THE MAKING AND UNMAKING □ F A M □ S S AD OFFICER VICTOR OSTROVSKY CLAIR E. H O Y This electronic version of “By Way of Deception,” has. By Way of Deception has ratings and 99 reviews. This book is very critical of the Mossad and Victor Ostrovsky is considered a criminal in Israel. [“By way of deception shall you Conquer.” — Mossad’s motto. Victor Ostrovsky was a career Mossad agent. He left Israel’s secret police agency and returned to .
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Return to Book Page. By Way of Deception: By Way of Deception is the true story of an officer in Israel’s most secret agency: Paperbackpages. Published January 1st by Wilshire Press Inc. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about By Way of Deceptionplease sign up. How can read this book online?
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By Way of Deception: The Making of a Mossad Officer by Victor Ostrovsky
Lists with This Book. 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 dceeption 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 vuctor 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 decwption 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 Wayy Pitt’s CIA training sequence in the film ‘Spy Game’ and this book was written with a democratic purpose and that was to vvictor the truth out despite his life being on the line.
Oztrovsky 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: 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.
By Way of Deception: The Making of a Mossad Officer
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.
Even so, it was still an ostrovwky read and I plan to read the second book by Ostrovsky, The Other Side of Deception: 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. 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. 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 people and places involved, especially since these people are no long It only took me 6 years to finish!
I think I lost interest because it’s difficult to track all 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.
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. Oct 06, Khaled Talib rated it liked it Shelves: My American editor gave it to me on my birthday because she thought being an Arab I might be interested to read it.
I was a magazine journalist back then. I found Ostrovsky’s book interesting, and an eye-opener. To be honest, I am surprised he lived to tell the tale. In many ways, this book inspired some of the background research for my thriller novel, Smokescreen, an espionage tale about Singapore’s relationship with Israel. The author’s title itself gave me ideas. Years later, I found myself wo My American editor gave it to me on my birthday because she thought being an Arab I might be interested to read it.
Years later, I found myself working for a magazine in Cairo, Egypt.
By Way of Deception – Wikipedia
So books like these, and my own personal experience, added to the culmination of my own novel. 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 viftor 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 ot 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, ostrovs,y 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.
The government of Israel attempted to have this book gictor. The details of the book are. If true, then the Mossad, like our own C.
If true, the the Mossad has operatives spying within the United States; has torpedoed Israeli-Palestinian peace accords on several decepttion has actively promoted international conflicts, often supplying both sides with dis information and weapons; conducts assassinations regularly, often with little regard for innocent bystanders; manipulates the intelligence agencies of other countries, including our own; manipulates Israeli domestic politics to insure right-wing support in its executive branch; resells military supplies from the U.
Naturally, the book is a page-turner. Notable is Ostrovsky’s account deeption the Mossad’s understanding of the assassination of President Kennedy. Yet, despite all the dirt which led to the author leaving the agency, his account is not entirely negative and is substantially a call to put the Israeli intelligence community under governmental oversight and control.
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