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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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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- Ali

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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- G

Book Details

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