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352 pages based on unsubstantiated speculation,
This review is from: The Assassination of Robert Maxwell: Israel's Superspy (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.