A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice
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|Format:||Hardback, 272 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 26 May 2011|
In July 1973, a gunman stepped from behind a tree and fired five shots, point blank, into Josef Alon, the kind, unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot. Sixteen year old Fred Burton was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a pilot and family man - he was a high-ranking Mossad agent. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. Then, in 2007, now CIA agent Fred Burton reopened the case and successfully pursued the killer, bringing closure to a traumatized family. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed history spans several fraught decades and ultimately sheds new light on how the United States and Israel have tested their loyalties in a relentlessly hostile world. In its portrait of how power is used, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder, Spy Wars is a gripping tale of agents, double agents, terrorists and heroes as he chases leads around the globe and finally solves this decades-old murder.
Table of Contents
The Long Pursuit The Crime The Lion of Hatzor The Investigation Begins Dvora's Quest Conspiracy Theory Rolling Thunder Stealing the MiG-21 The Bear's Black Eye The Fate of the Evidence The Suspect List Origins of Terror The Birth of Black September The Shadow War Begins Unbridled Vengeance Coming into Focus The CIA's Involvement Tracking the Killers Epilogue Acknowledgements Timeline Notes Bibliography Index
About the Author
Fred Burton is one of the world's foremost experts on security, terrorists, and terrorist organizations. He was deputy chief of the Counterterrorism Division of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service and is currently a vice president at Stratfor, a global intelligence agency known as the 'shadow CIA.' He is the author of Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent and has appeared on the Daily Show, Glenn Beck and Anderson Cooper 360, and on Fox, ABC, and CBS radio. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, among others. He lives in Austin, TX. John Bruning is a military historian and the co-author of House to House. He lives in Independence, Oregon.
'This book represents an extraordinary history of Fred Burton's determined pursuit of justice in the unsolved case of a murder in his hometown when he was a teenager. It demonstrates the uses and abuses of international power and how international loyalties are bought and sold. The story is told in the manner of political thriller with all the twists and turns one would expect. It is constructed and written to draw the reader in and who will inevitably find it difficult to put down.' - Defence Viewpoints, UK Defence Forum Review for Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Expert: 'With spy thriller suspense and the clarity of a police report, former special agent Burton's State Department saga reads like a brewing-storm prequel to the current 'war on terror.' - Publishers Weekly 'This book reads like a le Carre spy novel...Shorn of ideological rights and wrongs, it's a fascinating look at what counterterrorism really means on a day-to-day level.' - Booklist
|Publisher: ||Palgrave Macmillan|
|Dimensions: ||24.05 x 16.38 x 2.44 centimeters (0.44 kg)|