A working historian, Michael Bar Zohar has published many books
based on his own intensive research, among them the following:
Top Secret" (1964) earned the Sokolov Prize (The Israeli Pulitzer)
and the French Academy award. This book describes the secret alliance
between France and Israel before and during the Suez War.
Hunt for German Scientists"(1965) deals with
the efforts of the Soviet Union and the United States after World War Two
to get hold of thousands of German
scientists and harness them to the projects of developing missiles and
the Armed Prophet"(1966) is the
first biography of David Ben-Gurion that Bar-Zohar wrote.
tells the poignant story of Holocaust survivors who tracked down Nazi
criminals, in an effort to avenge their massacred brothers.
in Crisis"(1968) describes the behind-the-scenes
struggle between diplomats, generals, spies and politicians, before and
during the Six-Day War of 1967.
Paratroopers" (1969) is the story of the elite corps of Israeli
commandos, created and commanded by Ariel Sharon.
in the Promised Land"(1970) is the
biography of Isser Harel, the man who built and directed the Israeli
Secret services, and was in charge of the capture of Adolf Eichmann in
a political biography" (3 volumes, Hebrew, 1978, 1 condensed
volume, English, 1980) This was the detailed
biography of David Ben-Gurion that is considered as the best book about
Israel’s Old Man.
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Ben Gurion's Biography: As
an historian, Michael Bar Zohar is perhaps best known for his official
biography of David
Ben Gurion, the founder of the State of Israel. He spent most of the years
1964-1978 writing Ben-Gurion's biography.This book
was published in 14 languages, including Arabic and Chinese. Bar-Zohar wrote a
play on Ben-Gurion's youth, and produced records of his speeches. He conceived
the exhibit "Ben-Gurion" which was produced by the Tel-Aviv Museum in
1976 and toured the world. He also wrote the screenplay for a full-length
documentary film, "Ben-Gurion remembers." The principal actor in this
film was David Ben-Gurion himself, who told his life story in the company of
personal and political friends: Shimon Peres, Ariel Sharon, Golda Meir, Itzhak
Rabin, Moshe Dayan, Itzhak Navon, Zalman Shazar, Teddy Kollek, Yigael Yadin,
fellow pioneers from his youth and his girlfriend Rachel, with whom he sailed
to Jaffa in 1906.
Quest for the Red Prince" (with Eitan Haber, 1983, updated
edition 2002) tells the story of the hunt, by Israeli Mossad agents, for
the heads of Black September. Black September, the predecessor of Al
Qaeda, was the terrorist group that massacred the Israeli athletes at the 1972
of the Almighty" (1985). Described as “the most
extraordinary spy story of World War Two” this book narrated the strange
odyssey of Paul Ernst Fackenheim, a German Jew who was forced to become a
of Israel" (Hebrew, 1988) portrays 48 men and women of valor
in all walks of life in modern Israel.
a Cruel Mirror" (1990) sums up Bar-Zohar’s personal
experience in politics and his analysis of Israel’s dilemmas.
L'Oreal, Nazis and the Arab boycott (1996). This book exposes the grim
past of one of the world’s leading cosmetics companies, whose owners
supported the French Nazi organizations, and maintained close relations with future
- "Lionhearts" ( Hebrew,
1997, English 1998) paints the profiles of the Jewish people’s greatest
war heroes in modern times.
Hitler's Grasp" -The Heroic Rescue of 50,000 Bulgarian
Jews, English 1998, also available as a documentary. This book tells the
amazing story of the largest rescue of Jews from the Holocaust, by the
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– The Life and Times of a Jewish Prince” (Hebrew 2003,
English, 2005) Jacob Herzog, a rabbi, a diplomat, a scholar, is considered
as one of the wisest and ablest men in Israel’s political history. This is
the biography of this man, the younger brother of President Chaim Herzog.
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- To be
a Free People – The Saga of Israel (Hebrew 2004, English 2005), is
a unique book that presents the canonic texts and pictures of Zionism and
modern Israel, in twelve chapters based on the Declaration of
Independence. The book includes three hundred texts: speeches, articles,
letters, poems, excerpts from private diaries, military documents,
Biblical verses, Supreme Court rulings, chapters
from books and scenes from plays. The book also includes more than four
hundred illustrations, paintings, posters, photographs, drawings,
cartoons, stamps and rare documents. It is an inspiring treasure of
information and knowledge never collected and presented before.
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(With Eitan Haber, 2005) is an updated version of “The Quest for the Red
Peres – The Biography (Hebrew 2006, English 2007). This
biography tells the dramatic life story of Shimon Peres, the
controversial, gifted leader who built Israel’s Aircraft Industry and the
nuclear reactor at Dimona, concluded Israel’s alliances with France and
Germany, conceived the raid on Entebbe, and tried to make peace with the
Palestinians and Jordan.
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“Mossad - The
Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service" (with
Nissim Mishal, Hebrew 2010,
English November 2012). The missions of the Israeli secret service, throughout
the years: Khrushchev's speech; Eichmann's capture; Eli Cohen, our man in
Damascus; A Mossad agent in the office of Egypt's president; The rescue of the
Syrian virgins; the destruction of the Syrian nuclear reactor; the saga of the
Ethiopian Jews; and many more.
The Great Operations of the Israeli Army" ( Hebrew, with Nissim Mishal, 2013) The secrets of the Suez War (1956); The
destruction of the Arab Air forces in the Six Day War (1967); The battle of
Jerusalem (1967); The rescue of the Sabena airliner (1972); The Capture of a
Soviet radar station (1972); The crossing of the Suez Canal (1973); Entebbe
(1976) ;The Destruction of the Iraqi Nuclear Reactor (1981); Operations
"Cast Lead"(2009) and "Pillar of Cloud"(2012) against the
Hamas in Gaza; and more.
Bar Zohar has also published several novels, some under the
pen-names Michael Barak and Michael Hastings, and the latest under his real
name. His novels have been published all over the world:
"The Third Truth"
"The Spy Who Died
"The Secret List"
later made into a movie starring Martin Sheen and Derek Jacobi
"A Spy in Winter"
"The Devil's spy"
· "Brothers" (1993)
a play (Hebrew, 2008)
"Court-Martial", (the Tubiansky affair) screenplay (Hebrew, 2013)