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Chasing shadows : a special agent's lifelong hunt to bring a Cold War assassin to justice /
Fred Burton with John Bruning.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
description
vi, 258 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0230620558 (hardback), 9780230620551 (hardback)
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Book
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author
added author
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
0230620558 (hardback)
9780230620551 (hardback)
contents note
Prologue: The long pursuit -- The crime -- The lion of Hatzor -- The investigation begins -- Dvora's quest -- Conspiracy theory -- Rolling thunder -- Stealing the MiG-21 -- The bear's black eye -- The fate of the evidence -- The suspect list -- Origins of terror -- The birth of Black September -- The shadow war begins -- Unbridled vengeance -- Coming into focus -- The CIA's involvement -- Tracking the killer -- Epilogue.
abstract
"In July 1973, a gunman stepped from behind a tree and fired five shots, point blank, into Josef Alon, a kind, unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot. Sixteen-year-old Fred Burton was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a pilot and family man--he was a high-ranking Israeli military official with intelligence ties. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. Then, in 2007, now State Department counterterrorism special agent Fred Burton reopened the case and successfully pursued the killer, bringing closure to a traumatized family. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed history spans the globe and several fraught decades in our history. In its portrait of how power is used, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder, Chasing shadows spins a gripping tale of agents, double agents, terrorists, and heroes as Burton chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
7778120
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]) and index.
Includes bibliographical references.
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Review for Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Expert: 'With spy thriller suspense and the clarity of a police report, former special agent Burton's State Department saga reads like a brewing-storm prequel to the current 'war on terror.' - Publishers Weekly 'This book reads like a le Carr spy novel...Shorn of ideological rights and wrongs, it's a fascinating look at what counterterrorism really means on a day-to-day level.' - Booklist
'This book represents an extraordinary history of Fred Burton's determined pursuit of justice in the unsolved case of a murder in his hometown when he was a teenager. It demonstrates the uses and abuses of international power and how international loyalties are bought and sold. The story is told in the manner of political thriller with all the twists and turns one would expect. It is constructed and written to draw the reader in and who will inevitably find it difficult to put down.' - Defence Viewpoints, UK Defence Forum Review for Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Expert: 'With spy thriller suspense and the clarity of a police report, former special agent Burton's State Department saga reads like a brewing-storm prequel to the current 'war on terror.' - Publishers Weekly 'This book reads like a le Carr spy novel...Shorn of ideological rights and wrongs, it's a fascinating look at what counterterrorism really means on a day-to-day level.' - Booklist
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Summaries
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With spy thriller suspense, the gripping story of the Cold War's last great unsolved murder and the author's 25 year long quest to solve it.
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The gripping story of the Cold War's last great unsolved murder and the author's 25 year long quest to solve it
Long Description
On a warm Saturday night in July 1973 in Bethesda Maryland, a gunman stepped out from behind a tree and fired five point-blank shots into Joe Alon, an unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot and family man. Alon's sixteen-year-old neighbor, Fred Burton, was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a pilot ”he was a high-ranking military official and with intelligence ties. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. In 2007, Fred Burton ”who had since become a State Department counterterrorism special agent ”reopened the case. Here, Burton spins a gripping tale of the secret agents, double dealings, terrorists and heroes he encounters he chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed thriller looks in the dark heart of the Cold War to show power is uses, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder.
Main Description
In 2007, State Department counterterrorism special agent Fred Burton reopened the case of the 1973 assassination of Israeli Air Force pilot Josef Alon, who was also a high-ranking Israeli military official, and successfully pursued the killer, bringing closure to a traumatized family.
Main Description
In July 1973, a gunman stepped from behind a tree and fired five shots, point blank, into Josef Alon, a kind, unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot. Sixteen-year-old Fred Burton was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood. As it turned out, Alon wasnrs"t just a pilot and family man'”he was a high-ranking intelligence agent with the Mossad. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. In 2007, Fred Burton, now a State Department counterterrorism special agent, reopened the case and successfully pursued the killer, bringing closure to a traumatized family. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed history spans several fraught decades and ultimately sheds new light on how the United States and Israel have tested their loyalties in a relentlessly hostile world. In its portrait of how power is used, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder, Chasing Shadows spins a gripping tale of agents, double agents, terrorists, and heroes as Burton chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder.
