Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Awards 5 Stars to ‘Spies Against Armageddon’

The new world of on-line book sales leads to pleasant surprises for readers, such as BN.com and Amazon.com both discounting the price of the paperback of Spies Against Armageddon – the new history of Israeli espionage and security from 1948 to the crises of today.

Spies Against Armageddon, israel spy, covert operations, dan raviv, yossi melmanIt’s now on sale for $11.00, and the e-book on all sites and devices is even more affordable: typically $8.19.

Some of the key subjects, including whether Israel’s air force might attack Iran — and what Israel has already been doing covertly inside Iran — are in the headlines right now, around the world.

The latest reviews posted at Amazon.com (most giving the book a maximum 5-star rating) include one by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and memoirist, Kai Bird — an American writer, living abroad, who is now working on a biography of the CIA’s top man in the Middle East in the 1980s, Robert Ames.   Here are some recent reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars  An invaluable contribution, By Kai Bird (Kathmandu, Nepal) – See all my reviews  Raviv and Melman have written a wonderful history of Mossad. It reads like a thriller, but conveys a thorough history of the Israeli intelligence agency. The story is told through eyes sympathetic to the Israeli narrative, but the authors do not hesitate to write critically about Mossad’s mistakes, bungles and misjudgments. Their sources are wide and deep. It is astonishing how many old spies have agreed to divulge their stories to Raviv and Melman. The book is extremely timely, not only for its discussion of Mossad’s on-going attempt to derail the Iranian nuclear project, but also for the light the authors shed on Mossad’s operations against Lebanon’s Hezbollah. The book is an invaluable contribution to the literature on intelligence.–Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis.


5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read, By Claude Fletcher (Kingstown, St Vincent & The Grenadines) – See all my reviews

This is an extremely well researched and well written book. I am very surprised that the writers had access to such detailed and obviously secret material. The writing is exceptional, it just gets more and more exciting. One would be hard pressed not to think this was fiction. I learned so much from this experience.


5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!, By daniel michael – See all my reviews
An absolutely incredible book. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in Israeli history and/or espionage in general. Very well researched and filled with great stories. Although this book is non-fiction, it is written in a very entertaining narrative that will surely keep you interested. Despite the book being over 350 pages, it goes by very quickly (I read it in a weekend). The book is split up into chapters, all covering different themes and periods of history; it makes it very easy to stay focussed and aware of everything going on.

As someone already familiar with the history of the Mossad, this book contained tons of stuff I had never heard about before. Regardless of your familiarity with the various Israel intelligence services, the book is sure to contain new information for you. Although I suspect that this book will more popular with Zionists, it really is accessible and made for everyone. No bias – no hidden agenda – just the history of the Mossad (or at least what has been accessible to the outside world).

October 1, 2012

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