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Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response Hardcover – 20 Dec 2005

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (20 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400064279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400064274
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Aaron J. Klein is Time magazine's Military and Intelligence Affairs correspondent in the Jerusalem Bureau. He was the recipient of 2002 Henry Luce Award and has been a consultant for CNN. Klein was the military/security correspondent and analyst for Hadashot and Al-Hamishmar, two of Israel's leading national newspapers. He is a contributor to Malam, the journal for former IDF Intelligence, Mossad and Inernal Security Agency officers. He teaches at Hebrew University and is a Captain in the IDF's Intelligence.

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Format: Hardcover
After reading an article in the Sunday Times Magazine about the 1972 Munich Olympics, and the Israelis response to the events that took place, I bought this book with a hunger for further information (I hadn't been born in '72). I wasn't disappointed. It seems that Aaron Klein did his research before putting pen to paper. His accounts are not disputed. My only critisism is that the book is generally biased, and attempts to make heroes out of cold blooded murderers. Having said that, 5 stars plus - I couldn't put it down.
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The high rating for this book is for its ability to convey a large number of well researched facts without adding personal judgment and opinions and being a captivating read at the same time.

The coverage of the Munich Olympics was especially interesting.

I disagree with one of the comments made about the Israeli operatives being presented as heroes, while the book doesn't condemn them it doesn't attempt to judge them at all. It only presents the facts leaving it to the reader to judge for himself.
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If you don't know the story of how Golda Meir and the Israeli Secret Service reacted after the Munich Massacre of some of their athletes & officials, then this book is a 5-star read. Even knowing most of what happened and having already seen Steven Spielberg's excellent film, Munich, I was engrossed in the book. There are some slight differences between this book and Spielberg's film, and I'm certainly not qualified to advise which is the most accurate, but this is a fascinating read about a tragic story all round.
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If you've seen One Day in September, this book will only be at most about 50% interesting, as the remainder is the same as that. I had hoped that more of the book was about the response to Munich; unfortunately about half the book describes the Munich massacre etc., and only the remainder describes the response to it.

If you've not seen that film, then this is a pretty well written narrative along with some "behind the scenes" details, presumably from ex-Mossad agents, although at the the very end of the book Klein admits that he changes "minor details" for "dramatic effect" - so you're left wondering just how much is true and how much has been buttered up.

One last thing - this Kindle version doesn't appear to have chapter marks so be prepared to add in bookmarks manually if you want to skip between chapters.
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