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Spies Against Armageddon -- Inside Israel's Secret Wars: Updated & Revised (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Dan Raviv , Yossi Melman
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Fully updated for 2014 to include tumultuous events in Syria, Egypt, Iran, and the entire Middle East, SPIES AGAINST ARMAGEDDON: INSIDE ISRAEL'S SECRET WARS covers more ground than any other book about modern-day Israel. Its 25 action-packed chapters and detailed endnotes are filled with colorful characters, who risk their lives and reputations in the secret service of their nation. This is a history of Israel's espionage and security network from 1948 until the present day, written by the best selling authors of EVERY SPY A PRINCE: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF ISRAEL'S INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. This book takes you inside the Middle East crises of today, analyzing Iran's nuclear program and challenges for the United States. The authors also examined U.S.-Israeli relations in FRIENDS IN DEED. Dan Raviv is a CBS News correspondent currently based in Washington, and Yossi Melman is an award-winning Israeli journalist based in Tel Aviv. They have a global reputation for being fair and balanced, without exaggeration about Israel's covert achievements -- and some flaws -- in the defense of a nation that always sees itself as embattled. Chapter 1 of SPIES AGAINST ARMAGEDDON is titled "Stopping Iran," then come chapters with exclusive and carefully considered history -- showing how the behavior and lessons learned in wars and adventures affect the decisions Israel must make today. Later chapters focus on the secret bombing of a nuclear reactor in Syria, the murder by a Mossad team in a Dubai hotel (Was it a mistake?), and blasting the Steven Spielberg movie "Munich" for making it look like Mossad hit men suffered frustration and regrets. SPIES AGAINST ARMAGEDDON is well researched, balanced, and a remarkably enjoyable read

Biographie de l'auteur

Dan Raviv, an award-winning CBS News correspondent based in Washington, spent many years in the Middle East and London for CBS. He is author of COMIC WARS, a book about the Marvel Entertainment bankruptcy, and that company's renaissance. Yossi Melman resides in Tel Aviv and is a highly honored Israeli journalist, author of books including THE NUCLEAR SPHINX OF TEHRAN and THE NEW ISRAELIS. Together, they authored FRIENDS IN DEED: INSIDE THE U.S.-ISRAEL ALLIANCE and the national best seller on Israeli intelligence, EVERY SPY A PRINCE. They may be reached at SpiesArmageddon@gmail.com and LevantBooks@ymail.com. Follow them on Twitter @SpiesArmageddon and on their website, IsraelSpy.com.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 360 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1477448292
  • Editeur : Levant Books; Édition : 2 (1 mars 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 livres impressionnant 19 janvier 2013
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Ces un livres qui de manière romancée décrit certaines vérités qui n'apparaissent pas dans les médias. Les discussions secrètes et les contacts non connus du grand public
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Comprehensive and thrilling account of history of Mossad 9 juillet 2012
Par Alan A. Elsner - Publié sur Amazon.com
This detailed and exciting account of the history of the Israeli secret services, including the Mossad, the Shin Beth and others less well-known to the public, should be required reading for anyone interested in the history and politics of the Middle East. It is even more relevant because its opening chapter deals with the ongoing Iranian nuclear crisis and Israel's clandestine efforts to derail and delay the Iranian nuclear program.

The book clearly benefited from detailed interviews the authors conducted with leading players, some now deceased. The authors themselves are a winning team of a well-known Israeli reporter and a veteran American correspondent (full disclosure, I was a reporter in Israel for several years in the 1980s and knew one of the authors quite well.)

Starting with the founding of Israel in 1948, the book runs through some well-known episodes such as the kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann from Argentina to stand trial in Jerusalem. But there are many other vignettes that were unknown to me -- and I consider myself something of a professional student on Middle Eastern history. There is a comprehensive account of how Israel built its own nuclear program with help from France and others. The story of how Israel managed to persuade an Egyptian Air Force pilot to defect, bringing with him his top secret Soviet plane, could be the subject of a fantastic movie all by itself. Thus, Israel became the first Western nation to acquire a Soviet MiG-21 and it was a treasure trove for U.S. intelligence.

In another chapter, the authors describe Israel's success in protecting its civilian aircraft from hijackers and bombers -- and America's refusal to imitate some of the Israeli techniques despite repeated warnings. Had our leaders listened, we may have averted 9/11.

The authors show that contrary to popular opinion, the Mossad has generally been reluctant to kill its adversaries. It preferred to threaten and deter them if possible, with assassination a last resort. But they state unequivocally that Israel has been behind the murders of several Iranian nuclear scientists in recent years.

There is also a vivid and full account of the decision to destroy a Syrian nuclear plant in 2007. I had no idea before reading this account how close the Syrians were to developing a weapon. Their graphite reactor would have gone operational and started to produce plutonium within weeks had the Israelis not taken it out in September 2007.

