Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service

Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service

by Michael Bar-Zohar, Nissim Mishal


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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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062123404
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About 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.

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

What People are Saying About This

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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Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read. It's like 21 awesome Daniel Silva books rolled into 1! But even better, they are all TRUE!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! 
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
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.
BobbyboyNJ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a chronicle! The people featured in this book are bold, brave, and nuts! A really good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely an amazing book. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading a variety of books and found this to be an exceptional read. Full of suspense and not the kind one finds in fiction. Just knowing it is about real people and the way they were/are willing to sacrifice all for the benefit of others was truly inspiring. In today's world one wonders if such people still exist and it is refreshing to learn that they do. I would recommend the book to anyone who is tired of hearing of the terrible things that some respected organizations have recently become notorious for.
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Very interesting book that provides information regarding many of the situations where Mossad was involved to protect Israel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How resilent the lsraeli people are. Book is an outstanding and fascinating read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read.well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is how it's done. Thank you, Israel, for holding the line so that the rest of us can sleep and dream at night and so that our children won't have to live in what President Reagan called "a thousand years of darkness." Readers of this book may also like "Jenna's Flaw," a novel about the death of God, the crumbling of Western civilization, and how to save it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shows how the MosSad can take care of Jewish interests.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting!
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One has to have a strong stomach and sense of justice to read this! I admire the Mossad for their meticulous planning of their operations. They are good and need to be in their situation. I just wished they had put in a good story on Entebbe. It just hinted at that. I enjoyed reading it!
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