By Way of Deception

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By Victor Ostrovsky

The making of a Mossad officer is the true story of an officer in Israel's most secret agency. Intelligence agencies should never try to ban books about themselves. Like Peter Wright's Spycatcher (Penguin USA, 1987), which was suppressed in Britain , this book on Israel's legendary spy organization by a former Mossad katsa or case officer has ended up on the New York Times best seller list. Among the controversial revelations that led Israel to seek a ban (which was quickly overturned in the United States and Canada) is Ostrovsky's charge that the Mossad refused to share knowledge of a planned suicide mission in Beirut, resulting in the deaths of 241 U.S. Marines in 1983.

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About the Author

Born in 1949 in Canada, Victor Ostrovsky moved to Israel with his family at age five.
Victor entered the military at the age of eighteen and became the youngest officer in the Israeli Defense Force at the time. Victor rose to rank of a lieutenant commander in the Israeli Navy and served as head of the weapon testing program when he was recruited by Israel's elite intelligence agency, the Mossad. After two and half years of training in the Mossad, victor became a katsa, (case officer.) after serving in the field and becoming aware of the activities of elements within the agency that had more to do with self preservation than the good of the country he left the service. After five years of trying to inform the powers to be with little success he wrote an exposé "By Way Of Deception" that shook the foundations of the agency and is said to have brought about change. Victor has written two more books since, A non fiction "The Other Side Of Deception" and fictional spy novel "Lion Of Judah".

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