Publication Date: 04/03/2010 ISBN: 9780099522874 Category:

Major Farran’s Hat

David Cesarani

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication Date: 04/03/2010 ISBN: 9780099522874 Category:
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In May 1947 a Jewish teenager was mysteriously abducted in Jerusalem. He was never seen alive again. A grey felt hat found at the scene was traced to Major Roy Farran, a highly decorated ex-SAS officer leading a covert counter-terrorist squad. Farran was acquitted after a sensational court martial and came home to a hero’s welcome. But the Zionist underground swore vengeance. It had already penetrated British homeland security. Now it sent its top man after Farran.

This story of violence, cover ups and expediency reveals the full extent and ambition of Jewish terrorist attacks on Britain and throws light on Britain’s legacy in the Middle East, with remarkable echoes of today’s War on Terror.

Publisher Review

"A compelling story from final days of the British mandate" * Sunday Times * "David Cesarani tell the tale, with all its curious twists and turns, with great skill and a keen sense of drama. His book reads like a thriller, but it is all the more fascinating for being about real people and the big issues with which they had to grapple in the twilight of British rule over Palestine" * Guardian * "Cesarani is a first rate storyteller" * Scotsman * "This gripping tale of a dark episode from the fag-end of Empire has a piquant pay-off" -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent * "Cesarani dramatises this sordid incident with verve" * The Observer *

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