A true account? I wonder what was the reaction of retired Mossad agents would have been when this book was published. I would imagine that Spielberg's movie, based on this book, was heavily fictionalized.
I've just finished the book. I was interested to read it after watching "Munich" based on the book. The book's tone is quite different from the Spilbergian movie. It is much less about heroism and much more about the bureaucratic system and the treatment of its foot soldiers, and the indoctrination of those soldiers centered on the siege mentality. Considering the permanent state of war with the neighbouring states and the constant terrorist attacks, Israeli siege mentality is quite understandable. The ending leaves many unanswered questions. It also leaves unanswered the main question Avner grapples with - considering that his vengeful actions hurt him, his family, his friends and their families in the process, were they worth it?
Vengeance --- by George Jonas. This is a real page turner, hard to put down. Five newly minted agents are unleashed by Israel’s Mosad with a shopping list of twelve Arab terrorists to be eliminated. Sounds like the recipe for great fiction, right? Well yes, except that this book isn’t fiction; it’s a story of what really happened. Sounds like great material for a movie and according to the front cover blurb this book was the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s “Munich”. Add this one to you “must read” list.
I read this after watching Spielberg's Munich and was very impressed. The amount of research done by Jones to verify the accuracy of the account made to him by "Avner" is remarkable. This book helped me see the complexity and history of modern espionage, terrorism, Israel, and the horror of unintentional consequences. A fascinating read.
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