My Dark Secret

By Jeffrey Goldberg

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.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/08/my-dark-secret/61636/