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

Editor’s Choice, The New York Times Book Review 

Winner of the Natan Prize

“An important book.” — NPR

“If experience is any guide, spies are not wont to emote. On the rare occasions they do speak about their perilous missions, they avoid sentiment, as if recounting a visit to the dry cleaners. For this reason, histories often fall short in tapping the depths of their lives — or, more aptly, their humanity. Matti Friedman’s Spies of No Country stands out as a wondrous exception.” — The New York Times

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

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

 

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