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Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad (1999)

by Gordon Thomas

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It's astonishing how much information is revealed in this book. More astonishing is the information we'll never come to know. What's particularly interesting here is that the actual undertaken operations get swiftly overviewed - and many of which could fill entire books by themselves (and they do!) - while the politics and emotions of the players involved get full view. This isn't filler, it's germane to the story. Quality work. ( )
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
this is one of the few books to have captured the true nature of the Israeli Government and the thorough process of the Israeli power elite. Ari Ben-Menashe, Former Adviser on Intelligence to the Israeli Government Created in 1951 to ensure an embattled Israel’s future, the Mossad has been responsible for the most audacious and thrilling feats of espionage, counterterrorism and assassination ever ventured. Gideon’s Spies has been created from closed-door interviews with Mossad agents, informants and spymasters, and drawing from classified documentsand top-secret sources, revealing previously untold truths about the Israeli intelligence agency. ( )
  jose.pires | Jun 3, 2015 |
An intriguing book about one of the most shadowy intelligence agencies in the world. Drawing on interviews with former agents from the Mossad, this book reads like a thriller at times, rather than a history. How much of this is due to embellishment is unknown, but nevertheless, it is a good start for a curious reader to learn more about how nations interact with one another in a new age of intelligence. ( )
  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
I really like the books of Gordon Thomas he knows how to tell the story of the Intelligence agencies in a way that you do not only feel you are learning contemporarily history but at the same times it feels you are reading a novel. If you read several of his books you notice that sometimes he uses the same stories over and over. For someone that had never read a book from Gordon Thomas is ok, but since I had read several o them things become repetitive and it feels as an excuse to include more pages. ( )
  CaroPi | May 6, 2014 |
This book was alright - the stories were definitely intriguing and interesting. However it lacked some of the... style? from some of his other books - specifically the ones about MI-5 and the CIA mind control experiments.

I also noticed what I consider to be excessive typos for a professionally published book - perhaps it's because I was reading the Kindle version? All the same, it's unacceptable.

Overall a decent read. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
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The Mossad was formed in 1951 to coordinate the intelligence-gathering efforts of the still-young nation of Israel. In the nearly half century since, it has become a force to be reckoned with, boasting an impressive track record of counterterrorist actions and assassinations. Gideon's Spies is loaded with anecdotes of their greatest exploits (and a few colossal blunders). Among the most interesting sections are the suggestions that Mossad agents killed media tycoon Robert Maxwell in 1991, that the agency's attempted recruitment of Henri Paul, the driver of Princess Diana's car that fateful night, may have caused sufficient emotional distress to be a contributing factor in the accident, and that Mossad operatives in America had tapes of the phone-sex conversations between President Bill Clinton and his lover Monica Lewinsky. There's also some extensive material on the links between the Israelis and the Vatican, including the Mossad's role in the investigation into the attempted 1981 assassination of Pope John Paul II and the agency's constant battles against the PLO. An interesting nonfiction read for fans of international spy thrillers.

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For the first time ever, drawing on closed-door interviews between the author, Gordon Thomas, and Mossad agents, informants, and spymasters, as well as classified documents and top-secret resources, the truth about Mossad is about to be revealed. In Gideon's Spies, you'll learn how Mossad undercut the CIA as the Vatican's prime intelligence source by discovering the identity of those behind the failed attempt on Pope John Paul's life in May 1981; how TWA Flight 800 was ruthlessly exploited by the Mossad, resulting in the FBI spending hundreds of fruitless man-hours seeking proof of a terrorist act that never happened; about the assassination of Yasser Arafat's chief aide; and most explosive of all, about Mossad's involvement in the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.… (more)

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