The Mossad and especially the Shin Beth are not perfect. They have made major blunders -- such as failing to anticipate the start of the Yom Kippur War. The Shin Beth fell victim to excessive brutality against Palestinians in the territories and mishandled the two Intifadahs. Israel has made strategic decisions, such as invading Lebanon in 1982, that produced short-term success and longer-term disaster.

But what comes across to me most vividly in this book is the resourcefulness, courage and sheer inventiveness the men and women of these services have so often displayed. Israel is still at war, surrounded by enemies who wish to destroy it. These secret services are on the front lines. Often, what they do averts greater threats through their ingenuity.

Since its early days, Israel has developed a doctrine of not relying on others for the defense of the nation. This doctrine comes out of the painful lessons learned during the Holocaust. But the Iranian crisis is testing many long-held beliefs and assumptions, confronting policy-makers and especially the Prime Minister, with one of the most agonizing decisions any Israeli leader has ever faced.

This book will make readers more aware of the stakes, the opportunities and the dangers.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow, couldn't put it down 18 juillet 2012
Par Potomac - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Being very familiar with the history of the Israeli intelligence services, I found this book to be a trough of new, fascinating information. I highly recommend it to any one who is interested in espionage and Middle East affairs.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book, despite some political bias and some disorganization 20 septembre 2012
Par Paul Arking - Publié sur Amazon.com
As an enthusiast of Israeli history, especially when involving intelligence or espionage operations, this book was a wealth of information, an unprecedented compendium from minor anecdotes to major sagas detailing the history of the Mossad, the Shin Bet, Aman--their heads, their operations, their rivalries, their politics, their offshoots and affiliates (Kidon, Sayeret Matkal, etc.), their successes, their failures, and more. While some of the stories are known legends (e.g., Osirak, Entebbe, Eli Cohen), I am quite certain that this book will contain quite a few heretofore unknown stories and details for most. There were also quite a few details (e.g., some regarding the Syrian nuclear reactor operations) that really caught me by surprise.

That said, I only have two complaints. The first is one of politics. The authors apparently take a left-of-center political position and from time to time make no effort to hide it. While most politicians in the books are simply named, many of the Likud politicians have the "right-wing" descriptor prepended to their names, as does the Likud party itself (a simple search will reveal that "right-wing" turns up twice as many times in the book as "left-wing" does). As another example, Ariel Sharon is unabashedly and overtly scorned in part of the book with a tangential anecdote that needn't have been cited and, having been cited, needn't have been done so in such a wryly opinionated way by the authors. Even references to Obama (and his not-so-subtle anti-Israel actions) seem slightly overly forgiving, excusing, and optimistic. Granted, these things are only little, random bumps in the long, generally smooth road of an enjoyable book, but they still feel unnecessary and serve as tiny unwelcome jabs reminding the reader that this book could have been just a wee bit better had it been written without those little references.

The second complaint I have is one of organization. While the stories were highly informative, interesting, and entertaining, they were also seemingly all over the place with segues or threads sometimes hard to even detect or identify. It was not written ordered chronologically, nor was it written grouped by subject. It seemed to bounce sometimes back and forth through the decades, back and forth across the different intelligence organizations, and back and forth across topics of concern to Israel. Would it have had a more identifiable sequence, I would have enjoyed it much more so.

Those two complaints notwithstanding, though, this was an excellent book and one I would recommend to just about anyone--regardless of one's position on Israel, politics, or even one's enthusiasm for historical books, as this was far from your typical, dry narrative. In fact, I read it in only a few days, not having been able to put it down for very long at a time!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Spies Against Armageddon [Paperback] Dan Raviv (Author), Yossi Melman (Author) 11 juillet 2012
Par Richard T. Nowitz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Its hard to add anything after reading Alan Elsner's review but to say this is a great read. Its a page turner and very informative. I found the historic roots of the evolution of Isreal's intelligence service especially interesting, not to mention the philosophy of their operation which was constantly evolving to meet ever changing threats to the Jewish state. I'd give the book 5 stars +. I hardly think anyone would be disappointed. Millman & Raviv should be proud of their latest non-fiction thriller!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 History that reads like a thriller! 24 juillet 2012
Par David M. Sherman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the way history ought to be written; exciting, well researched, brilliantly organized, and accessible to the general public. Other reviews have provided a detailed summary of the book. Be assured that you will not be overwhelmed with the details but intrigued by the events. I highly recommend this book for content and an intriguing peak into the world of spying. The authors should be praised for their willingness not only to provide a cogent history of Israeli spying, but to make critical judgments about the events that are so complex and controversial. Wonderful book....
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