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

by Gordon Thomas

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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 |
Interesting subject material, with a decent blend of policy/government description and action scenes. I enjoyed it despite it dragging a bit in the end. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
Gideon's Spies reveals the extent of Mossad's involvement in an astonishing range of world events includionf Irangate, the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II, the Monica Levinsky scandal and the death of Robert Maxwell.
  HanoarHatzioni | Jun 8, 2009 |
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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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"Gideon's Spies draws from classified documents, confidential sources, and closed-door interviews with Mossad agents, informants, and spymasters to reveal the organization's deepest secrets. This fifth edition is completely updated with new information, including the Mossad hospital raid that eventually uncovered sleeper cells in Britain, the assassination of the world's second most-wanted terrorist, the discovery of an unknown nuclear facility in Iran, the intricate relationship between Israeli intelligence and the Bush administration's war on terror, and why one former Mossad chief says, "We are looking down the barrel of World War III unless the world wakes up.""--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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