A High Price

  • by Daniel Byman
  • Narrated by Luke Truan
  • 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The product of painstaking research and countless interviews, A High Price offers a nuanced, definitive historical account of Israel's bold but often failed efforts to fight terrorist groups. Beginning with the violent border disputes that emerged after Israel's founding in 1948, Daniel Byman charts the rise of Yasser Arafat's Fatah and leftist groups such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine--organizations that ushered in the era of international terrorism epitomized by the 1972 hostage-taking at the Munich Olympics. Byman reveals how Israel fought these groups and others, such as Hamas, in the decades that follow, with particular attention to the grinding and painful struggle during the second intifada. Israel's debacles in Lebanon against groups like the Lebanese Hizballah are examined in-depth, as is the country's problematic response to Jewish terrorist groups that have struck at Arabs and Israelis seeking peace. In surveying Israel's response to terror, the author points to the coups of shadowy Israeli intelligence services, the much-emulated use of defensive measures such as sky marshals on airplanes, and the role of controversial techniques such as targeted killings and the security barrier that separates Israel from Palestinian areas. Equally instructive are the shortcomings that have undermined Israel's counterterrorism goals, including a disregard for long-term planning and a failure to recognize the long-term political repercussions of counterterrorism tactics.


Audible Editor Reviews

Since its inception, Israel has faced a conflict of interest in its approach to counterterrorism: On the one hand it must rebuke security threats and appease its population. At the same time, heavy-handed counterterrorism tactics can be costly and provocative, resulting in what historian Richard A. Clarke terms a "Pyrrhic victory".  In a style he's described as "non-complicated", performer Luke Truan provides a straightforward but eloquent voice for this even-handed account of Israel's war on terror.  A High Price offers meticulous analyses of counterterrorism measures which have in turn been described as omnipotent and inadequate, ruthless but essential.  Along the way, author Daniel Byman surveys the heavy toll on civilian populations - both Israeli and Palestinian - and explores repercussions for other western democracies in their own counterterrorism efforts.


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Very poor narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Change the narrator. His performance was just awful. The constant saying of quote and end of quote is not necessary

What could Daniel Byman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Different narrator

What didn’t you like about Luke Truan’s performance?

Quote / End Quote. It was read like somebody announcing train times

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios