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A Spy in Canaan : My Secret Life As a Jewish-American Businessman

Schack, Howard H.; Jeffers, H. Paul

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ISBN 10: 1559721782 / ISBN 13: 9781559721783
Published by Carol Publishing Group, Secaucus, NJ, U.S.A., 1993
Used Condition: Excellent Cloth
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brown cover with black cloth spine. Title in red writing on spine. some wear to edges but minor with some minor bumpoing to cornes. otherwise cover in excellent condition. Book pages clear and clean with no markings in text. tightly bound, as new. D/J in colour with photo of "spy" in an Arab country on front cover, photo of author on rear. Minor edge wear. Archival covering for protection and enhancement. Six pages of photographs in b/w. The astonishingly true story of the most unlikely spy of all - Howard Schack, a middle-aged Jewish businessman from suburban New York. Shipping weight 682 grms including packing. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000560

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Title: A Spy in Canaan : My Secret Life As a ...

Publisher: Carol Publishing Group, Secaucus, NJ, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Excellent

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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A middle-aged Jewish businessman from Westchester, New York, reveals his secret life as a spy for the Mossad, Israel's legendary intelligence service. 20,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.

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The not-quite-exciting memoir of the middle-aged owner of a construction company who doubled as a spy for Israel's Mossad. It's 1973; Israel is under attack in the Yom Kippur war, and Schack, an N.Y.C.-area businessman, wants to help. Because of his construction work, he possesses plans for a Saudi naval expansion program, which he takes to the Israeli commercial consulate in Washington--only to be treated to a brief lecture on international law that dashes his hopes. But some days later, while driving on a highway, Schack's pulled over by a Mossad agent, and soon he's meeting his handler in Manhattan's Washington Square Park and has been ``invited to join the most romantic and successful brotherhood in the world.'' Off to Riyadh after brief instruction, Schack gains access to oil-refinery information by misleading a lonely fellow American. Close contact (and feasts) with powerful sheikhs leads to similar successes involving major military installations, airports, and Iraqi nuclear plants. It's a genuinely intrepid adventure but- -perhaps because the author seems to be walking a legal/ethical tightrope--Schack the man rarely comes through, though it's clear enough that he's a talented spy, tough (he already owns a handgun), and persuasive (``Take what you want,'' says one Egyptian, and Schack does--an attach?-case full of documents). A fascinating story undermined often by its wooden dialogue and by cautious, and overly polemical, exposition. (Maps and sixteen pages of photographs--not seen) -- Copyright 1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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