The Vol­un­teer: A Cana­di­an’s Secret Life in the Mossad

Michael Ross; Jonathan Kay
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By – December 9, 2011

The Mossad is an intrigu­ing orga­ni­za­tion. Any­one who joins the Mossad is required to sign a con­tract stip­u­lat­ing that he or she will nev­er reveal in writ­ing or in pub­lic the hap­pen­ings inside the agency. The Mossad is tru­ly a secret soci­ety of the high­est order. 

When the code is vio­lat­ed, when a for­mer Mossad agent makes the deci­sion to break the vow and go pub­lic, it is always due to a con­flict. Some­times, it is a feel­ing of betray­al, some­times it is out of deep hurt, and some­times the for­mer agent is attempt­ing to paint him­self in an impor­tant light, to gain atten­tion after a career spent in secrecy.

The Vol­un­teer is an auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal work writ­ten by Michael Ross, a Cana­di­an non-Jew, who came to Israel and joined the Mossad. Ross gives his read­ers a won­der­ful peek into the inner work­ings of this secret agency. The Vol­un­teer reveals how a tal­ent­ed, gift­ed young man was turned into a depressed, self-destruc­tive adult by the agency that was sup­posed to pro­tect his home­land. It chron­i­cles the life of a man whose fam­i­ly was destroyed, whose life was ruined, and whose career end­ed way too soon.

The Vol­un­teer is an insider’s wrench­ing insight into a very pri­vate club.

Mic­ah D. Halpern is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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