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His plane was shot down over Germany, but he managed to escape and return to active service. Giladi mentored Ostrovsky for more than 10 years. Early life[ edit ] He was born in Edmonton , Alberta , on November 28, , and he moved to Israel at the age of five. At the age of 17, he joined the Israel Defense Forces IDF after a minor eye condition ended his hopes of becoming a pilot. After his service with the Military Police, he spent six years in the Israeli Navy.

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Jan 27, Rachel rated it liked it This is a troubling book. By Way of Deception, told to Claire Hoy by former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky, chronicles not only Ostrovskys four years in training as an agent for Israels elite intelligence agency, but also a variety of related activities occurring both within Israel and throughout the world.

Form the picture he paints, it seems that many international crises of the s and 80s involved the Mossad to a much greater extent than anyone even the Israeli government was ever aware.

This is a troubling book. Form the picture he paints, it seems that many international crises of the s and 80s involved the Mossad to a much greater extent than anyone — even the Israeli government — was ever aware. That the book is 20 years out of date gives it far less a sense of urgency than it probably once had. Now the book reads more like a history text. Whether Ostrovsky is an entirely reliable narrator is up for debate.

For one thing, he reiterates repeatedly that those who have gone through the same training with him have learned never to tell the entire truth, or to tell a straight story. It thus becomes quite difficult to determine the accuracy of his accounts, especially since there is no real way to verify the information unless you are a Mossad agent — and even then, it seems that the information may be compromised or manipulated.

Though he claims to want to help Israel by revealing this information, it seems that most readers would use this text as further fodder for anger or hatred, rather than for any positive purpose. Ostrovsky does not conclude the narrative with any sort of overarching theme or message — he just sort of stops relating anecdotes when he catches up with the present. If what Ostrovsky relates in this book is at all true, it would be nice to see some sort of oversight imposed upon the erratic and surreptitious Mossad.

I have to wonder, then, whether Ostrovsky is instead using this narrative as a platform for boasting, for showing off, for letting everyone know how much he knows, and that he was sufficiently strong-willed not to get roped into the group-think that has become a danger to the political health of the Mossad. I learned quite a bit about the international political climate in the s and 80s, and was fascinated to learn how such a small organization can accomplish so much.

Ostrovsky, Victor and Claire Hoy. By Way of Deception. New York, NY: St.

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Jan 27, Rachel rated it liked it This is a troubling book. By Way of Deception, told to Claire Hoy by former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky, chronicles not only Ostrovskys four years in training as an agent for Israels elite intelligence agency, but also a variety of related activities occurring both within Israel and throughout the world. Form the picture he paints, it seems that many international crises of the s and 80s involved the Mossad to a much greater extent than anyone even the Israeli government was ever aware. This is a troubling book. Form the picture he paints, it seems that many international crises of the s and 80s involved the Mossad to a much greater extent than anyone — even the Israeli government — was ever aware.

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