My Dark Secret

I've received a ton of e-mail over the past week similar to this one:

Now that your secret past as an Israeli soldier has been brought out by several bloggers, can you explain why you lied to your readers and your editors at the Atlantic about it?

And this one:

I was wondering if you could enlighten your readers with a complete BIO. Since you
obviously have nothing to hide this would be a chance for the general public to truly
appreciate your point of view. Be sure to include your time living in Israel and your
devoted service to the IDF.  A stalwart patriot such as yourself, should be proud
of your years of dedication and devoted service.

Busted! You got me. I did serve in the Israeli army 20 years ago, and I have tried to keep it a secret, except for that one occasion when I wrote a book about it, and went on television and a national speaking tour to promote the book. The book is called "Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror," and you can buy the paperback, with a new foreword, here (for only $10.17!) and you can download it to your Kindle here. The book is a couple of years old now, but still relevant, I think. It received generally great reviews (you can read some of them here), and I would ask Goldblog readers  to buy the book in order to help expose my shameful secrets.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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