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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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    Morton Satin Rockville, MD USA 11-05-12
    Morton Satin Rockville, MD USA 11-05-12
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    What would have made Gideon's Spies better?

    The story does not provide a cohesive portrait of the agency and its evolution.


    What could Gordon Thomas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Theodore Bikel’s performance?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-25-12
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Compelling"
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    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.

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    Brandon 03-05-12
    Brandon 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great history, but something is missing!?"
    What did you love best about Gideon's Spies?

    I liked the stories that shaped Israel and the Mossad, and how it changed the playing field in the counter intelligence/spy field.


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

    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.


    What aspect of Theodore Bikel’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing really.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    We need more books on the Mossad!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Parham 08-21-11
    Parham 08-21-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Good, could be better."

    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.

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    Albert Sinyor 07-31-11
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    "Superb insight into the world of Spies"

    Excellent book with details on how the Mossad operated and the difficulties they faced and had to overcome.

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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 1 people found this review helpful
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