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

An Apple best book of March 2019

One of CBC’s Books We Can’t Wait to Read in March

Winner of the Natan Prize

“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.

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