Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel

Coming March 5, 2019, from Algonquin Books

“One of the most compelling, compulsively readable histories I’ve read in a long while. Matti Friedman is a lyrical writer and a master of suspenseful storytelling.”
Franklin Foer, author of World Without Mind

“[An] absolutely arresting account of espionage at the genesis of the Israeli state.” — Booklist (starred review)

“This book sure looks like a rollicking spy story. It’s got all the necessary parts: a high-stakes war for a new state’s existence, double identities, suspense, betrayal. But it’s more than that. This is a book about being an outsider many times over.” —Judith Shulevitz, New York Times op-ed contributor and author of The Sabbath World

“This thrilling story about the forerunner of the Mossad reads like a John le Carré novel.” —Le Figaro, France

“A fine, moving piece of writing, told with simplicity and artistry.” —Benny Morris, author of 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War

Spies of No Country is thrilling, moving, and, like everything that Matti Friedman writes, deeply humane.” —Nicole Krauss, author of Forest Dark


Matti Friedman, a journalist and contributor to the New York Times Op-Ed Section, is the author of two previous works of nonfiction.