Jonas, George. Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. [pb]
According to King, NIPQ 22.4 (Sep. 2006), the leader of the five Israelis sent to avenge the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre has given his account of the operation to Canadian journalist Jonas. The book "takes the reader into the world of espionage, terrorism and political murder -- and technique." This "is an important and well-written account."
Klein, Aaron J. Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response. New York: Random House, 2005.
The Publishers Weekly reviewer (via Amazon.com) finds that "Klein's account is well researched and highly valuable.... [W]hile the episodic structure he employs becomes repetitive, it is nevertheless a necessary read for anyone interested in Israeli history and politics as well as the birth of modern counter-terrorism." According to Associated Press, "Book Details Mossad's Chocolate Assassination," 6 May 2006, the author says that Mossad killed Wadia Haddad, an operative of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, in Baghdad by feeding him poisoned Belgian chocolate over a period of six months. Haddad died in March 1978.
Tinnin, David B., and Dag Christensen. The Hit Team. Boston: Little, Brown, 1976. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1976. New York: Dell, 1977. [pb]
For Pforzheimer, this is "a highly readable journalistic documentary of an Israeli 'hit team' operation in Norway in 1973." The Israeli retaliation operation was directed against the Black September terrorist movement, following the killing of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich. It had killed 12 terrorists but botched the hit in Norway, killing the wrong person. "Not much more than the tip of the iceberg of the operation really comes through." There are "some factual errors." Constantinides advises caution in reading this account. In particular, there "are facts included that are seemingly sensational and difficult to verify, not to speak of the difficulty of visualizing how the authors could have acquired them."
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