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Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad | [Gordon Thomas]

Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad

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Publisher's Summary

In the secret world of spies and covert operations, no other intelligence service continues to be surrounded by myth and mystery as does the Mossad. Created in 1951 to ensure the future of an embattled Israel, Mossad is responsible for the most audacious and thrilling feats of espionage, counterterrorism, and assassination. To some, Mossad is the precise and at times lethal instrument of Israel's will, a fiercely dedicated group of men and women: an elite intelligence arm. To others, Mossad is a fearsome intelligence organization loyal only to those who can control it: a shadowy ruthless cabal of spies. But no one has ever gotten close enough to Mossad to know the truth. Until now.
Gideon's Spies documents the Mossad's deepest secrets from the end of the Cold War to the present day. You'll learn how the Mossad undercut the CIA's position as the Vatican's prime intelligence source, how TWA Flight 800 was ruthlessly exploited by the Mossad, and most explosive of all, Mossad's involvement in the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayad. Gideon's Spies reveals the Mossad as it truly is: brilliant, ruthless, flawed, but ultimately awesome.

Copyright ©1999 by Gordon Thomas, All Rights Reserved; Copyright (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.

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    despinne 07-02-03
    despinne 07-02-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Hatchet Job?"

    One of the first things on this tape is the suggestion that since Israel formed the Mossad after 1948, they have been involved deeply in every major event in world's history, including the Kennedy assassinations and the death of Princess Diana. Immediately, every piece of information divulged in the entire book becomes suspect. There is such a wealth of evildoings listed and discussed that one must believe it was written to bring down the Mossad, not elevate it. Every country is self-serving and must have its spies, and they all have their dirty tricks and unspeakable events, but I came away with the feeling that the Mossad is the worst of them all... which must mean the most successful? I simply do not feel any sense of balance in this book. Surely the Mossad is involved in patriotic activities as well as international snooping? I give it 3 stars for whatever may be true. I would not use this for a reference book.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Eduardo Santiago, Chile 03-25-11
    Eduardo Santiago, Chile 03-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Compelling"

    Inmensely compelling and authentic. This book leaves you thinking about the events for weeks after.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 03-21-11
    Mark 03-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "some great spy stories--worth the read."

    I found this really interesting and it kinda made me want to be a spy. Like any work of history/journalism, the author has some biases. But, as far as books about israel go, the biases are not overwhelming and the author is upfront enough about his motives for writing the book that a reasonably critical listening should not have much trouble putting these stories in the appropriately broader context. The author lingers on some small potatoes stuff that he seems to be the first to have uncovered, but the whole book isnt that long; so, it's forgivable. He is also obsessed with celebrities (the pope, Princess Diana...); so they get a lot more attention than they should in any book about Israeli national security, but...again...forgivable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James bronxville, NY, USA 05-06-03
    James bronxville, NY, USA 05-06-03
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    "Riveting"

    This was my 6th book from audible and the only one that is riveting - can't put down listening. The voice is the perfect tone and accent to reinforce the reading. The quality of journalism is superb, getting the right balance between factual information and a great compelling narrative. A must listen for anyone interested in current affairs and the dark underbelly of global intelligence. The relation between the CIA and Mossad is intriguing lsitening.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Port St Lucie, FL, United States 08-21-09
    Larry Port St Lucie, FL, United States 08-21-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyable Education"

    Great listening - combo detailed history intertwined with action fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Pasadena, CA, USA 08-09-04
    Jose Pasadena, CA, USA 08-09-04
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    "overblown and conspiratorial"

    -This is the book all amateur spies wish were true. Form the plot to murder Lady Di to the kidnapping of an old nazi in Argentina or the sale of missiles from Iran, this book documents the different activities the Mossad has undertaken and how it has acted sometimes in accordance to the israeli government and sometimes in disagreement. Smoky rooms, dingy pubs and backroom deals abound. The picture that emerges is that of an agency too caught up in its own self-importance, whose obsession with the sex lifes of anybody borders in the pathological and whose methods seem to consist mostly of plain bullying and blackmail. Unsofisticated and undiplomatic in most cases and worse: with a lack of a priorities as far as objectives. I guess that might be the real picture, I'll never know, but it is hard to understand why anybody would want to write about it.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Zephyr 10-20-14
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    "Great story, badly recorded."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have someone record it with good equipment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Accounts of Mossad activity are always fascinating and this book is no exception


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Theodore Bikel?

    Well there's nothing wrong with Theodor Bikels performance except that it seems to have been recorded on a 90's personal cassette player.


    Was Gideon's Spies worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Fayetteville, AR, United States 07-16-14
    Jeff Fayetteville, AR, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Good...wish it was longer"
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    Good book and the writer seemed credible. I wish he would have taken more time and covered more on the topic. It seemed like an overview.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jack 05-13-13
    jack 05-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "a very good but disjointed history of the Mossad"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The time was well spent , but it was very hard to keep up with all the jumps in time and personnel. It would have been better if the author would have dealt with the history chronologically - rather than jumping back and forth from one time and director of Mossad to another - often without any glue to hold the disparate parts together.


    Would you recommend Gideon's Spies to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. but ony to those who are familiar with intelligence organizations.


    Which character – as performed by Theodore Bikel – was your favorite?

    HIs narration was good because I thought I was listening to an Israeli telling the story


    Was Gideon's Spies worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline New Zealand 02-25-13
    Caroline New Zealand 02-25-13
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    "An interesting insight"
    Would you listen to Gideon's Spies again? Why?

    Yes as there is a wealth of information to absorb and one is left with questions some time after listening to it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gideon's Spies?

    The revalation of what created the Mossad and thier philospohy.


    What does Theodore Bikel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His use of the language and his easy listening style drew me into the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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