The story does not provide a cohesive portrait of the agency and its evolution.
Thomas could have selected one of its many stories and developed it completely or written a much larger and more comprehensive book. It reads like a series of tabloid stories.
It was a rather poor performance. Words were rushed, swallowed and mumbled. You had to strain inorder to understand each sentence. Bikel is an interesting character and a great singer, but this performance only made a poor book worse.
Considering the incredible subject matter, there were no evident redeeming qualities. It would have been much better if Thomas would have spent the time to delve into some of the characters.
This is an excellent book, well researched by an investigative/political reporter who has written 53 books. The great Theodore Bikel was a terrific narrator.
The best thing about it is it takes a neutral stance to Mossad's actions. At times you find yourself cheering them on, then you are horrified by what they're up to. That's just what we already know about the Mossad, that they are tough as they come, so that contradiction is to be expected. It all seems plausible and there is no claim to be involved with any plot to kill Princess Diana, only a coincidental connection with someone in the crash.
Apparently a new edition of the book is coming out in 2012 bringing it up to date. If we're lucky, a new audiobook will follow.
Only complaint: it was abridged! I had the actual book out of the library and read some sections again to get more detail.
I liked the stories that shaped Israel and the Mossad, and how it changed the playing field in the counter intelligence/spy field.
How they had some insight on the bombing of the Beirut barracks and held off on the information hoping to get the U.S. out of the Israeli's playing field.
We need more books on the Mossad!!
considering the lack of material on the Mossad, this is a good book. I would have liked more operational history as opposed to the personal stories of Mier Dagan and the likes.
Still worth a read.