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

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Created in 1951 to ensure the future of an embattled Israel, the Mossad has been responsible for the most audacious and thrilling feats of espionage, counterterrorism, and assassination ever ventured. For the first time ever, resulting from closed-door interviews between the author and Mossad agents, informants, and spymasters, as well as classified documents and top-secre ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 18th 2000 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1999)
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زاهي رستم
Apr 19, 2010 زاهي رستم rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كانت المشكلة الأولى للكتاب، أنه ممنوع.. وقد تجاوزت هذا وتمكنت من جلبه من بيروت.. ولكن المشكلة التي واجهتني فيما بعد... هي سياسة النقاط الثلاث... حيث يحوي الكتاب العديد من الفراغات ذات النقاط الثلاث.. إذا كان المترجم هو من وضعها بدل بعض الكلمات الحساسة.. فهو قد خان أمانة الترجمة.. وإذا كانت دار النشر هي التي قامت بهذا.. فكان ينبغي على الأقل الإشارة إلى ذلك.. ولكن لا حياة لمن تنادي
المهم يبدو أن القارئ سيستمتع بشكل ما باستخدام ذكائه لمعرفة الكلمات المغيبة

تحياتي لسياسة النقاط الثلاث...
Paul
Nov 15, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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In the world of smoke and mirrors that the world intelligence services operate in, Mossad are considered to be the best in terms of the quality and quantity of intelligence that they collect. AS well as that the missions that they undertake are audacious, brave and just a little bit foolhardy.

In this book, Thomas has brought together details of those missions and operations that Mossad has either undertaken, or has played a part in. Through his extensive contacts in a variety of intelligence ser
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Joey
May 21, 2013 Joey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The most entertaining one-star book you may ever read. If I'm rating based on the sheer page-turner appeal of the first half of the book, I give it two or three stars. Gideon's Spies is chalk full of harrowing tales of treachery, boldness, and bravery, written in the voice of a murder mystery. The trouble is Thomas's shoddy writing, or, to be fair to Thomas, perhaps it's the publishing house's shoddy editing.

It's hard to take very seriously a book that claims the Lockerbie bombings took place in
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Sassan
Dec 07, 2013 Sassan rated it it was ok
This is an interesting book to review. While I learned quite a bit from this book, I take issue with the fill-in-the-gap nature that the author of this book takes when he doesn't have evidence to present with the assertions that he makes. There is no doubt that the author harbors an anti-Israeli bias and this tone is evident throughout the book. I am willing to read books and objectively consider the evidence at hand regardless of my preconceived beliefs. In first reading this book, I expected t ...more
Kevin
Aug 23, 2009 Kevin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gordon Thomas may be right to boast about what he claims are the unprecendented number and range of interviews that he conducted with high-ranking officials from Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service. Yet while the fruits of those interviews may be of interest in a “spy novel” sense, Thomas’ presentation of their sum mostly does not lead to a greater understanding of Israeil policy, or much of anything else. Dramatic and intriguing they may be, but tales of Mossad officials cavorting around t ...more
Tariq A
من أجمل ماقرأت ..
بجانب المعلومات التاريخية المهمة ، فالكتاب يطور الفكر السياسي للقارئ ، ويعطيه تصورا عاما عن القضايا الحاصلة
وقدرة على التحليل الصحيح وبعد النظر ، ومعرفة الأفكار والتطورات الحاصلة في عالم الجاسوسية والمراقبة والأمن
Catherine
Dec 07, 2010 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific read with the ins and outs of any spy book only this time the names and events are not necessarily changed to protect people. It is the true history of the development of the Mossad; its missions; its successes; its failures.

I was half-way through the book when my father said it looked interesting and wanted to borrow it. I was horrified but I survived. Thankfully, he is a fast reader and he returned it in a few days with a huge smile on his face. As a career military man, I took tha
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Jeffrey Otto
It certainly cannot be said about this book that its author, Gordon Thomas, isn’t completely taken with the subject at hand. Writing with a schoolboy’s fascination for the murky parallel world of international espionage, Gideon’s Spies is a book full of smoke-filled rooms, institutional treachery, and ruthless men and women operating in cunning ways that would make the most hardened of criminals take pause. He describes a world where no one can be trusted, where deception is revered as an art fo ...more
Elliot Ratzman
I can’t trust this book since it mostly draws on former agents, saucy speculations and other sketchy sources. However, the picture it paints of competing national spy networks is truly frightening. If a fraction of these stories are true, we’re living in a world where governments can quietly eliminate or discredit its perceived “enemies” with relative ease—from planted newspaper stories to untraceable poisons—and little accountability. Mossad, apparently, has help in most countries, payroll info ...more
محمد الشمري
بكل صراحة من افضل الكتب التي قراتها

