The first time the Mossad came calling, they wanted Victor Ostrovsky for their assassination unit, the kidon. He turned them down. The next time, he agreed to enter the grueling three-year training program to become a katsa, or intelligence case officer, for the legendary Israeli spy organization. By Way of Deception is the explosive chronicle of his experiences in the Mossad, and of two decades of their frightening and often ruthless covert activities around the world. Penetrating far deeper than the bestselling Every Spy a Prince, it is an insider's account of Mossad tactics and exploits. In chilling detail, Ostrovsky asserts that the Mossad refused to share critical knowledge of a planned suicide mission in Beirut, leading to the death of hundreds of U.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Claire Hoy. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 1st by Wilshire Press Inc. More Details Original Title. Victor Ostrovsky. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 04, Mark Colenutt rated it it was amazing. Israel's Mossad is regarded as the best in the world, which may not be a flattering remark when you discover what they get up to and how their dynamics work. Don't forget, this is not a democratic organisation and it is the creator of its own claustrophobic trappings.
Once you enter you can never leave, but that is precisely what this writer did, and then he went on to write about it in an international bestseller. Not very secret now. The reader is taken on a no-holds-barred journey through the secret service from initiation right through operations until the author's eventual exit from the force.
With such an organisation standing behind the seat of power, it does make you question who is pulling the strings and how such a group can be tamed by mere political decisions. Governments change; secret services stay put and have no intention of leaving. Certain elements from this book have also appeared in Brad Pitt's CIA training sequence in the film 'Spy Game' and this book was written with a democratic purpose and that was to get the truth out despite his life being on the line.
For that alone it is worthy of being read and recommended. On finishing the read and reflecting on the book your last question must be, that's the Mossad now what about the secret service in my country? If you don't ask yourself this then you have understood nothing about what the book is really trying to say.
Jun 09, Stephen rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction , conspiracies-and-weird-science , , ebooks , spy-stuff. Some parts of this book were really fascinating. You could tell that these sections were certainly written by someone who knew what they were talking about. While the "operational" sections were also interesting, I found my enjoyment was hindered by my inability to be certain of the accuracy of the accounts in this section. Even so, it was still 2.
View 1 comment. Jan 27, Rachel rated it liked it. This is a troubling book. Form the picture he paints, it seems that many international crises of the s and 80s involved the Mossad to a much greater extent than anyone — even the Israeli government — was ever awa This is a troubling book. Form the picture he paints, it seems that many international crises of the s and 80s involved the Mossad to a much greater extent than anyone — even the Israeli government — was ever aware.
That the book is 20 years out of date gives it far less a sense of urgency than it probably once had. Now the book reads more like a history text. Whether Ostrovsky is an entirely reliable narrator is up for debate. For one thing, he reiterates repeatedly that those who have gone through the same training with him have learned never to tell the entire truth, or to tell a straight story.
It thus becomes quite difficult to determine the accuracy of his accounts, especially since there is no real way to verify the information unless you are a Mossad agent — and even then, it seems that the information may be compromised or manipulated.
Though he claims to want to help Israel by revealing this information, it seems that most readers would use this text as further fodder for anger or hatred, rather than for any positive purpose.
Ostrovsky does not conclude the narrative with any sort of overarching theme or message — he just sort of stops relating anecdotes when he catches up with the present. If what Ostrovsky relates in this book is at all true, it would be nice to see some sort of oversight imposed upon the erratic and surreptitious Mossad.
I have to wonder, then, whether Ostrovsky is instead using this narrative as a platform for boasting, for showing off, for letting everyone know how much he knows, and that he was sufficiently strong-willed not to get roped into the group-think that has become a danger to the political health of the Mossad. I learned quite a bit about the international political climate in the s and 80s, and was fascinated to learn how such a small organization can accomplish so much.
Ostrovsky, Victor and Claire Hoy. By Way of Deception. New York, NY: St. It only took me 6 years to finish! I still ask myself why. The first part of the book is riveting. I blew through it. It's all about Ostrovsky's training as a Mossad officer. Many of these took place in the s. For some reason, I started to lose interest in Part 2 and eventually put the book down. I think I lost interest because it's difficult to track all the people and places involved, especially since these people are no It only took me 6 years to finish!
