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In the secret world of spies and covert operations, no other intelligence service continues to be surrounded by myth and mystery as does the Mossad. Created in 1951 to ensure the future of an embattled Israel, Mossad is responsible for the most audacious and thrilling feats of espionage, counterterrorism, and assassination. To some, Mossad is the precise and at times lethal instrument of Israel's will, a fiercely dedicated group of men and women: an elite intelligence arm. To others, Mossad is a fearsome intelligence organization loyal only to those who can control it: a shadowy ruthless cabal of spies. But no one has ever gotten close enough to Mossad to know the truth. Until now.

Gideon's Spies documents the Mossad's deepest secrets from the end of the Cold War to the present day. You'll learn how the Mossad undercut the CIA's position as the Vatican's prime intelligence source, how TWA Flight 800 was ruthlessly exploited by the Mossad, and most explosive of all, Mossad's involvement in the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayad. Gideon's Spies reveals the Mossad as it truly is: brilliant, ruthless, flawed, but ultimately awesome.

©1999 by Gordon Thomas, All Rights Reserved (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.

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I love the book, great insight into how ‘democracy’ works.

One negative is that it jumps around a bit with dates and timelines, but otherwise I cannot fault it.

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Great book

The content was very interesting and informative. A special mention to the narrator who was wonderful in his intonation and pronouncing foreign words. Made listening a pleasant experience.

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great read on spies

I really enjoyed this insightful view in the Spy world especially the Israeli and histrionic events I remember seeing on T.V.

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  • despinne
  • 02-07-2003

Hatchet Job?

One of the first things on this tape is the suggestion that since Israel formed the Mossad after 1948, they have been involved deeply in every major event in world's history, including the Kennedy assassinations and the death of Princess Diana. Immediately, every piece of information divulged in the entire book becomes suspect. There is such a wealth of evildoings listed and discussed that one must believe it was written to bring down the Mossad, not elevate it. Every country is self-serving and must have its spies, and they all have their dirty tricks and unspeakable events, but I came away with the feeling that the Mossad is the worst of them all... which must mean the most successful? I simply do not feel any sense of balance in this book. Surely the Mossad is involved in patriotic activities as well as international snooping? I give it 3 stars for whatever may be true. I would not use this for a reference book.

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  • Ed IsReal
  • 25-03-2011

Compelling

Inmensely compelling and authentic. This book leaves you thinking about the events for weeks after.

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  • Mark
  • 21-03-2011

some great spy stories--worth the read.

I found this really interesting and it kinda made me want to be a spy. Like any work of history/journalism, the author has some biases. But, as far as books about israel go, the biases are not overwhelming and the author is upfront enough about his motives for writing the book that a reasonably critical listening should not have much trouble putting these stories in the appropriately broader context. The author lingers on some small potatoes stuff that he seems to be the first to have uncovered, but the whole book isnt that long; so, it's forgivable. He is also obsessed with celebrities (the pope, Princess Diana...); so they get a lot more attention than they should in any book about Israeli national security, but...again...forgivable.

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  • Jessica
  • 20-08-2019

Waste of time

Poorly written with no discernible organization. The narrative jumps from the 70s to the 2000’s to the 60s to the 2010 back to the 80.
Plans and plots are started and then either abandoned or reappear an hour later with no connection to what happened in the middle
The only saving grace is that it’s relatively short

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  • James
  • 06-05-2003

Riveting

This was my 6th book from audible and the only one that is riveting - can't put down listening. The voice is the perfect tone and accent to reinforce the reading. The quality of journalism is superb, getting the right balance between factual information and a great compelling narrative. A must listen for anyone interested in current affairs and the dark underbelly of global intelligence. The relation between the CIA and Mossad is intriguing lsitening.

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  • Meredith
  • 21-08-2009

Enjoyable Education

Great listening - combo detailed history intertwined with action fiction.

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  • Jose
  • 09-08-2004

overblown and conspiratorial

-This is the book all amateur spies wish were true. Form the plot to murder Lady Di to the kidnapping of an old nazi in Argentina or the sale of missiles from Iran, this book documents the different activities the Mossad has undertaken and how it has acted sometimes in accordance to the israeli government and sometimes in disagreement. Smoky rooms, dingy pubs and backroom deals abound. The picture that emerges is that of an agency too caught up in its own self-importance, whose obsession with the sex lifes of anybody borders in the pathological and whose methods seem to consist mostly of plain bullying and blackmail. Unsofisticated and undiplomatic in most cases and worse: with a lack of a priorities as far as objectives. I guess that might be the real picture, I'll never know, but it is hard to understand why anybody would want to write about it.

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  • Tammy
  • 23-02-2021

WOW....JUST WOW....

I tried to stay awake to listen through the whole thing in one day....yes, it's that good.

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  • Drcousteau
  • 25-07-2020

My first visit to established states of Israel

Since my first arrival to state of Israel in 1948- as a 4 year old -I can still remember our stay in tents in Jaffa-from Morocco as a glorious right of passage- my father the ever eternal Jew- a patriotic sole- took his whole family of 7 -n possessions in hopes of better life - but was not to be Km as nd returned back to Tangier- But not all is lost as my older brothers was sent back to israel in 1953-4 kibbutz Ein aslocha? A war time again - Thnk you for enlightening my remembrance of my beautiful never yo forget memories - and as my dad prior to his passing reminded me in 1995 that we may never lose this piece of land - Israel
Thnk you for your insights on subject matters/ warned cockle of my heart as we can only yihuds at heart
Baruch HaShem
Assayag -gang


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  • Jilan
  • 17-04-2020

Contains less than half the passages from the actual book.

Like the heading says. If you are really interested in this book. Better to buy the physical version. The audiobook has a lot of passages missing from it.

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