A riveting follow-up to Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal's account of the most memorable missions of the Mossad, No Mission Is Impossible sheds light on some of the most harrowing, nail-biting operations of the Israeli special forces.
Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service brought to life the gripping, legendary missions of Israeli's national intelligence force like never before, capturing the danger of the operations and the bravery of the operatives who risked everything to complete their assignments. Now, in No Mission Is Impossible, Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal return with the intensely absorbing, fast-paced story of 30 of the boldest missions of the Israeli special forces. Bar-Zohar and Mishal depict in electrifying detail major battles, raids in enemy territory, and death-defying commando missions while also sharing the personal stories of both soldiers and top commanders, revealing their hopes and fears. The stories are often of victories, but sometimes they're of immense failures. They run side by side with the accounts of the lives and accomplishments of some of Israel's most prominent figures, including Moshe Dayan, Ariel Sharon, the brothers Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, and Avigdor Kahalani.
We follow Sharon, from his near death at the battle of Latrun in 1948 to his crossing of Suez in 1973; we are with Ehud Barak, dressed in women's clothes, when he commands a daring raid in Beirut in 1973, and then when he is elected prime minister in 1999. Besides recounting these mesmerizing, high-stakes missions, No Mission Is Impossible includes an interview in each chapter with a major figure who took part in the mission discussed, including some of the most prominent players in Israeli politics.
Captivating and eye opening, No Mission Is Impossible is essential listening for anyone interested in understanding how these crucial missions shaped Israel and the world at large.
©2015 Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The authors of "no mission is impossible" take you behind the scenes at some of Israel's most daring missions. If your a fan of history, the military or Israel, you will not be disappointed.
It's an okay book, I found it mildly interesting. It's like that movie you watched last night, which was... okay... kept you somewhat entertained... but can't retell to your mate now, because you can't remember what the movie was about, or who starred in it.
Reasons I'm not all that excited about it, are:
– there are few tactical and strategical takeaways to be... well... taken away...
– it's a bit biased in its tone. Israel rocks – there's no doubt about that, reading this book.
– it wasn't clear which unit did what in each operation. Could've benefitted from a short explanation of the various Israeli special forces units. Which unit is equal to f.e. the US Navy SEALs, various Hunter Forces around the world, etc. It seems like Israel's special forces are grouped differently – so more info on that would've been welcome and made it more engaging.
– overall it's just not interesting in the same way that other great books on special forces are. To name a few recommendations:
The Navy SEAL Art of War by Rob Roy
Extreme Ownership (VERY engaging listen) by Babin & Willink
Unbreakable (a more personal account – with great battle descriptions) by Thom Shea
– are three that stand out for me.
Oh, another, minor detail:
Whenever an Israeli says something, the narrator speaks english like Israelis do. I know, as a Krav Maga practitioner;-) Maybe it's just me, but I find that it makes what they say seem less serious, like a parody. On the other hand, it makes it easy to distinguish whenever it's a person talking, vs the author's own voice.
The above said: this is a fairly good book, and you may like it!
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