GROWING AUTHOR REPUTATION: On the heels of winning both the Canadian Jewish Literary Award and the Vine Award, as well as being shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize, and the Weston Prize, Matti Friedman’s new book is highly anticipated by his fans in Canada and around the world.
FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF RARELY ACKNOWLEDGED ISRAELI HISTORY: One of the key Arab Section spies is still alive and in his 90s, and Matti has been interviewing him for the past several years. Through him, Matti sheds a light on the many contributions made in the earliest history of Israel, a history often unfairly dominated by the Jews of Europe.
ESPIONAGE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER: Think John Le Carré and Ben Macintyre during the birth of Israel—deep cover, covert attacks (one disabled “Hitler’s Yacht,” which was moored off Egypt and was being retrofitted as a warshp), and the very high risk of being discovered and executed.
WINNER OF THE 2018 NATAN BOOK AWARD: Awarded by the Jewish Book Council and helps underwrite galley mailings to influential organizations and prominent members in the Jewish community, multiple tours in the United States and Canada, and other assorted media in print and online. A previous winner was Ari Shavit for My Promised Land.
Praise for Spies of No Country:
“With Spies of No Country, Matti Friedman proves that he is one of the essential interpreters of Israel writing today.” —Yossi Klein Halevi, New York Times bestselling author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
“Spies of No Country is thrilling, moving, and, like everything that Matti Friedman writes, deeply humane.” —Nicole Krauss, author of Forest Dark
“Compelling and compulsively readable. Friedman is a lyrical writer and a master of suspenseful storytelling.” —Franklin Foer, author of World Without Mind
“An exciting historical journey and highly informative look at the Middle East with Israel as the starting point.” —Kirkus Reviews
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