One Day in September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli Revenge Operation

One Day in September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli Revenge Operation "Wrath of God"

by Simon Reeve
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One Day in September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli Revenge Operation "Wrath of God"

At 4:30 A.M. on the morning of September 5, 1972, a band of Palestinian terrorists took eleven Israeli athletes and coaches hostage at the Summer Olympics in Munich. More than 900 million viewers followed the chilling, twenty-hour event on television, as German authorities desperately negotiated with the terrorists. Finally, late in the evening, two helicopters bore the terrorists and their surviving hostages to Munich's little-used Furstenfeldbruck airfield, where events went tragically awry. Within minutes all the Israeli athletes, five of the terrorists, and one German policeman were dead. Why did the rescue mission fail so miserably? And why were the reports compiled by the German authorities concealed from the public for more than two decades? Based on years of exhaustive research and the Academy Award -- winning documentary of the same name, One Day in September is the definitive account of one of the most devastating and politically explosive tragedies of the late twentieth century, one that set the tone for nearly thirty years of renewed conflict in the Middle East.

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ISBN-13: 9781559708135
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 01/04/2006
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Introduction xi

1 The Takeover 1

2 Black September 20

3 Negotiations 48

4 Operation Sunshine 70

5 The Deception 93

6 Fürstenfeldbruck 105

7 Champagne Celebrations 125

8 The Mourning Begins 142

9 Operation Wrath of God 160

10 Operation Spring of Youth 175

11 The Red Prince 196

12 The Cover-up 218

13 The Survivors 239

Epilogue 255

Notes 273

Acknowledgments 315

Bibliography 317

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One Day in September 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Overall the account of the Munich hostage taking, botched rescue attempt and resultant massacre of eleven Israeli civilian athletes in 1972 is a detailed and fairly well-written story, specifically in regard to the hostage crisis and the subsequent 'Wrath Of God' operation. The author tends to get a bit bogged-down in describing the aftermath with a rather tedious account of the campaign mounted by the victims' relatives to acquire the German government's information regarding the events (an aspect of the story that certainly needed to be told but came-off as 'long-winded' and repetitive). What became annoying to me as a reader was the author's 'preachyness' in the final pages, recounting the seemingly age-old 'blue sky' rhetoric about finding better and more long-term ways to combat international terrorism besides targeted assassinations and precision-strikes, of course without providing any details on such solutions. There are several references to the Israeli assassinations of known Black September terrorists and terrorist supporters as 'murder', which I found offensive and biased. The author takes ham-handed and thinly-veiled swipes at the American strike on a car carrying a known Al Qaeda terrorist leader in Yemen by means of a remote-controlled drone, claiming all of the occupants of the car may not have been criminals and one may have been an American (a pacifist argument which triggers no feelings of remorse on this reader's part). This sort of politically-driven commentary detracts from the overall quality of the work in my opinion and left me with a bad impression of the author's motives.