Though it's often used as an excuse, it is true that real-time decisions are much tougher than they seem in retrospect. There was no real incompetence on the part of the Mossad, but hard decisions had to be made, and though they made mistakes, considering the depth and scope of the operations, it is amazing what all they accomplished.
The author manages to be very even in his treatment of the subject; not cheerleading, and not condemning. All in all it is a very important read for anyone genuinely interested in Middle Eastern history of the 20th century.
This book was well researched. If you want to know what to expect when you cross the Jewish Nation this book will let you know. There is a reason why you don't mess with Israel. In the end you will not get a warm fuzzy feeling for having listened, but you will gain perspective.
I picked up this audiobook when I saw the previews for the movie "Munich". (I've not yet seen the movie)
It's packed with details and really does grab your interest. On the basis of entertainment value I give this book five stars. I'd definitely recommend it.
I took off a star because it is somewhat biased. While it is written in the tone and manner of a journalistic research book (lots of facts, dates, times, references and quotes to specific interviews) it is written from an Israeli perspective. While it does relate many details that negatively reflect on some of the actions taken by the Mossad, it is easy to see the writer has a bias. When the Mossad ordered a killing it is a "counter-terrorism mission, when it is a Palestinian killing it is called terrorism.
Again, I do not say that the author condones/condemns the Mossad, it's just that the book was not researched from a balanced Israeli/Palestinian perspective.
I'd really be interested in reading (listening) to a book detailing the same subject but from the Palestinian perspective. I think they balance would be great and that would help me make my mind up for myself.
All in all great book if you're interested in the subject.
This book was certainly one of the most thrilling stories from start to finish, there was never a dull moment.
Steve Spielberg has already made the movie titled, "Munich" which is also a thriller.
I have come to admire the unbending resolve of the Israeli government to stand up to and try to defeat terrorism.
Well documented and doggedly researched by the author. Tells of the colossal missteps of the organizers of the Munich Olympics and the Israelis overconfidence. The author then goes on to describe the results of those missteps as the government and military of Israel seek revenge and retribution from those responsible. The work and research of the part of author is on full display to be appreciated for what it is. The performance of Mr. Rudniki is top notch. I learned a great deal from this book and would highly recommend it. I am neither Jew nor Arab and take no sides I simply appreciated the effort by Mr. Klein.
This books reads like a good LeCarre novel and had me driving the long way home to hear more of it on my car's iPod. Loved it.
If you see a BMW motorcycle cruising down the road, you can be assured I'm listening to a book from Audible!
Lots of detail about events leading up to the massacre, and Israel's response. Easy enough to listen to, even without a vast knowledge of Middle East history or politics.
Aaron J. Klein: Striking Back
This book purports to expose the Israeli response to the massacre of their Olympic athletes while at the games in Munich in 1972. It doesn’t do a good job of that.
The book DOES do an excellent job of explaining in detail what happened during the attack on the athletes and if that’s what you’re after this book is for you. The author discusses in detail all the incompetence and cowardice shown by the Germans in handling the entire affair, from security for the athletes to failing to execute a good plan that probably would have ended the situation relatively safely. I found the section covering Munich itself to be fascinating. This part rates five stars, but, unfortunately, is only about a quarter of the book.
After covering the attack on the athletes the book deteriorates into a boring case-by-case accounting of assassinations carried out by Israel around the world. There is very little that explains any relationship between each target and the Munich massacre, and in fact most of the assassinations discussed were not directly related to Munich.
The book does expose a lot of information that has recently been declassified by Israel, in particular the killing of one terrorist that had been debated for years as to whether he died from natural causes (a disease) or was killed.
The problem I had with this book was the jumping from one target to another without any attempt to tie all of them together except for the fact that the Mossad thought that all of them were either terrorists or were aiding terrorists. There are so many unrelated assassinations covered in this book that it actually gets boring to hear how agents murdered yet another terrorist.
The narrator suited me. He read this book as one would read a news article, which is basically what these stories are. He has a deep, authoritative voice that reminds me of Edward R. Murrow.
I won’t be listening to this a second time, although I did finish it.
If you are looking for a suspense-filled story of Israeli intelligence and covert operations I suggest that you get “Hunting Eichman” instead. It’s great.
If you hate Israel, then dont bother commenting or reading this book or review. But if you love Israel, youll find this book another amazing account of how the hand of God is on the nation and its protectorate. Detailed and truthful; admitting lapses of intelligence when they happen.
a must read for anyone interested in the workings of israeli intelligence. you won't be dissapointed. get it!