The Talmud says: ´´If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.´´ This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel´s DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats: Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively. In this page-turning, eye-opening book, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman-praised by David Remnick as ´´arguably [Israel´s] best investigative reporter´´-offers a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs: their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions. Built from interviews with Israeli Prime Ministers as well as high-level figures in Mossad, and the country´s military and intelligence services - Rise and Kill First includes never-before-reported, behind-the-curtain accounts of key operations, and based on hundreds of on-the-record interviews and thousands of previously unseen files. Bergman traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel´s targeted killing campaign, which has shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the entire world.
Catch the Jew! recounts the adventures of gonzo journalist Tuvia Tenenbom, who wanders around Israel and the Palestinian Authority for seven months in search of the untold truths in today´s Holy Land. With holy chutzpah, Tenenbom boldly goes where no Jew has gone before, at times risking his life as he assumes the identities of Tobi the German and even Abu Ali in order to probe into the many stories in this strange land and poke holes in all of them. From the self-hating leftists in Tel Aviv to the self-promoting PLO execs in Ramallah, from the black-clad Haredim of Bet Shemesh to the glowing foreign human-rights activists in Beit Hanina, from Jewish settlers and the Christians who come from abroad to toil with them to ardent Jerusalem monks and Bedouins in surprisingly glorious shacks, Tenenbom takes on the people of the land, getting to know them and disarming them as he breaks bread and mingles with anyone and everyone. Does Palestinian wife number one hate the Jews more than she hates wife number two? Who finances cash-rich NGOs pursuing a Judenrein Israel? Who sets Palestinian olive groves on fire and why? What is the emotional gravity that pulls idealistic human-rights activists from other countries to Israel and only to Israel? Who are the flaming feminists who sacrifice their lives for the rights of polygamists? Whose land is this, anyway? By turns poignant, enraging, and laugh-out-loud funny, this unique travelogue lays bare the intensity of this turbulent land in an unprecedented, eye-opening education, person by person, city by city, and meal by meal. You will never look at Israel the same way again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shlomo Zacks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033230/bk_acx0_033230_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
June 4, 1967, was supposed to be a high point in Noah Greenspan´s year. It´s the night before the grand opening of Potomac Centre, the urban development project he spearheaded in the heart of Washington, DC. But the outbreak of the Six-Day War in the Middle East eclipses the event. In the aftermath of the short, bloody war, Noah´s fiancee, Palestinian American journalist Alexandra Salaman, is assigned to Israel to cover the political implications for Israelis and Palestinians alike. It´s a dangerous task, partly because Alexandra was, years earlier, instrumental in preventing a terrorist attack and partly because she´s a Christian Arab engaged to Noah, a Jew. Such a marriage is certain to arouse anger from either side of the Israeli-Palestinian divide. As Noah deals with legal and financial challenges to Potomac Centre, he and Alexandra find their relationship challenged by her insistence on staying in Israel to do her job - and by reunions with old lovers. Neither knows that a figure from Alexandra´s past, the terrorist Omar Samir, plans to strike deep in the heart of the American capital. His target? Potomac Centre. The Eden Legacy continues the story of an Arab-Jewish relationship begun in Heirs of Eden. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Paul. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071010/bk_acx0_071010_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. - Henry Kissinger ´´The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.´´ - Henry Kissinger A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history´s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors´ American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America´s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. The latter half of the 20th century was privy to one of the greatest displays of ongoing international diplomacy seen in American history, but to say that Henry A. Kissinger´s career as an American diplomat was purely American would be short-sighted and simplistic. The diplomatic atmosphere, particularly in the 1970s, was far from the image of a public official manning an office in Washington, D.C., greeting foreign dignitaries, and traveling on occasion to sign foreign agreements. In the post-World War II environment, old allies became new enemies, and a series of crises appeared almost simultaneously around the world, involving virtually every nation in the world, on every continent. From Richard Nixon´s opening of relations with China to the ensuing conflict with Taiwan, as well as the potential benefits of détente with the Soviet Union, a fellow nuclear power, Secretary of State Kissinger had his hands full. In addition to that, he had to deal with the churning of leadership changes and military rule in South America, the seething tension between the newly-founded Israel and its surrounding Arab states. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rozanne Devine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039254/bk_acx0_039254_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Seven great chapters to help you understand the Bible!´´The Book of Genesis in 55 Minutes´´ by Gerald Robison. As a former ´´Walk Thru The Bible” instructor, Gerald knows how to condense scriptural teaching into easy-to-remember pieces. And what better book to have a complete understanding of than the foundational book of Genesis! Regardless of your spiritual age, this will impact how you organize the Bible in your mind.