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Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service

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The Mossad is widely recognized today as the best intelligence service in the world. It is also the most enigmatic, shrouded in secrecy. Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service unveils the defi ning and most dangerous operations that have shaped Israel and the world at large from the agency's more than sixty-year history, among them: the capture of Adol ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Ecco (first published January 1st 2010)
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Arjit Anant Sonali is absolutely correct. The recent missions would've involved latest in technology & they may contain some information which could be…moreSonali is absolutely correct. The recent missions would've involved latest in technology & they may contain some information which could be critical for future missions & important for Israel's national security. Hence, can't be disclosed.(less)
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Hanan Kat
Sep 17, 2014 Hanan Kat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have two problems with this book. The first one is that it's way too James Bond-y, it's not an objective book at all, it sensationalizes the "missions" to the extent where you just feel a lot of things are made up. Yes, the gist of the stories might be true, but too many descriptions of who felt what and who thought what and who whispered what make it look like a work of fiction straight out of the author's mind.

The second problem is the hypocrisy of this book! At the end of the day, let's no
Cassidy Lowe
Mar 24, 2013 Cassidy Lowe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a nonfiction book written like a spy novel. The organization of the book is by covert mission which makes it very easy to pick up and read a chapter at a time and put back down. I usually wanted to read the next though!

The most remarkable thing about the Mossad in my opinion is that they extend their protection to Jews all over the world, not just from Israel. I found it remarkable that they risk their lives for missions that might not sound that important. For example rescuing the "Syr
Aug 24, 2015 Nikunj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is no doubt that 'Mossad' was and is probably one of the best secret service agencies in the world at present. After reading Start-Up nation I became a fan of Israel but now I salute their spirit, their patriotism and their talent in every sphere they wish to engage. Though some of the stories may look like movie pick ups we should remind ourselves of the old saying-"Truth is stranger than Fiction". If you wish to pick something enthralling, scintillating and titillating the secret fighter ...more
Jean Poulos
The book is written more like a spy novel than a dry history book. The authors tell the stories of the more famous and well known escapades of the Mossad. The Mossad is recognized as the best intelligence agency in the world. The authors tell the story of the most famous and well justified mission of the kidnapping by the Mossad of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and bringing him back to Israel to stand trial for war crimes. Bar-Zohar tells about the bombing of the Syrian nuclear reactor and the ass ...more
Zohar -
Nov 17, 2012 Zohar - rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal is a non-fictionbook by Israeli journalists Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal. The book recounts some of the great successes and failures of the secret Israeli agency.

The book is divided into twenty two distinct chapters, each one a story of its own. The operations range from the complex assassinations of Syrian general Muhammad Suleiman, finding and assassinating rogue scientist Gerald Bull(he w
Shivani Palekar
Aug 17, 2015 Shivani Palekar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mossad is a fast paced, thrilling work of non-fiction that gives the reader a glance into the seemingly impenetrable, censored world of one the most powerful secret service agencies. It is divided into 22 distinct chapters, covering several operations from the kidnapping and execution of the Nazi - Adolf Eichmann to the Israel sponsored emigration of Ethiopian Jews. A must read for anyone interested in the world of espionage - the book not only covers the greatest successes of the agency, but al ...more
let me start by explaining how I think. I believe that every nation/ Country/ Culture... etc.. has the right to defend itself and do what is necessary according to their point of views.

if you like espionage stories, then its a good, light reading and will keep you busy until you finish it. However, being a book about the shadow world and the dark operations, you can't be sure that any of its stories are accurate or true and maybe if you are of a national that one of the operations took place aga
Nov 09, 2015 Priya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its like reading a 007 thriller - only that this is real! Simply love the spirit of Israelis.
Mar 28, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I have read a few books describing the work of the Mossad and have always been impressed with their determination to accomplish what is necessary to protect their country and people from terrorism and war.

If you want more detail, read books about individual operations. There are many. But this book presents an overview of several major operations with enough detail to be interesting and exciting enough to not want to put the book down. Unlike a book, however, these operations actually happened.

This book reads like a spy novel, but also not because instead of building up, it includes short stories that effectively describes the potency, lethality of Mossad; the secret service of Israel. It includes several high-profile missions and assassinations, some of which are pretty efficiently and effortlessly ordered and carried out.

