from the War of Independence to Stuxnet calls it straight. By describing the roots of both the triumphs and the screw-ups thoroughly and fairly, the authors help us see not only how Israel's survival has been effectively protected but the huge debt the rest of us owe." The best selling historian Douglas Brinkley writes: "The revelatory research amassed in SPIES AGAINST ARMAGEDDON is nothing short of stunning. Raviv and Melman understand the inner workings of Israel's Mossad better than most Mossad agents. Highly recommended!" Bob Schieffer of CBS News says this book is "wonderful, with great sourcing -- reads like a thriller." Wolf Blitzer, the CNN anchor with vast Middle East experience, writes: "Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman have written a powerful book about Israeli espionage. SPIES AGAINST ARMAGEDDON often reads like a thriller but it's non-fiction. These two world-class journalists take us to places we've never been before. They back up their points with tons of excellent research and reporting. They clearly know their stuff. I learned so much reading this book. I know you will, as well." Chapter 1 is titled "Stopping Iran," then come chapters with exclusive and carefully considered history -- showing how the behavior and lessons learned in wars and adventures in the past affect the decisions Israel must make today. Later chapters focus on the secret bombing of a nuclear reactor in Syria, the murder by a Mossad team in a Dubai hotel (Was it a mistake?), and blasting the Steven Spielberg movie "Munich" for making it look like Mossad hit men suffered frustration and regrets. SPIES AGAINST ARMAGEDDON is well researched, balanced, and a remarkably enjoyable read.
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SPIES AGAINST ARMAGEDDON, by Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman If a hero is the culmination of a man and a moment, this comprehensive, brutally honest chronicle of the fearless men and women whose up-to-now super-secret missions created, defended and inspired the state of Israel, and the world at large, is the most telling depiction of modern human heroism you may ever read. The exploits depicted in this beautifully researched and readable account provide the gritty human details—the successes, failures, relationships, distrusts, and even the catastrophes—behind decades of headlines that never, ever told the whole story. If you knew then, deep down, that you were only getting the cleaned up, approved, “official” version of those events—yet mostly likely didn’t quibble at the time with the justification for such censorship—you will be stunned and delighted with the depth of reporting, and the access to the essential personalities that Raviv and Melman have achieved. Moreover, they’ve managed the difficult and rarely successful literary feat of celebrating their admiration for their subjects even as they peel away the stubborn layers of their decisions and actions, their personalities and rivalries, to show for the first time publicly what went right, and far more surprisingly and interestingly, what went wrong, and why. This is the history of secret diplomacy and the ultra-secret, often lethal missions behind it, told the way it’s supposed to be told, not just long after the game is over, but while it still rages on. Remarkably, some of the names of the principal players—the leaders, thinkers, secret agents and double agents who, more than anyone, have been responsible for Israel’s ongoing existence—continue to turn up in today’s headlines, providing a consistent and memorable sense of the personality-based human history that continues to shape that nation’s future. If you like to delve behind the headlines and the history books into the actual, too-often hidden stories of human courage, dedication and selflessness that shape, and inspire the world, this remarkable book is a must read.
By far the best book covering the early days of Israeli Intelligence up to the present.