Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel’s Deadly Response

By Aaron J. Klein
Translated by Mitch Ginsburg
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

7.67 Hours 12/01/2005 unabridged
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1972. The Munich Olympics. Palestinian members of the Black September group murder eleven 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 layers of myth and misinformation about the “shadow war” against Black September and other terrorist groups.

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1972. The Munich Olympics. Palestinian members of the Black September group murder eleven 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 layers of myth and misinformation about the “shadow war” against Black September and other terrorist groups.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is a thriller, a page-turner, a probing look into the inner workings of the assassination squads that Israel mobilized after the Munich massacre.” David K. Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Arab and Jew
“Gratitude is due to Mr. Klein for his painstaking…book, the best one could possibly hope for.” Wall Street Journal
“Told in remarkable detail…Klein’s account is well researched and highly valuable…a necessary read for anyone interested in Israeli history and politics as well as the birth of modern counter-terrorism.” Publishers Weekly
“A real thriller that will unnerve as much as it captivates.” Rocky Mountain News
“Gut-wrenching…offers new insights and a surprisingly objective and candid examination…Rudnicki reads with palpable revulsion at the bungling and indifference of the German government…[his] voice percolates with outrage and disbelief when Klein reveals how Israel’s longstanding campaign for revenge has at times resulted in the deaths of innocent people.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Aaron J. Klein

Aaron J. Klein is Time magazine’s military and intelligence affairs correspondent in the Jerusalem bureau. He received the 2002 Henry Luce Award and has been a consultant for CNN. Klein was the military-security correspondent and analyst for Hadashot and Al-Hamishmar, two of Israel’s leading national newspapers. He teaches at Hebrew University and is a captain in the Israeli Defense Forces’ Intelligence.

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Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 7.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English