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Israel's Secret Wars: A History of Israel's Intelligence Services

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This is the first documented, comprehensive history of all three of Israel's intelligence services, from their origins in the 1930s, through Israel's five wars, up to the present, with a new chapter updating the book through the Gulf War. Highly readable and exhaustively researched, it provides the most balanced view yet of this controversial subject.
Paperback, 634 pages
Published March 21st 1994 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 1991)
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Apr 05, 2011 Valeria rated it really liked it
Only read this if you truly just want information pertaining to the history of the Israeli Secret Services: Shin-Bet, Aman and Mossad.

The book is a wealth of historical information, but no direct story line.
Aug 03, 2011 Muhammad rated it really liked it
Israel's Secret Wars: A History of Israel's Intelligence Services was a required reading during my studies in RSIS for the Intelligence and National Security Module (S6206). The book was first published back in 1991 but revised in 1994 to include intelligence operations that happened during Operation Desert Storm. The work chronicles the extent and functions of all three Israeli intelligence agencies; namely Military Intelligence (Amman), Domestic Intelligence (Shin Bet) and Foreign Intelligence ...more
Ravi Raj
Sep 18, 2015 Ravi Raj rated it really liked it
Be ready to get lost in a sea of information. An over load of various operations involving Shin Bet, Aman & Mossad. Ian Black even touched down on the political aspects briefly.

I started reading it without much knowledge on the background on the political struggle that lead to the creation of Israel. The plot was convoluted for me. Would advice readers to understand the history of Israel & its relations with it neighbours before starting the book
Mar 19, 2014 James rated it liked it
More complete than readable.

But it's incredibly complete.

If you know what you're looking for, the index will lead you right. If you don't, it's a sea of information without a particular narrative or thesis.
Jul 25, 2013 Quincy rated it it was ok
An interesting book. Informative. Inside look at the greatest agitators of the Middle East. Written by the detestable Benny Morris. Written with the moral fortitude of a sea slug.
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Jan 11, 2009 Nick Black marked it as to-read
Bought this a long time ago, but never read it.
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