Lesson 1 (from Prologue and Chapter 1)
Prologue and Chapter 1
In the Prologue of By Way of Deception, Ostrovsky illustrates how the trust is a tangible commodity in espionage. Gaining the trust of the physicist Halim is instrumental in destroying an Iraqi nuclear complex.
The objective of this lesson is to examine how the Mossad gains the trust of its targets.
1) Class Discussion: As a class, make a list of the steps that Ran S. takes in winning the trust of Halim in Paris. How does he first appear to the Iraqi scientist? What are their initial conversations about? List the various gifts and interactions that attract Halim to "Jack Donovan." What false confidence does Donovan place in Halim, and how does Halim eventually give himself over entirely?
2) Class Discussion: In David Mamet's classic film House of Games, a con man says a confidence scam is called that because the con pretends...
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