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The Assassination of Robert Maxwell: Israel's Superspy Paperback – 28 May 2003

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; New edition edition (28 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861056427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861056429
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon Thomas is an experienced author whose work includes fiction (Godless Icon) and non-fiction (The Jesus Conspiracy, Gideon's Spies). Martin Dillon is recognised for non-fiction (The Shankill Butchers, God and the Gun.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sabretache on 12 April 2008
Format: Paperback
Like any documentary seeking the mantle of 'The 'Definitive Untold Story' there is a wealth of good solid factual information about Maxwell's personality, business dealings and his dangerous relationships with various security services. But, make no mistake, if neither accident nor suicide make convincing 'for public consumption' verdicts on his death (and of course they don't), then the central allegation of this book - that he was assassinated by Mossad - is the verdict that Britain's own security service, MI6, are happy (at the very least) not to obstruct or deny.

Why? - damage limitation. It is as good a way as any of both muddying the waters and diverting attention from substantial evidence that it was in fact MI6 who had Maxwell killed. A book review is not the place to marshall such evidence but careful Googling of 'Georgi Markov + Mercia MacDermott', together the rhetorical question "which security service do the surviving Maxwells really fear?" should lead you to place this book in its proper category - 'expert, officially sanctioned disinformation'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 16 July 2012
Format: Paperback
The thesis of this book is that Robert Maxwell was a spy for Mossad and that he was so desperate for about £400 million to shore up his enterprise, that he had recklessly over extended, that he blackmailed Mossad and they killed him rather than lend him or provide the £400M. There is a secondary thesis that Maxwell had become so erratic and Mossad saw him as a liability to be removed. We are not told what information Maxwell threatened to reveal. This fatally undermines the book.

The thesis is interesting but not very likely. The authors use every trick they can muster to make it sound credible, but they fail. I found the whole tale utterly unconvincing. Maxwell could easily have used Mossad contacts and information to place massive pressure on Bankers to lend money - after all, he was a known bully who did not take prisoners. He may have gone further, pressurizing Mossad to help directly, but Maxwell would know that Mossad is not the kind of organization that takes kindly to blackmail. Any blackmail attempt by Maxwell would be effectively countered by a threat to immediately pull the rug from under Maxwell's banking arrangements and if necessary a threat to ruin or kill Maxwell or members of his family. Threats that Mossad could very credibly make. Why bother to actually kill him?

You are left with the idea that the authors believed Mossad killed Maxwell but had absolutely no idea why. It's hard to justify an allegation of assassination without providing a credible motive. I don't think a shred of credible evidence is offered in this book to support the central thesis.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
To quote a line from the Notes & Documents section - "I had no illusions about his character but I had an admiration for his success ...". Finally, a book that sets out not to cast further criticism over Maxwell's international dealings (in my opinion, this is left to the reader) but to set the record straight. Taking the authors at their word, the book appears to have been extensively and authoratively researched. Maxwell, a fascinating character from modern history deserves to be remembered for his unrelenting support of Israel, for his ability to construct one of the most world's most far reaching and tangled business empires, but also for his humanity and the mistakes that so many of us are capable of making from time to time. I hope this becomes one of the authoritative studies into Maxwell's history. Anyone with an interest in international business, the break up of the FSU and the intertwined roles of intelligence and commerce should buy this. You will not be disappointed. On a final note, for me, the character and strength of Betty Maxwell will stand out forever.
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As someone who lived through the Maxwell scandal, I wanted to read at a distance what it was all about. I was staggered. This is a very full description of the the rise and fall of Captain Bob, and in particular his connection to various security services. I have got to say I never realized just how deeply his involvement was with Mossad. You really could not make this stuff up. The book is difficult to read, and to really enjoy it, give it time, get a notebook and make sure you really know who everyone is. There are many companies, personalities, agencies, etc to get your brain around. but it is a real eye opener. I loved it, and am glad I read it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 May 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a truely gripping book, it gives a good insight into Maxwells ego and his search for power and megawealth, and his eventual downfall together with his involvement with the East European Mafia.
Well written and once you start its hard to put down.
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By T. KELLY on 13 Dec. 2014
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I enjoyed this book so much I have got copies for my mates to read. If you lived through the 80s and Maxwell this is a fascinating book. It's not available new anymore but many sellers have copies.
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