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As the son-in-law of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and a close advisor to his successor, Anwar Sadat, Ashraf Marwan had access to the deepest secrets of the country's government. But he himself had a secret: he was a spy for the Mossad, Israel's intelligence service. Under the codename "The Angel", Marwan turned Egypt into an open book for the Israeli intelligence services and, by alerting the Mossad in advance of the joint Egyptian-Syrian attack on Yom Kippur, saved Israel from a devastating defeat.

Drawing on meticulous research and interviews, Uri Bar-Joseph pieces together Marwan's story. In the process, he sheds new light on this volatile time in modern Egyptian and Middle Eastern history, culminating in 2011's Arab Spring. The Angel chronicles the discord within the Israeli government that brought down Prime Minister Golda Meir - but the story doesn't end there.

Marwan eluded Egypt's ruthless secret services for many years until somebody talked. Five years later, his body was found in the garden of his London apartment building. Police suspected he had been thrown from his fifth-floor balcony, and thanks to explosive new evidence, Bar-Joseph can finally reveal who, how, and why.

©2016 Uri Bar-Joseph (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Trenchant, serpentine...Packed with jaw-dropping and intimate details...Bar-Joseph has done a laudable job of synthesizing the voluminous Israeli government information about Marwan, always keeping his eye for some of the outrageous - even absurd - turns of events in a high stakes drama." ( New York Times)

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  • Rosemary
  • Greenwich, CT, United States
  • 11-17-17

Mysteriously Fascinating

This book is beautifully read which is a great part of its charm. Why I could keep up interest in the intricacies of Egyptian politics of fifty years ago I can’t tell you. However the book is mesmerizing. Highly recommend to all fans of Daniel Silva!

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Not sure about the facts in this story.

But, I learned a lot of information clarified some history points. I need to read more about this subject.

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Still a Mystery

Well written and easy to follow. I was surprised that some of the Middle East leaders around during the Yom Kippur war are still in power now or until very recently were in power. There will always be a controversy over whose side he was on. He may simply motivated by his own needs without regard to loyalties.