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The addictive, news-breaking inside account of Israel's state-sponsored assassination programs, from the man hailed by David Remnick as "arguably [Israel's] best investigative reporter."

©2018 Ronen Bergman (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Massacres names

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Would have given overall 5 starts, and 5 to narrator, as well, but he absolutely massacred the Hebrew and Arabic names. Surely there is a way for narrators to clarify correct pronunciation before they begin recording. He pronounced Arik Sharon's name in a way (a-'rik) that means " [soldier] deserter" in Hebrew!.

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Eye Opening

This book has had a profound effect on the way I perceive evens in the past,
and the dynamics of current events.
The books was extremely hard to stop listening to. Never felt board or wanting the author to move on with it.
Narration was appeasing to the ears and had a good use of voice inflection.
Would recommend to anyone who wants to step into another angle of Israel’s history past and present. From my understanding the Author only published what could be verified so I feel these accounts are valid.

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Terrific book. Timely topic. Well documented and told

This is an utterly fantastic historical account of Israel’s defense services and their tactics and strategies. It is in believable how folks like Tom Clancy could write fiction when this stuff was real. Bergen is an excellent story teller. With such amazing content to choose from, I’m amazed TBE book was not longer! Well done.

From an audiobook POV, the narrator does an excellent job as well.

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fantastic

amazing details, gripping story. the access this man had was amazing. so many suspenseful moment. highly recommend.

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good but very focused

the entire book is as expected in that it talks about israel's various groups which have undertaken targeted killing operations. overall provides an interesting perspective into the israeli government and their ongoing efforts to keep the people of israel "safe"

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Just awesome. That's all I have to say.

Keeping it simple. Spend the money and listen to this audio book. You won't regret it.

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An incredible and eye opening.

Could not stop listening. Must read to better understand the Israeli security service as well as the regions struggles

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Stunning and captivating

This book gives a rare insight into the political and military decision making for assassinations throughout the Middle East very detailed and accurate accounts and techniques used to achieve these goals definitely a must read for anyone intrested in Middle East is really conflicts and generally espionage

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  • robert
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Very Good... but..?

This is the most compelling account of the sheer ineptitude and arrogance perpetrated by the brilliantly effective Mossad agency. In it the author lays bare the multitude of dastardly murders committed by these highly trained self sacrificing agents. The sheer brilliance of the Palestinian leadership is explained (most of whom we learn were peaceful determined child prodigies) . They are a stark contrast to the Israeli war criminals like Ariel Sharon. One unnamed source has stated about the author "the innocent Palestinian people have no better friend, the IDF no worse enemy".
This review so far is an exaggerated style of b.s. let's say a bit of a parody of the book. Joking aside this was a good listen. The story was an extensive account of the Mossad and other military and intelligence arms of the Israeli s. The writing style is good and feels like that of a left leaning journalist who'd rather let others do the fighting. Listening to this book (which i will admit is a page turner) I couldn't shake a quote from C.S. Lewis " it's wicked arrogance for individuals sitting at home in ease and comfort to judge men in the front lines". One other uncomfortable reaccuring thought was ; why would a Jew (I'm assuming here) tell secrets and strategies which will help the enemy kill more Jews ? I seriously question these types of books. It's becoming more prevalent. American Journalists given the choice between a scoop and a few Marines, will usually publish to further they're career. The writing style is fast paced and engaging. The author is excellent at keeping the story moving and doesn't get overly sidetracked like myself in this rambling review... The author gives by all accounts facts, and many at that, but critical thinking still needs to be applied. One should be aware of the literary tricks used in this book. . I'd highly recommend the book, given the aforementioned disclaimer. The author is obviously very talented and informed about the IDF, Mossad etc.. . I also agree with some of the interviews & conclusions of some of those quoted , namely that bombing and injuring civilians can lose a war very quickly. I'm also glad that there's a conversation about things like drone strikes, civilian casualties, and how far a country is permitted to go to defend itself. Books and articles are necessary , but I just don't think a chair jockey like myself or the author have the credibility to really tell the correct story. That's my own opinion however and regardless I would listen to other books from the author. Narrator was fine, sounded like how the author would sound in my mind. Overall 4 stars

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Complex, thrilling and disturbing

An amazingly detailed and well told history of the Israeli targeted killings. The performance of Rob Shapiro suits the material really well. Very highly recommend.