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Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response | [Aaron J. Klein]

Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response

1972. The Munich Olympics. Palestinian members of the Black September group murder 11 Israeli athletes. Nine hundred million people watch the crisis unfold on television, witnessing a tragedy that inaugurates the modern age of terror.
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1972. The Munich Olympics. Palestinian members of the Black September group murder 11 Israeli athletes. Nine hundred million people watch the crisis unfold on television, witnessing a tragedy that inaugurates the modern age of terror.

Back in Israel, Prime Minister Golda Meir vows to track down those responsible and, in Menachem Begin's words, "run these criminals and murderers off the face of the earth". A secret Mossad unit is mobilized, a list of targets drawn up. Thus begins the Israeli response, a mission that unfolds not over months but over decades. The Mossad has never spoken about this operation. No one has known the real story. Until now.

In this riveting account, Aaron Klein peels back the layers of myth and misinformation about the "shadow war" against Black September and other terrorist groups.

©2005 Aaron J. Klein; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction, Unabridged, 2007

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    Boyd Bindrup 08-04-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Deep and dark"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    C. Tyrrell 01-26-06
    C. Tyrrell 01-26-06 Listener Since 2004
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    "Very, very good book. When researched."

    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.

    24 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Nor Cal 06-30-14
    Chris Nor Cal 06-30-14 Member Since 2014

    If you see a BMW motorcycle cruising down the road, you can be assured I'm listening to a book from Audible!

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    "Great Book!"

    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.

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    Loren Indiana, USA 10-11-13
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    "Starts well, then gets boring"

    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.

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    Daniel WI, WI, United States 01-03-12
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    "IDF, IAF... how can you hate someone thats so good"

    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.

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    paul j boyd hammonton, nj United States 09-26-07
    paul j boyd hammonton, nj United States 09-26-07 Member Since 2007
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    "taters4444"

    a must read for anyone interested in the workings of israeli intelligence. you won't be dissapointed. get it!

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    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 02-13-12
    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Informative, not riveting"

    Scholarly, almost clinical examination of the Munich Olympics massacre and aftermath. Scathing indictment of the West German response and how much of Europe (indirectly) supports and facilitates terrorists by providing haven.

    Very informative. But,lacked detail on specific operations.

    Reading was somewhat monotone.

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    dstepp1603 SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 11-19-10
    dstepp1603 SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 11-19-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Excellent Account"

    Excellent account of events surrounding the massacre. Some great insights about how islamic terrorist have been around for decades.

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    A1359 08-12-07
    A1359 08-12-07 Listener Since 2005
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    "Striking Back"

    Excellent read. Clearly a well researched and well written book. After seeing Munich I had many unanswered questions and tried reading up on the events after 1972. This has been the best source so far.

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    lloyd mollymook, Australia 01-10-12
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    "ALONZO"

    EXTREMELY DETAILED, WELL PRESENTED, HOWEVER GENERALLY A RESTATEMENT OF WHAT HAS GONE BEFORE. IF HOWEVER THIS IS A FIRST READ , THEN IT IS EXCELLENT. COVERS ALL POINTS. FURTHER, IT CONVEYS ONE VERY PERTINENT MESSAGE, I.E DON'T MESS WITH ISRAEL

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