´´The Old Testament in 55 Minutes´´ by Gerald Robison. Gerald is a former trainer for instructors teaching ´´Walk Thru the Bible” seminars held around the USA. You’ll learn, in order, the entire Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi, AND remember what you’ve learned for the rest of your life! Chapter three - Daniel in 55 Minutes by Ed Hindson. An incredible overview of the most prophecy-rich book in the Bible. ´´The Book of Acts in 55 Minutes´´ by Gerald Robison. Acts bridges the time of Jesus and the Church Age presented in a way you’ll never forget!´´Biblical Proof That God Loves Israel´´ by Dave Reagan. The Bible says Israel is the apple of God’s eye, and both history and future prophecies confirm that truth!´´Satan´s Lie - ´Do Everything Jesus Says to Do´´´ by Bill Perkins. Jesus commanded many things to do while He was here on planet earth. Do they all apply to us living in the ´´Church Age”? Enjoy this provocative study of what Jesus said and to whom it applied...eye-opening!´´The Bible´s Big Picture´´. This unique presentation covers Genesis to Revelation in one sitting from God’s perspective in just 30 minutes! Beginning with Adam, you journey through time, covering key areas along God’s timetable, including the period dead-ahead (rapture / tribulation / anti-Christ / 666 / 2nd Coming of Jesus / etc.).´´10 Truths About Rapture´´ by Andy Woods. Andy walks through a biblically solid and detailed outline of the coming Rapture. Excellent!/o 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gerald Robison, Andy Woods, Ed Hindson, Dave Reagan, Bill Perkins, Ashley Day. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/152875/bk_acx0_152875_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Number one New York Times best-selling author Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding international thriller - one that finds the legendary Gabriel Allon grappling with an ISIS mastermind. Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation ´´since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond´´ (Rocky Mountain News), is poised to become the chief of Israel´s secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again. Acclaimed novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled, entertained, and educated listeners with 18 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. From its shocking opening to its explosive denouement in Washington, DC, The Black Widow reveals itself as Silva´s most timely and powerful novel yet. Following the success of his smash hit The English Spy, this electrifying thriller showcases Silva´s consummate skill and brilliant imagination and is sure to be a must-listen for his multitude of current and future fans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Guidall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005331/bk_harp_005331_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the Sapir Prize, Israel´s highest literary award Picking up the mantle of legendary authors such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, an exquisite literary talent makes his debut with a nuanced and provocative tale of materialism, tradition, faith, and the search for meaning in contemporary American life. Andrew P. Cohen, a professor of comparative culture at New York University, is at the zenith of his life. Adored by his classes and published in prestigious literary magazines, he is about to receive a coveted promotion - the crowning achievement of an enviable career. He is on excellent terms with Linda, his ex-wife, and his two grown children admire and adore him. His girlfriend, Ann Lee, a former student half his age, offers lively companionship. A man of elevated taste, education, and culture, he is a model of urbanity and success. But the manicured surface of his world begins to crack when he is visited by a series of strange and inexplicable visions involving an ancient religious ritual that will upend his comfortable life. Beautiful, mesmerizing, and unsettling, The Ruined House unfolds over the course of one year, as Andrew´s world unravels and he is forced to question all his beliefs. Ruby Namdar´s brilliant novel embraces the themes of the American Jewish literary canon as it captures the privilege and pedantry of New York intellectual life in the opening years of the 21st century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Boehmer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006410/bk_harp_006410_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A world-recognized authority and acclaimed mind-body medicine pioneer presents the first evidenced-based program to reverse the psychological and biological damage caused by trauma. In his role as the founder and director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), the worlds largest and most effective program for healing population-wide trauma, Harvard-trained psychiatrist James Gordon has taught a curriculum that has alleviated trauma to populations as diverse as refugees and survivors of war in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel, Gaza, and Syria, as well as Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, New York city firefighters and their families, and members of the U. S. military. Dr. Gordon and his team have also used their work to help middle class professionals, stay-at-home mothers, inner city children of color, White House officials, medical students, and people struggling with severe emotional and physical illnesses. Transforming Trauma represents the culmination of Dr. Gordon´s fifty years as a mind-body medicine pioneer and an advocate of integrative approaches to overcoming psychological trauma and stress. Offering inspirational stories, eye-opening research, and innovative prescriptive support, Transforming Trauma makes accessible for the first time the methods that Dr. Gordon—with the help of his faculty of 160, and 6,000 trained clinicians, educators, and community leaders—has developed and used to relieve the suffering of hundreds of thousands of adults and children around the world.