Quest for the Red Prince

Quest for the Red Prince : The Manhunt for the Killers Behind the 1972 Olympic Massacre

By (author) Michael Bar-Zohar , By (author) Eitan Haber

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Few terrorists have been as internationally notorious - or as deadly as "The Red Prince." That was the nickname of Ali Hassan Salameh, a Palestinian who oversaw the Black September Organization from 1970 until his murder by car bomb in 1979. Salameh masterminded the 1972 hijacking of Sabena flight 572 to Tel Aviv, killing 27 tourists at Israel's Lod airport, and the murder of the Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. In 1973, he organized the murder of the American and Saudi ambassadors in Sudan. The Red Prince's story is also that of General Aharon "Arale" Yariv, Golda Meir's choice to run Israel's counterterrorism response, and of Zvi Zamir, the head of the Mossad, Israel's intelligence unit. As "The Quest for The Red Prince" unfolds, Zamir and Yariv orchestrate a series of daring cross-border assassinations, picking off Black September members one by one, chasing down Salameh until a final reckoning in Beirut. "The Quest for The Red Prince" does more than catalogue the awful crimes of a terrorist, and Israel's search for a way to end his bloody reign: it authoritatively recounts the history of one of the central conflicts of our time - the Palestinian-Israeli struggle.

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 155 x 230 x 20mm | 399.17g
  • 01 Jun 2006
  • ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • b&w illustrations
  • 1592289452
  • 9781592289455
  • 1,500,986

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Michael Bar-Zohar's previous books include a biography of Ben Gurion and a history of the Israeli

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"Absorbing, surprisingly even-toned... Recommended both as a historical account and a tale of intrigue." --"Booklist" "Informative and exciting"--"Publishers Weekly" "Reads like a novel, as fast paced and engrossing... An absorbing book."--New Orleans "Times-Picayune", New Orleans, La. "A non-fiction book that reads like a novel and describes the terrifying feats of two generations of the Salameh family."--"Le Figaro", Paris

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Massacre in Munich describes in breathtaking detail the gripping drama of the events that led to the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes during the Munich Olympics, as well as the ruthless duel between Israel's secret intelligence service, the Mossad, and the leaders of Black September, the terrorist organization that perpetrated the massacre. Unlike those pursuing Al Qaeda leaders today, the Israeli agents succeeded in unmasking and killing all of Black September's captains, who operated under sophisticated disguises in Europe and the Middle East. The quest took the Mossad to Paris, Rome, Madrid, Athens, Cyprus, and Lebanon. One of the commandos, Ehud Barak, would become Israel's future Prime Minister. Black September fought back, gunning down Israeli agents in Brussels and Madrid. The bloody duel ended when Black September's leader, Ali Hassan Salameh, nicknamed "the Red Prince," died in a car explosion in Beirut, where he had been tracked down by a mysterious Englishwoman, Erica Mary Chambers, who turned out to be a Mossad agent. Massacre in Munich does more than catalog Black September's awful crimes and Israel's earch for a way to end its bloody reign. It tells the true story behind one of the central conflicts of our time - Palestinian-Israeli struggle.

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