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Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response

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The first full account, based on access to key players who have never before spoken, of the Munich Massacre and the Israeli response–a lethal, top secret, thirty-year-long antiterrorism campaign to track down the killers.

1972. The Munich Olympics. Palestinian members of the Black September group murder eleven Israeli athletes. Nine hundred million people watch the crisis unfold on television, witnessing a tragedy that inaugurates the modern age of terror and remains a scar on the collective conscience of the world.

Back in Israel, Prime Minister Golda Meir vows to track down those responsible and, in Menachem Begin’s words, “run these criminals and murderers off the face of the earth.” A secret Mossad unit, code named Caesarea, is mobilized, a list of targets drawn up. Thus begins the Israeli response–a mission that unfolds not over months but over decades. The Mossad has never spoken about this operation. No one has known the real story. Until now.

Award-winning journalist Aaron Klein’s incisive and riveting account tells for the first time the full story of Munich and the Israeli counterterrorism operation it spawned. With unprecedented access to Mossad agents and an unparalleled knowledge of Israeli intelligence, Klein peels back the layers of myth and misinformation that have permeated previous books, films, and magazine articles about the “shadow war” against Black September and other terrorist groups.

Spycraft, secret diplomacy, and fierce detective work abound in a story with more drama than any fictional thriller. Burning questions are at last answered, including who was killed and who was not, how it was done, which targets were hit and which were missed. Truths are revealed: the degree to which the Mossad targeted nonaffiliated Black September terrorists for assassination, the length and full scope of the operation (far greater than previously suspected), retributive acts against Israel, and much more.

Finally, Klein shows that the Israeli response to Munich was not simply about revenge, as is popularly believed. By illuminating the tactical and strategic purposes of the Israeli operation, Striking Back allows us to draw profoundly relevant lessons from one of the most important counterterrorism campaigns in history.

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Synopsis:

This is a thriller, a page-turner, a probing look into the inner workings of the assassination squads that Israel mobilized after the Munich massacre.

David K. Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning

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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Product Details

ISBN:
9781588365866
Subtitle:
The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response
Publisher:
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Creator:
Aaron J. Klein
Author:
Klein, Aaron J.
Author:
Ginsburg, Mitch
Author:
Aaron J. Klein
Author:
Mitch Ginsburg
Subject:
History-Europe - General
Subject:
History : Europe - General
Subject:
Sports & Recreation : Olympics
Subject:
History : Middle East - Israel
Subject:
Political Science : Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Olympics
Subject:
Middle East - Israel
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Audio Books-World History
Subject:
Sociology-Violence in Society
Subject:
World History-Israel
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Olympics
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070109
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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History and Social Science » Sociology » Violence in Society
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
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Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response
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"Synopsis" by , This is a thriller, a page-turner, a probing look into the inner workings of the assassination squads that Israel mobilized after the Munich massacre.

David K. Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning

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