History is the best story-teller

July 29, 2006
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Striking Back, by Aaron J Klein (Scribe, $40):

The Steven Spielberg-directed movie Munich, released last year, has raised fresh and younger interest in the bloody events that took place during the 1972 Olympic Games.

Striking Back is the story of the Munich massacre and Israel’s deadly response.It is the first full account based on access to key players who have never before spoken.

In 1972, members of the Black September group murdered 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. Nine hundred million people watched the drama unfold on television — a tragedy that ushered in the age of modern terror.

Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir promised to find those responsible with a secret Mossad unit, code-named Caesarea. The Israeli response unfolds not over weeks or months — it takes decades.

No one has known the full story of the terrorism and counter-terrorism until now and award-winning journalist Aaron Klein tells the story in what is a riveting and compelling read.

Wiping away the myths and misinformation that have become attached to this historic time, Klein proves that history is the best story-teller.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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