تاريخ عجيب ولكن يجب علينا الاستفادة منه


النسخة التي قرائتها من طباعة مكتبة الساقي ببغداد وترجمة إبراهيم البغدادي وهي النسخة اﻻولى سنة 2001
وهي بعنوان جواسيس في الرمال ((التاريخ السري للموساد))
Erik
The subject matter of this book is intriguing and a piercing insight into how nations interact with each other on multiple levels. Mossad's methods and philosophy of defending Israel at all costs and by all means necessary are clearly exposed here. Strangely the first chapter's discussion of the death of Princess Diana, linked to Mossad because of the commercial interests she threatened, is a little out of place given that the rest of the book focuses entirely on Mossad's role in defending Israe ...more
7nan
Feb 10, 2012 7nan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
الغاية تبرر الوسيلة، هكذا تفكر اسرائيل و هذه خلاصة الفلسفة العملية للموساد.. كيف بدأ الموساد و كيف استمر جهازًا إجراميًا لا يرضى بأقل من شرب دماء كل الذين لا يوافقون هواه، الكتاب بشكل عام جيد لكن أجدني أختلف مع الكاتب في كثير من النقاط، و لوهلة شعرت بأن الموساد يحاول عبر الكتاب أن يوهمنا بأن لا شيء قادر على اعتراض طريقه و كل من لا يرضيه سليقى مصيرًا كالذي لقيه من كان قبله.
الكتاب شامل لكثير من القضايا المهمة تاريخيًا، أعجبني و أنصح بقراءته بـ"وعي"
Maryah Mohammed
Mar 02, 2011 Maryah Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كنت ابحث عن شي يشفي الغليل عن الموساد فكان هو .، انصح به
Set Forth
Oct 30, 2015 Set Forth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“By Way of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War”. Wow!! This book took me through a whirlwind of dense intensity and had me on the edge of my seat. Gordon Thomas paints and sculpts the life of a spy like Pablo Picasso. The writer takes the reader through tumultuous layers of the spy world. The work of the spy is not only about abduction, clutching, and assassination but it requires rigorous thinking and planning to every little detail that goes into the finalization of every clandestine operations. The ...more
Sammy Sutton
Feb 20, 2012 Sammy Sutton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GIDEON'S SPIES is a comprehensive, and balanced picture of Mossad. The author begins with a plunge into the circumstances revolving around the death of Princess Diane. He paints an intricate picture of facts, and faux paus that clearly complicated the situation then and now. It is an interesting beginning to a book of this nature. However, it does demand the reader's attention, therefore, I believe it serves the purpose well.

After the dramatic introductory story, the author settles into a more t
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Dmitry Merener
Sep 28, 2012 Dmitry Merener rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book. The stories are great and fun to read. My problem with the book is that 415 pages in, the author makes two blatant mistakes that he represents as facts. The author establishes a CIA/MOB connection and lists "The Gotti Family" as one of the benefactors along with the Gambino and Columbo crime families. There is actually no such thing as "the Gotti Family" as John Gotti was a captain and eventual boss of the Gambino Family. On the very next page, the author mentions a su ...more
Jerome
Jul 07, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Where to begin, lets start with the writing, its bad. The author has a tendency to start making a point and then meandering off for two pages before returning to his original point, its hard to believe this guy writes for a living. Lets turn to content, how do you write a CREDIBLE non-fiction book without footnotes? None of the events described in this book are sourced, except for the author's vague assurances that they were based on his extensive interviews. Give me a break! Any first year coll ...more
Pujan
Jan 17, 2013 Pujan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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well-written and informative. Funny that the author, mentioning the plots of Mossad and other intelligence services to play journalists and fool the media, was himself apparently played in at least one of his stories: the plan of Mossad to convict Iran's regime behind Pop's assassination in the 80s. The author admits in one of the following chapters that KGB was behind it (they were afraid of uprisings in Poland), and forgets that he has Mossad's allegations against Iran in previous chapters. Wh ...more
Jared Nolen
Riveting at times, but some poor writing, weird grammar, repetitive story telling, and length made it a tiring and uninteresting read for the most part. It appears the second half of the book was updated to add new information on a couple of stories and added a couple hundred pages of unstructured rambling story telling with no defined purpose.
Agustinus
Aug 13, 2008 Agustinus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buku asik, cerita tentang Mossad yang bisa dibilang sebagai kelanjutan dari buku Mossad: Menguak Tabir Dinas Intelijen Israel.

Sejak bab 1 kita sudah diajak untuk mengetahui lebih banyak tentang peristiwa kematian Lady Diana. Bagaimana ketidakpuasan Mohammad Al-Fayed atas kesan ditutup-tutupinya peristiwa ini, serta dugaan sang ayah akan keterlibatan dinas-dinas rahasia internasional.

