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Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad (1999)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312339135, Paperback)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.
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