|Every Spy a Prince: The Complete History of Israel's Intelligence Community|
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|Author(s)||Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman|
History[edit | edit source]
In 1989, it was published in the United Kingdom as The Imperfect Spies: The History of Israeli Intelligence. The book was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 12 weeks (August 12, 1990 - October 28). The title of the book comes from the Book of Numbers:"The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Send men that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I give to the children of Israel; of every tribe of their fathers shall you send a man, everyone one a prince among them."(Numbers 13:1-2)
Critical acclaim[edit | edit source]
A The New York Times book review called it an "utterly fascinating account of Israeli intelligence." The critic said that the book suffered from the "kitchen-sink syndrome." Despite the fact that "many of the adventures recounted here have been told before," he concluded that the book broke "substantial new ground." In a later review, Herbert Mitgang found it "a detailed though rambling look at Israel's intelligence community as it has developed since the founding of the Jewish state." In Foreign Affairs, John C. Campbell described it as "investigative journalism of the first rank. It gives the most expansive account yet of the Mossad..." Writer Daniel Pipes praised the book for sticking to sober prose, providing appropriate context for the activities described, and most importantly, for making "serious efforts to reach a balanced assessment of Israel's spies."
See also[edit | edit source]
- Israel's Secret Wars: A History of Israel's Intelligence Services
- By Way of Deception: The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer
References[edit | edit source]
- "Adult New York Times Best Seller Lists for 1990". Hawes Publications. http://www.hawes.com/1990/1990.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
- Raviv, Dan; Melman, Yossi (1990). Every Spy a Prince. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 0-395-58120-6.
- Wise, David (1990-07-08). "Israel Is Watching". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE2DF163EF93BA35754C0A966958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
- Mitgang, Herbert (1990-07-14). "Books of The Times; Israel's Master Spies: A Legend, With Lapses". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE5DD113AF937A25754C0A966958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
- Campbell, John C. (Fall 1990). "Book Review: Every Spy A Prince". Foreign Affairs. http://www.foreignaffairs.org/19900901fabook7271/dan-ravin-yossi-melman/every-spy-a-prince-the-complete-history-of-israel-s-intelligence-community.html. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
- "Review of Every Spy a Prince". Orbis (Danielpipes.org). Winter 1991. http://www.danielpipes.org/516/every-spy-a-prince-the-complete-history-of-israels. Retrieved 2009-03-02.