The different branches of the organization and the changing 'ramsads'/heads of Mossad may prove to be confusing, does not in any way take from the nerve of th
Apratim Mukherjee
There is no way the book deserves less than five stars as Mossad it self is a five star secret service.As the pages are turned,the book describes execution of Nazis,PLO members,Hamas and Hezbollah agents etc.The book is well written and better than many spy novels. In my opinion,Mossad agents are better than fictional character of James Bond.
Apr 19, 2017 Thejas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mossad - Bollywood style

I wrote a spy novel when I was in my teens. Growing up on Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne series and super technical Tom Clancy's books, I was very confident that I could write a bestseller with my made up knowledge about inner workings of the CIA. But my hero had to be Indian as I presumed the American spies to be devoid of emotions and drama (also my made up knowledge about American culture was not deep enough to make up a complete character). But I was fascinated by Mossa
Yash E
Apr 19, 2015 Yash E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread
After finishing this book, one would understand why the MOSSAD is considered the "world's most efficient killing machine"! The book is an absolute page turner and keeps you on the edge of your seat! It exposes you to the parallel world of espionage that is dark, bloodied and characterised by ever existent fear. From bomb installations in day-to-day appliances to poisons that kill you on contact with your skin and dozen other "creative" ways of killing! The depth of detail in every mission of thi ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Varun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is badly written with most of the stories and opinions being one-sided. When an Israeli was assassinated, it is described as an 'act of terrorism'; when the assassin was an Israel it is a 'necessary move to protect Israel'.
The authors try to spice up the story and make it sound like a spy novel with unnecessary, and often cumbersome, detail -- and fail quite terribly. Covert operations, as anyone who watched 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' would know, are nothing like an Ian Fleming book.
Ra'fat O. Abu Alhija
يوضّح الكتاب كما يوضح عنوانه، عن العمليّات الكُبرى لجهاز الموساد الإسرائيلي الذي له القدرة على الوصول إلى كلّ عواصم هذا العالم القذر واللعب بشتّى الأوراق وصفعها بوجوه أصحابها.. الجهاز القذر الذي أجرى عمليّاته بدهاء مُطلق وبسريّة تامّة، يوضح الكتاب العديد من العمليّات بكافة تفاصيلها والتخطيط لها والتنفيذ والأخطاء التي ارتكبها الموساد في بعض العمليات والنجاح الذي حققه في غيرها.

كما أوضح المترجم أن الهدف من نشر الكتاب هو فضح عمليّات الموساد ومدى تواطئ العالم أجمع مع ما يُسمّى اسرائيل ودعمه لكافة عمل
Ajit Sridharan
I was a bit disappointed with this book. Generally, people who don't have much of a background of the whole Israel - Arab conflict would require some background before reading this book. The authors could have approached this book keeping in mind that a good share of readers would not be too familiar with Israel. The whole geo-political setting, history behind the antagonistic relationship that Israel shares with Iran, Syria, Lebanon etc could have been explained better. Maps would also have hel ...more
Margaret A Register

This well-written book chronicles several Mossad operations. It's fascinating to read about covert operations and I look forward to future events that may or may not be Mossad in action. (Smile)
Midhun Jose
Nov 06, 2016 Midhun Jose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, thriller, spy
It's very rare that you get a book that gives real accounts of events and yet so dramatic and so thrilling. Well researched and never stuck in over-explanation.
Chris Brown
Interesting, but poorly written and disjointed. The author jumps between dates that makes it hard to follow the incidents chronicled in the book.
Every character in a non-fiction is a real human being, who walked this earth. And, that’s where lies the charm of reading a book which follows the life and history of an organization and its operatives. The names like Isser Harel or Meir Dagan aren’t just names of characters; these are the names of real day heroes. And, through this book I got the opportunity to visit them personally. Who can ask for more?
The book is well detailed, not too detailed to become slow, but enough to keep the reader
Praveena D.M.
Feb 09, 2017 Praveena D.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books read in this year. Superb narration and simple language. Even though books deals with lot of characters, Author executed very well.
Virat hooda
True Wonderer
First off, Israel has always fascinated me,A country of just 8 million people (The city that i am currently in,Bangalore, has more than 10 million) has such potential, such innovative tech companies ,a well trained military and one of the most sophisticated and deadly secret service which is dubbed as “The most effective killing machine”.The Jewish people have had a very hard history, and they have learned a lot from it, from the pharaohs of Egypt to Hitler in Nazi Germany,they have
Jan 11, 2015 A.Samir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
زي ما هو واضح من اسم الكتاب هو بيتكلم عن الموساد وأشهر عملياته

المقدمة هي عملية كوماندوز جريئة لاغتيال قادة من الجبهة الشعبية
وبعد كدة بيسرد مجموعة من العمليات اللي شنها الجهاز لتعطيل البرنامج النووي الإيراني، بما فيه من عمليات اغتيال، وتعاون مع معارضين لإيران، وهجمات إليكترونية على أجهزة الطرد المركزي
في الجزء ده الكاتب استخدم الصيغ الصحفية زي (قيل إن، وزعم، واتهمت إيران.. إلخ) عشان ميثبتش عمليات على إسرائيل هي ما اتبنتهاش بنفسها

