• Striking Back

  • The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response
  • By: Aaron J. Klein
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-20-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (584 ratings)

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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.
©2005 Aaron J. Klein (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction, Unabridged, 2007
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jody R. Nathan on 01-09-08

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Doug on 09-05-06


This tale is like a real-life James Bond story without the silly stuff. Justice is applied violently (and sometimes erroneously) as the reader rollercoasts through two decades of Israeli-Arab conflicts. I could barely turn off the recording, doing so only when I had to. I let a friend listen to it (he is not big on audiobooks) and he was enthralled. Can you tell I liked it? One of the best I have heard. You do need some working knowledge of current affairs of the latter 20th century though. The quality of the narration is also superb.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ali on 11-13-12

Something of a let down

For a book called Striking Back I am surpised to say when the book focused on the Mossad assassinations it lossed its narrative cohesion. By contrast the first third of book about the Munich Massacre is superb and you can really tell that Klein is passionate about the subject.

All in all good but not great, might have been four star if Rudnicki's narration hadn't started to sound like he was bored of the book around half way through.

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2 out of 5 stars
By G on 03-21-14

not balanced at all

This is completely one-sided. It is a glorification of the Israeli secret services of the nineteen-seventies (referred to as "warriors" and "combatants"). The Palestinian opposition is portrayed as vainglorious and hateful. Third parties like France and Germany are depicted as cowardly. The notion that extra-judicial killings carried out in other sovereign nations might be wrong does not seem to cross the author's mind.

So, if you like the idea of a biased historical account of how teams of hitmen went around killing opponents, with all the planning, build-up, and execution of operations involved, you'll like this.

Actually, I quite enjoyed it.

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