Main Description
In July 1973, a gunman stepped from behind a tree and fired five shots, point blank, into Josef Alon, a kind, unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot. Sixteen-year-old Fred Burton was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a pilot and family man--he was a high-ranking intelligence agent with the Mossad. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. In 2007, Fred Burton, now a State Department counterterrorism special agent, reopened the case and successfully pursued the killer, bringing closure to a traumatized family. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed history spans several fraught decades and ultimately sheds new light on how the United States and Israel have tested their loyalties in a relentlessly hostile world. In its portrait of how power is used, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder,Chasing Shadowsspins a gripping tale of agents, double agents, terrorists, and heroes as Burton chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder.
Main Description
In July 1973, a gunman stepped from behind a tree and fired five shots, point blank, into Josef Alon, a kind, unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot. Sixteen-year-old Fred Burton was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a pilot and family man--he was a high-ranking Israeli military official with intelligence ties. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. Then, in 2007, now State Department counterterrorism special agent Fred Burton reopened the case and successfully pursued the killer, bringing closure to a traumatized family. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed history spans the globe and several fraught decades in our history. In its portrait of how power is used, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder, Chasing Shadowsspins a gripping tale of agents, double agents, terrorists, and heroes as Burton chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder.
Main Description
In July 1973, a gunman stepped from behind a tree and fired five shots, point blank, into Josef Alon, a kind, unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot. Sixteen-year-old Fred Burton was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a pilot and family manhe was a high-ranking Israeli military official with intelligence ties. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. Then, in 2007, now State Department counterterrorism special agent Fred Burton reopened the case and successfully pursued the killer, bringing closure to a traumatized family. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed history spans the globe and several fraught decades in our history. In its portrait of how power is used, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder, Chasing Shadows spins a gripping tale of agents, double agents, terrorists, and heroes as Burton chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder.
Main Description
In July 1973, a gunman stepped from behind a tree and fired five shots, point blank, into Josef Alon, a kind, unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot. Sixteen-year-old Fred Burton was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood of Bethesda, Maryland. As it turned out, Alon wasn’t just a pilot and family man ”he was a high-ranking Israeli military official with intelligence ties. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. Then, in 2007, now State Department counterterrorism special agent Fred Burton reopened the case and successfully pursued the killer, bringing closure to a traumatized family. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed history spans the globe and several fraught decades in our history. In its portrait of how power is used, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder,Chasing Shadowsspins a gripping tale of agents, double agents, terrorists, and heroes as Burton chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder.
Main Description
In July 1973, a gunman stepped from behind a tree and fired five shots, point blank, into Josef Alon, the kind, unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot. Sixteen year old Fred Burton was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a pilot and family man - he was a high-ranking Mossad agent. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. Then, in 2007, now CIA agent Fred Burton reopened the case and successfully pursued the killer, bringing closure to a traumatized family. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed history spans several fraught decades and ultimately sheds new light on how the United States and Israel have tested their loyalties in a relentlessly hostile world. In its portrait of how power is used, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder, Spy Wars is a gripping tale of agents, double agents, terrorists and heroes as he chases leads around the globe and finally solves this decades-old murder.
Main Description
On a warm Saturday night in July 1973 in Bethesda Maryland, a gunman stepped out from behind a tree and fired five point-blank shots into Joe Alon, an unassuming Israeli Air Force pilot and family man. Alon's sixteen-year-old neighbor, Fred Burton, was deeply shocked by this crime that rocked his sleepy suburban neighborhood. As it turned out, Alon wasn't just a pilothe was a high-ranking military official and with intelligence ties. The assassin was never found and the case was closed. In 2007, Fred Burtonwho had since become a State Department counterterrorism special agentreopened the case. Here, Burton spins a gripping tale of the secret agents, double dealings, terrorists and heroes he encounters he chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed thriller looks in the dark heart of the Cold War to show power is uses, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder.
Table of Contents
Prologue The Long Pursuitp. 1
The Crimep. 7
The Lion of Hatzorp. 15
The Investigation Beginsp. 31
Dvora's Questp. 39
Conspiracy Theoryp. 51
Rolling Thunderp. 61
Stealing the MiG-21p. 75
The Bear's Black Eyep. 85
The Fate of the Evidencep. 97
The Suspect Listp. 111
Origins of Terrorp. 129
The Birth of Black Septemberp. 141
The Shadow War Beginsp. 151
Unbridled Vengeancep. 173
Coming into Focusp. 187
The CIA's Involvementp. 199
Tracking the Killersp. 209
Epilogue Justicep. 221
Acknowledgmentsp. 225
Timelinep. 227
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 249
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