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Publisher's Summary

A revelatory account of the cloak-and-dagger Israeli campaign to target the finances fueling terror organizations - an effort that became the blueprint for US efforts to combat threats like ISIS and drug cartels.

ISIS boasted $2.4 billion of revenue in 2015, yet for too long the global war on terror overlooked financial warfare as an offensive strategy. "Harpoon", the creation of Mossad legend Meir Dagan, directed spies, soldiers, and attorneys to disrupt and destroy money pipelines and financial institutions that paid for the bloodshed perpetrated by Hamas, Hezbollah, and other groups. Written by an attorney who worked with Harpoon and a best-selling journalist, Harpoon offers a gripping story of the Israeli-led effort, now joined by the Americans, to choke off the terrorists' oxygen supply, money, via unconventional warfare.

©2017 Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Samuel M. Katz (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"It's a cliché after Watergate that the key investigation in most circumstances is to 'follow the money' (in the words of Deep Throat). This is the story of how Mossad led this movement and substantially affected investigations of terrorism and similarly important matters and how this influenced the CIA's later work in the same field. Bravo Mossad! Thanks for leading the way." [R. James Woolsey, CIA director (1993-95)]
"The riveting and untold story of the intelligence task force that launched a dynamic new front in the war on terror. A thrill ride with one of the most important Israeli start-ups of them all." [Tamir Pardo, director of the Mossad (2011-2016)]
"Money drives terrorism. If funding is cut, terrorism is reduced. A groundbreaking look at how spies, soldiers, statesmen, and lawyers waged a relentless campaign to dry up the financial streams that funded terrorism against Israel and the United States. A great read about a compelling issue." (Professor Alan Dershowitz, leading civil rights attorney)

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Riveting!!!

Quite possibly (if not definitely) the best book I've ever listened to! Do yourself the favor.

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Great listen.

This is a profoundly interesting book. Very happy "it found me." It kind of curls your hair a little hearing this account.... I can't believe the government let it be published.

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Riveting.

This was absolutely fascinating and an amazing read. This book was very hard to put down. Every chapter gives an amazing story and best of all, its all true.

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Great listen and excellent tips!

I have listened to this book 3 times since purchasing it and enjoyed it more and more each time. It's a great listen and provides great negotiating tips that I have already used.

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Fascinating Look Counter-Terrorism Finance!

What did you love best about Harpoon?

This book had a great story from the Israeli perspective, detailing relatively recent events in memory, and the shadow under workings behind them. It gives a fresh perspective on the world and is just a really interesting take on counter-terrorism, finance, the global war on terror, and the connections between them.

What did you like best about this story?

Very interesting storyline, very well performed. All around good listen.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Harpoon: Mossad Counter-Terrorism Operations

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excellent book

this is an excellent book that relates ones of the most amazing missions of the Mossad and how they change the fight against terrorism.

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Amazing. Insightful. Inspiring.

Very educational. All around riveting. A must read for sure. Thank you for sharing this story.

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Excellently authored

This book is an expose of terror organizations and how they operate. I would recommend it to everyone who is concerned about terrorism, and we all should be very concerned. This rating is well deserved in this exceptionally well written account of the Harpoon unit of Mossad.

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  • Philo
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 11-24-17

Educational -- useful facts in mild sauce of spin

The reference in the title to the prominence and intensity of spin is one hundred percent sarcastic. There are useful facts, bobbing around in a massive monolithic torrent of same. This is one glimpse into a future more of the world may experience.

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A must read

Excellent book and narration. The book exposes a secret war on some of the most dangerous terror organizations in the world, in a dynamic and engaging way. Although it is filled with facts and operational details, the book is very easy to follow.

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  • eunice
  • 12-30-17

The bigger the lie, more people will believe

Where does Harpoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent, interesting and very gripping

What did you like best about this story?

The background story of Terrorism's Money matters written and investigated by a recommended lawyer and author Nitsana Darshan-Leitner also Samuel katz

Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Comes over well and with feeling

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Strange but true

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Does the world view such dishonesty with blinkers on their eyes ???

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  • Adam Webb
  • 07-18-18

Follow the money

The Israelis know how to fight terrorism. They’ve been facing it on a large scale long before the west and have worked out how to do it effectively. Once again, lessons can be learnt from history both modern and ancient.

This is an excellent book which goes into significant detail about money and terrorism. I quite enjoyed it. The narrator is good. The book is well written. It seems odd that I enjoyed a book which is essentially about death.