Books by Samuel M. Katz

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A sturdy tale of terror and counterterror that speaks to events that are happening even now."
Fast-paced narrative account of events in the Middle East 35 years ago, the opening salvo in a war that continues to unfold. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"It's not exactly le Carré, but solid reporting and analysis meet a good sense of narrative, making this book more fluent and less dismal than its subject might suggest."
The U.S. and other powers are battling terrorist organizations militarily—but also fiscally, cutting off funding sources and intercepting the flow of money into enemy hands. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A detailed book that is refreshingly full of sound research rather than polemic."
An action-packed, nondidactic examination of how Israel's special operation units rose to the challenge of the Palestinian intifada. Read full book review >
UNDER FIRE by Fred Burton
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Authoritative account of a still-controversial spasm of anti-American violence."
Clearly written—and clearly angry—chronicle of the 2012 terrorist assault on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A convincing argument for giving the DSS more attention, but it adds little to the story of the US intelligence community's dealings with Islamic fundamentalist terrorism in the 1990s."
Freelance investigative journalist Katz (The Hunt for the Engineer, 1999, etc.) throws some light on an obscure law enforcement agency's unpublicized war with Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 1993

An arresting account of Ahmed Jibril, the technoterrorist mastermind whose exploits include the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie. Israeli-American military historian Katz (Days of Fire, 1968) details Jibril's past and present terrorist operations as head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command. Presented by the author as a lethal threat to the democratic world, Jibril emerges as an egotistic, mad genius of mayhem who pulled off a series of brazen skyjackings, kidnappings, and assassinations in several countries without risking more than a few expendable henchmen. His daring hang-glider attack on an Israeli army base is credited with having jump-started the Intifada. But his cause, as well as that of the Palestinians, is tarnished in Katz's view by all the big bucks earned and by the indiscriminate murder committed in the name of liberation politics. Moreover, the armed Palestinian factions—particularly Jibril's—are seen engaged in fratricidal combat more fierce than their confrontations with outside enemies. Apart from the Palestinians exploited for the larger cause, Katz depicts various naive European women who were wooed by Arab men for the sole purpose of serving as conduits for explosives. A chronology of terrorists attacks, a rundown of armed Palestinian groups, and a listing of Israel's counterterrorist units append this fast-paced record of Jibril's exploits and his uncanny ability to stay a step ahead of the world's intelligence community. As exciting as a good thriller—but far more frightening. Read full book review >