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One day in September : the full story of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre and the Israeli revenge operation "Wrath of God"
Reeve, Simon.
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Publication Information:
New York : Arcade, [2000]

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xiv, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of portraits : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
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HV6431 .R34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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At 4:30 AM on the morning of September 5, 1972, a small band of Arab terrorists invaded Munich's Olympic Village and took 11 Israeli athletes hostage. The Arabs' goal: to thrust the Palestinian cause into the world spotlight and free several hundred Arab prisoners. For the next 24 hours, the world watched as the drama unfolded, culminating in a bloodbath at Munich's Furstenfeldbruck airport. Here those momentous, tension-filled hours are recreated in mesmerizing detail, as is the relentless 10-year Israeli manhunt, called Operation "Wrath of God", for those responsible.

Author Notes

Simon Reeve is a journalist and writer. He worked for five years for the London Sunday Times. He has written investigative feature articles for publications ranging from Time to Esquire

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School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-A comprehensive and unsettling account of a horrific occurrence that shocked millions in 1972. The Summer Olympics were held in (West) Germany for the first time since 1936, amid hopes for an open, nonmilitaristic competition. Early on the morning of September 5th, eight mem-bers of a PLO faction called Black Septem-ber snuck into the Olympic Village and stormed the men's residence, seizing 11 Is-raeli athletes and coaches. Two were killed immediately, and the remaining nine (along with five of the terrorists) were slain less than 24 hours later in a badly bungled rescue at-tempt at Frstenfeldbruck airport. Reeve's book originated with research conducted for an Oscar-winning documentary, but the vol-ume goes beyond the film to present many disturbing and previously unknown facts. While the film focuses on the massacre itself, the text covers acts of retaliation and cover-up that continued for years afterward. Indeed, one vital source of information is an investigative report, the existence of which was denied by German officials for 20 years, and came to light only through the persistent ac- tions of family members of the murdered ath- letes. Despite the regrettable omission of an index, Reeve's book is an important one since it deals with many issues-terrorism, anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, and Middle East unrest.-Dori DeSpain, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
1 The Takeoverp. 1
2 Black Septemberp. 20
3 Negotiationsp. 48
4 Operation Sunshinep. 70
5 The Deceptionp. 93
6 Furstenfeldbruckp. 105
7 Champagne Celebrationsp. 125
8 The Mourning Beginsp. 142
9 Operation Wrath of Godp. 160
10 Operation Spring of Youthp. 175
11 The Red Princep. 196
12 The Cover-upp. 218
13 The Survivorsp. 239
Notesp. 255
Acknowledgmentsp. 293
Bibliographyp. 297