I think I lost interest because it's difficult to track all the people and places involved, especially since these people are no longer in the news. The final chapters are actually pretty interesting as they detail some pretty intense and deceptive Mossad operations.
Again, there are many names and places the average reader won't recognize, and they are usually only relevant for one chapter. So it's tough to keep everything straight. Nevertheless, still interesting reading. The biggest takeaway from this book is that the Mossad is a powerful intelligence agency that has international reach and will stop at nothing to further the interests of Israel.
View 2 comments. The book is thrilling but to what extend it is true It is meant to be an insider account of the most reputed spy agency in the modern world, the author being an expelled cadet of the agency. Any experiment in the history of nation building will always be wrapped in colourful packaging of heritage, deeds of heroes from time immemorial, stories of valour, destiny and so on.
So was the modern state of Israel. The book, while giving an interesting view of the life of a cadet in The book is thrilling but to what extend it is true The book, while giving an interesting view of the life of a cadet in Mossad, also provides a commentary of Israel from the engaging years under Golda Meir and Begin.
It could be read like a thriller. I feel it should be treated like one too Jan 30, Nayden Kostov rated it really liked it. It was one of the first insights in this secret world.
Full of details, relatively interesting read. This is my third book on Mossad, and the whole point of picking it up was to have an alternate view on the agency and how it operates because the other two read like James Bond version of the daring operations. However, the writing was so flat that my interest in the book got lower by the chapter to a point where I just wanted to be done with it.
Shelves: political-social-science. In part this book is an autobiography of the author, for several years an officer in the Israeli Mossad, in part it is a history of that intelligence agency for the years of his participation in it, in part it is a critique of the Israeli governmental system which allows its primary intelligence arm to operate without civilian oversight and often contrary to the will of elected officials.
That Ostrovsky was a Mossad officer is not in question. The government of Israel attempted to have this book In part this book is an autobiography of the author, for several years an officer in the Israeli Mossad, in part it is a history of that intelligence agency for the years of his participation in it, in part it is a critique of the Israeli governmental system which allows its primary intelligence arm to operate without civilian oversight and often contrary to the will of elected officials.
What Did Mossad Know, and When?
In two businessmen, one British and one Canadian, flew to Tehran. From the airport they went to their hotel and after they settled in to their rooms, they took a taxi to a meeting with representatives of an Iranian company. When they returned to their hotel they took out a shortwave radio set and listened to a brief transmission. The two men were not really businessmen but Mossad agents under assumed identities, on a secret mission. The radio set enabled them to receive encoded transmissions from Mossad headquarters in Tel Aviv.
A Bestseller, by Way of Deception?
In , Victor Ostrovsky wrote By Way of Deception, which contained convincing tidbits about Mossad recruitment methods and operations. How much was true could not easily be determined, but some Israelis close to Mossad were very unhappy that it had been published. Now the author says that the present book is part of an effort to discredit a right-wing faction within Mossad and was done in cooperation with a moderate Mossad faction with whom he was in touch since his supposed departure from the spy agency in Why should anyone believe that this book is any more genuine than the previous one? It suffers from some of the same flaws: extensive quotations of conversations based on memory and, supposedly, notes. It attributes enormous power to Mossad, along with a total lack of moral scruples and political control.
By Way of Deception, by Victor Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy
Lost your password? Please enter your username or email address. You will receive a link to create a new password via email. By Way of Deception. The book has sold some , copies, its authors have been interviewed around the world, and its message—Israel is evil and no friend of America—has spread.
By Way of Deception: The Making of a Mossad Officer
Victor Ostrovsky, the former Israeli intelligence officer, has certainly revised one literary maxim: it is a far, far better thing to be banned in New York than to be banned in Boston. Dontzin convened his court at 1 A. The Government of Israel, doubtless prodded by Mossad, the intelligence agency that formerly employed Mr. Ostrovsky, had accomplished in just a few moments, albeit at an odd hour for judicial decision, what the publicists for St.