بعد كدة بيسرد أشهر العمليات
إيلي كوهين
فضيحة لافون، واستهداف العلماء
Dawoud Na'erat
Feb 09, 2014 Dawoud Na'erat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لم يشذ المؤلفان ميخائيل بارزوها و نسيم ميشعال في كتابهما "الموساد: أكبر مهام جهاز المخابرات الاسرائيليه" عن القاعدة الأساسية غير المكتوبة والمتعارف عليها بالنسبة إلى دولة الكيان الإسرائيلي , ألا وهي تمجيد أعمال الموساد القذرة وإظهار الجرائم التي يرتكبها ضد العالم كما لو أنها أعمال نبيلة تهدف إلى حماية حق هذة الدولة الغاصبة بالوجود.
إلا أن نشر هذا الكتاب باللغة العربية يهدف إلى تسليط الضوء على عدوانية هذا الجهاز تجاه العرب خصوصاً والعالم عموماً.
ففيه عرض لبعض الأفكار والأساليب الجهنمية التي مارسها
أحمد دعدوش
كما هو حال كتابات عناصر المخابرات، فإنها غير موثوقة غالبا، ويختلط فيها الكذب بالحقائق وبطريقة يصعب فيها كثيرا التمييز.
يقدم الكاتب النظام العلوي في سوريا على أنه العدو الأول لإسرائيل، وإذا صح ذلك من حيث الظاهر -حتى فيما يبدو لعناصر الموساد والكثير من صناع القرار في تل أبيب ودمشق- معا فما أراه هو أن رؤساء العصابات في الأنظمة العربية والغرب هم الذين يخفون وحدهم حقيقة التحالفات الخفية بينهم، بينما تخفى الحقيقة حتى عن كبار الضباط. وهذا ينسحب على أشرف مروان صهر جمال عبد الناصر الذي اجتهد الكاتب كثيرا
Dattatreya Kugve
Jan 14, 2017 Dattatreya Kugve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of Mossad and Israel then you will enjoy this book. I knew about few of daring missions of Mossad like capturing Adolf Eichmann and penetrating Syrian government by famous Mossad agent Eli Cohen. Wanted to know bit more about some of the famous Mossad operations in detail so took this book.
First few chapters disappointed me as they seemed like mere collection of some news paper reports with not much detail. But starting from Eichman's chapter book gets interesting and gets into
Aug 03, 2016 JooDy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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اعتقد أن هذا لا يختلف كثيرا عن أفلام هوليوود ... كل احداث الجوسسة و العمليات المدبرة و البطولات
موجودة في العالم الواقعي ....
الكتاب عبارة عن حقائق و وقائع حصلت فعلا - كي لا تعطي نفسك فرصة للتكذيب -
اعتقد ان الكيان الصهيوني بكل اجهزته لن يرتاح حتى يبيدنا جميعا ...
اعتقد أن العرب لم تنقصهم الشجاعة ... لكن أكثر من هذا ..الخيانة , النساء , الاموال و التقدير العلمي و الاجتماعي الذي يحظى به -الخائن- الذي سيقتل لا محالة بعد قضاءه للمهام الموكلة اليه
اعتقد ايضا ان هذا العالم سخيف فعلا ... كمية الضباب ال
Anurag B
May 22, 2014 Anurag B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The books starts off a little heavy but once you get into the flow of things, it's a very easy read. Remarkable insights into the Mossad missions. I found myself trying to corroborate the facts and spent a lot of time researching online and from what I could find, these stories seem rather authentic. The Mossad and the state of Israel in general are very clear about one thing - don't act against us.
Jan 07, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just happened to run across this book in the new book section of the library, and very glad I did. It is a fascinating read for anyone who is interested in the Middle East and the history of modern Israel and its neighbors. It gives you a better understanding of the methods used by Israel to keep its people safe especially since the international community's only interest in Israel is how to keep the oil flowing from the region without turning the other Middle Eastern nation against them.
Lauren Uranga
Lots of interesting operations from the history of the Mossad that would also make great movie plots but the book also felt very propoganda like. There was never any question of the morality or ethics of these operations. All assassinations, bombings and other operations were reported as if they were totally justified and I thought it would have been interesting to have a more balanced telling of these actions.
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Professor Michael Bar-Zohar was a member of Knesset (Labour) and wrote the official biography of David Ben Gurion. He has written thirty non-fiction books, and has been translated into sixteen languages, winning many international prizes. He is currently working on a biography of Shimon Peres.

Has written under the pseudonym Michael Barak.

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