The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Spy Ship
A. Jay Cristol. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 2002. 320 pp. Photos. Notes. Bib. Index. $27.50 ($24.75).
Reviewed by Rear Admiral Paul Tobin, U.S. Navy (Retired)
The Liberty Incident is an exhaustive analysis of all the available declassified information on the controversial Israeli attack on the U.S. Navy surveillance ship Liberty (AGTR-5). There is no doubt the author knows more about this subject than anyone else who has written on it. His research was rigorous and extensive; his discovery of my involvement is a good example.
Jay Cristol performed a keyword search of the congressional record and found a small reference to the Liberty in my biography. This information was appended to the record after I had testified on the Montgomery G.I. Bill, a totally unrelated subject. He subsequently called me, and the narrative on pages 71 and 72 accurately recounts my role with the small exception that I was a lieutenant rather than a lieutenant (junior grade).