Gideon's Spies: The Inside Story of Israel's Legendary Secret Service The Mossad Paperback – 4 Sep 2014
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About the Author
GORDON THOMAS is a bestselling author of 40 books published worldwide, a number dealing with the intelligence world. His awards include the Citizens Commission for Human Rights Lifetime Achievement Award for Investigative Journalism, the Mark Twain Society Award for Reporting Excellence, and an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Investigation. He lives in Ireland.
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In summary, an uneven and over-long book that could have been improved greatly if it had been proof read.
Inevitably there are flaws. We are told that David Kimche left Oxford University with a Social Science degree in 1968, but not only would he have been thirty or more probably forty at the time, but also Oxford did not have such a degree then. In addition, we are told that he then joined Mossad, but a few pages later that turns out to have been "in the early sixties". Also, the attempted assassination of John Paul II is given a date of May 1981, but a few pages later there is a reference to "only three months before, in February 1983". And he gets the date of the collapse of the Berlin Wall wrong too (a year early).
This is a pity, because the author appears to have done a great amount of detailed research in order to produce a long, interesting and worthy volume. But he is prone to name dropping, and there even seems to be a tendency to self indulgence.
Just makes you wonder how well researched the rest of the book is
That casts doubt on much, to give one example: The book starts with claims Princess Di's chauffeur may or may not have been a low level paid informer for French Security, that may (or may not) have aroused interest of Mossad (Why?). So he may (or may not) have also been an informer for Mossad (although as the author says. probably not!). In ensuing chapters what "may have been" becomes fact leading to another "may have been". By the end of the book, Mossad are the World's experts on the Princess and her death, although with no involvement of their own. Really? Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed would have been a Mossad priority, justifying a team of experts? In any case no rhyme, reason or information is given on the issue.
I was determined to get the end of the book, it was hard work, and I know he's invented too many things to mention here, but where he tells a true story, it's publicly available on the Internet. Hasn't added much, but if you know nothing, you will learn some truth amongst a load of turgid BS, but will you know which is which?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the amount of events covered in this book. Its very well written, one of the best books I have read about Israel and the mossad.Published 5 months ago by Andy
Should be a really interesting story, but is so badly written as to be almost unreadable.Published 5 months ago by Jerome
Very informative account of Mossad as an organisation and of Israel as a nation. The extent the Israeli secret service go to, too achieve their goal is nothing short of mind... Read morePublished 7 months ago by john winters