Ada juga cerita tentang peristiwa percobaan pembunuhan Paus Yohannes Paulus II oleh Mehmet Ali Agca pada 1981, kon
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kinu triatmojo
baca versi bahasa. tertarik buku ini karena nama penerjemahnya (hi james!). cerita dan gaya berceritanya sendiri agak bikin capek karena banyaknya tokoh dan kejadian yang berkaitan dalam satu judul tetapi terjemahannya bagus. saya curiga james yang lemari-bacaan-bagusnya terisi buku2 yang -mendengar judulnya saja saya tak pernah- dengan sukarela menerjemahkan juga beberapa istilah ibrani ke dalam bahasa untuk memudahkan pembaca.
April (The Steadfast Reader)
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.
Thaer Dieb
Nov 13, 2015 Thaer Dieb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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الكتاب شدني لتتبع تفاصيل عمليات تتسم بالسرية ولها علاقة بالمنطقة التي انتمي اليها, خاصة اني كنت مهتما بمعرفة فيما اذا كان هناك علاقة للمخابرات الاسرائيلية باي من المخابرات العربية
توقعت ان اجد معلومات اكثر دقة واكثر تفصيل الا انه يبدو ولان هذا كتاب عن الجاسوسية فالمعلومات التي فيه لا تريد ان تفصح عن كل شئ
طبعا هناك معلومات كثيرة كانت مفاجئة بالنسبة لي لم اكن اعلم بها من قبل
في البداية احب ان اقول ان اسلوب الكتابة لم يكن جيدا بما فيه الكفاية وكان مشوشا احيانا
من ناحية اخرى مهمة واضح تماما انحياز الك
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Bruce
Jul 12, 2015 Bruce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is less a review than a justification for quitting on page 107 of a slapdash, lazy, and irresponsible 677 page book. Those expecting a measured, evenhanded, thorough, and thus fair approach should try Goodreader Joey's or Jeffrey Otto's reviews. Mine will just be a hatchet job.

Let me give the author of such nonfiction classics (I assume) as Descent Into Danger, They Got Back, and Magdalene: The Woman Who Loved Jesus (among others), to say nothing of the fictional Camp on Blood Island and
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Andres
Sep 26, 2010 Andres rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some interesting stories but very hard to believe all of them. It was also very repetitive in many cases and interest in the chapters wained towards the end.
Marco den Ouden
Aug 02, 2014 Marco den Ouden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes a detailed look, not only at the Israeli spy agency Mossad, but the entire gamut of spy agencies world wide. Some interesting details about the Iraq war and Bush's failed effort to find weapons of mass destruction are particularly telling. The extent of the spying by the NSA is very revealing (and this book came out before Snowden made his revelations). Among other things, the NSA was spying on Princess Diana at the time she died. (Because she was an anti-landmine activist.) They ...more
E.R. Yatscoff
I enjoyed this because it told the good and bad about Mossad. Some real intriguing stuff here I knew about but never got the details. I'm glad some one is out there killing terrorists and dealing with them the way they deserve. It is, however, scary in many ways, the length agencies will go to to protect their political turf. The mainstream media seems to fall for political propaganda so easily via planted stories. Where does one find the truth? It also tells the truth how the CIA is not what it ...more
Jennifer
Sep 26, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a well researched history of the Mossad, but I couldn't keep track of all of the people.
Mallpunk
Jan 14, 2015 Mallpunk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writing in this book leaves a lot to be desired. Especially in the first half (corresponding to the first edition), the author jumps wildly back and forth on the timeline, even within a single paragraph. Most of the time the jumps do nothing to add depth to the current piece of the story - they only make it harder get a clear idea of how the story played out. With few exceptions, it is impossible to tell the difference between verifiable facts and unverified information the author has receiv ...more
Remo
Me compré el libro de rebote hace cuatro días y no he podido parar hasta devorarlo. Está escrito por un periodista británico que se ha dedicado muchos años a escribir sobre Oriente Próximo (Oriente Medio, para los americanos). Este libro es el resultado de una larga serie de entrevistas con altos cargos de varios servicios de inteligencia, en activo y retirados. El hilo conductor son las principales acciones (éxitos y fracasos) de uno de los servicios de inteligencia más temidos y respetados del ...more
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Gordon Thomas (born 1933) is a Welsh author who has written more than fifty books.
Thomas was born in Wales, in a cemetery keeper's cottage where his grandmother lived. He had his first story published at nine years old in a Boy's Own Paper competition. With his father in the RAF, he traveled widely and was educated at the Cairo High School, the Maritz Brothers (in Port Elizabeth, South Africa) and
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