A Spy in Canaan: My Secret Life as a Jewish American Businessman Spying for Israel in Arab Lands

Howard H. Schack, Author, H. Paul Jeffers, Author Carol Publishing Corporation $19.95 (246p) ISBN 978-1-55972-178-3
Dismayed by Israel's vulnerability during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Schack, an American who headed a construction firm, volunteered his services to the Jewish state and was soon posing as a gentile, gathering intelligence in Arab countries from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s for the Mossad. Using the name Howard Mackenzie (``an earnest, non-ideological . . . businessman out to make a buck''), he networked with high-ranking Arab officials and generals from Libya to Kuwait. His sighting of a Soviet ship in a Syrian port contributed to the success of the hostage-rescuing Entebbe raid in 1976, and he obtained information about the construction of a nuclear-reactor facility outside Baghdad that led to Israel's 1981 bombing of Iraq's Osirak plant. Schack is not at all modest or self-effacing; he records many compliments and expressions of gratitude received from his Mossad handlers--readers will feel every one of them was richly deserved. His suspenseful account, written with Jeffers, coauthor with Sheila MacRae of Hollywood Mother of the Year , is like a Walter Mitty fantasy come to life, and Schack's jaunty humor and observations of Arab culture and customs deepen the reader's enjoyment. Photos. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/31/1993
Release date: 06/01/1993
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