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

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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 the layers of myth and misinformation about the “shadow war” against Black September and other terrorist groups.

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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.



Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile's Golden Voices in 2012.

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STRIKING BACK is a gut-wrenching examination of the 1972 Munich Olympics, in which 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by Palestinian members of the Black September terrorist group. It offers new insights and a surprisingly objective and candid examination of Israel's efforts to eliminate the perpetrators of this tragedy. Stefan Rudnicki's narration accentuates Aaron Klein's riveting text. When discussing the events in Munich, Rudnicki reads with palpable revulsion at the bungling and indifference of the German government before, during, and after the massacre. Changing gears, Rudnicki's 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. D.J.S. 2007 Audies Award Finalist © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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