Striking Back

  • by Aaron J. Klein
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

1972. The Munich Olympics. Palestinian members of the Black September group murder 11 Israeli athletes. Nine hundred million people watch the crisis unfold on television, witnessing a tragedy that inaugurates the modern age of terror. 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 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.
In this riveting account, Aaron Klein peels back the layers of myth and misinformation about the "shadow war" against Black September and other terrorist groups.


What the Critics Say

Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction, Unabridged, 2007


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Customer Reviews

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Very, very good book. When researched.

I picked up this audiobook when I saw the previews for the movie "Munich". (I've not yet seen the movie)

It's packed with details and really does grab your interest. On the basis of entertainment value I give this book five stars. I'd definitely recommend it.

I took off a star because it is somewhat biased. While it is written in the tone and manner of a journalistic research book (lots of facts, dates, times, references and quotes to specific interviews) it is written from an Israeli perspective. While it does relate many details that negatively reflect on some of the actions taken by the Mossad, it is easy to see the writer has a bias. When the Mossad ordered a killing it is a "counter-terrorism mission, when it is a Palestinian killing it is called terrorism.

Again, I do not say that the author condones/condemns the Mossad, it's just that the book was not researched from a balanced Israeli/Palestinian perspective.

I'd really be interested in reading (listening) to a book detailing the same subject but from the Palestinian perspective. I think they balance would be great and that would help me make my mind up for myself.

All in all great book if you're interested in the subject.
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- Roadrunner At Large

History of the Israeli Secret Service

This is less a story of the Munich Massacre, than of the Israeli hunt for those involved in that event. Having just listened to the CIA history, Legacy of Ashes, the difference between the two secret services is striking. While the author notes that mistakes were made, and questions whether the assassinations made any difference, the Mossad at least had the appearance of competence, unlike the CIA.

The recording is very good. While I cannot vouch that all of the foreign names were properly pronouced, Mr. Rudnicki did a credible job; is there anything that he can't read? I think I would listen to him reading a phone book!

In all, I enjoyed the book. It is very specific regarding names places and dates, so its it good for those who enjoy history. The pacing is good. It is written from an Israeli standpoint, but is fairly balanced, noting the mistakes that were made and some of the motivations involved. I found it a fascinating listen.
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- Jody R. Nathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-20-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.