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Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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.