The Secret War with Iran

The 30-year Covert Struggle for Control of a Rogue State


About The Book

The shocking failure of Israel and the West to suppress Iran despite thirty-years’ secret struggle

While many now fear a looming war with Iran, few know that this war is already raging and has been doing so for the past three decades.

Starting from the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, intelligence expert Ronen Bergman details the complex array of political manoeuvring, assassination attempts, arms trading, and suicide bombs that have characterised the secret war between Iran and the intelligence services of Israel and the United States. Drawing on interviews with a plethora of intelligence agents from all sides, this is a riveting exploration of the growing influence of Iran in the Middle East, and the covert activities of the CIA and Mossad to tackle Iran and its political ambitions.

About The Author

Following a PhD from Cambridge University, Ronen Bergman teaches investigative jounalism at Tel-Aviv University, and is currently the senior security and intelligence correspondent for Israel's largest daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (October 1, 2013)
  • Length: 432 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781780744674

Raves and Reviews

“An enthralling read"

– The Economist

"Thoroughly researched and persuasively argued."

– Publishers Weekly

"Ronen Bergman has managed to pull off that much-vaunted trick, beloved of blurb-writers, of making a serious ivestigative boook read like a thriller."

– Jewish Chronicle

"Ronen Bergman combines a remarkable flair for research and tracking down elusive documents with a talent for exposition which impresses both academic and non-academic audiences."

– Christopher Andrew - former Chair of the History Faculty at the University of Cambridge and Official

"A groundbreaking and often startling examination of the Iranian threat and of Western efforts to combat it. Dr. Bergman has made a vital contribution to our understanding of the most pressing issue in Middle Eastern and world affairs today."

– Michael Oren - author of Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Prese

"Bergman has amazing access and sources inside the Israeli intelligence and military communities. There is much to learn from his reporting."

– Seymour Hersh - Pulitzer Prize winning, investigative journalist and author, regular contributor to