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Annie Jacobson - Surprise, Kill, Vanish (2nd Hand Paperback)

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Subtitled : The Definitive History of Secret CIA Assassins, Armies & Operators.

The USA Today Bestseller.

Surprise... your target.

Kill... your enemy.

Vanish... without a trace.

The definitive, character-driven history of CIA covert operations and U.S. government-sponsored assassinations, from the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon's Brain.

Since 1947, domestic and foreign assassinations have been executed under the CIA-led covert action operations team. Before that time, responsibility for taking out America's enemies abroad was even more shrouded in mystery. Despite Hollywood notions of last-minute rogue-operations and external secret hires, covert action is actually a cog in a colossal foreign policy machine, moving through, among others, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the House and Senate Select Committees. At the end of the day, it is the President, not the CIA, who is singularly in charge.

For the first time, Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author Annie Jacobsen takes us deep inside this top-secret history. With unparalleled access to former operatives, ambassadors, and even past directors of the Secret Service and CIA operations, Jacobsen reveals the inner workings of these teams, and just how far a U.S. president may go, covertly but lawfully, to pursue the nation's interests.

  • Format : Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - War & Civil War
  • Published : 2019 (This Edition 2020 - John Murray)
  • ISBN : 9781529378559
  • SKU : B003278
  • PPC : SP450gm
  • RRP : £12.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

'As fast paced as a thriller' - Fred Burton, Sword Podcast.

'Jacobsen here presents a tour de force exploring the CIA's paramilitary activities, this excellent work feels like uncovering the tip of the iceberg . . . Highly recommended for those seeking a better understanding of American foreign policy in action' - Jacob Sherman, Library Journal.

'A behind-the-scenes look at the most shadowy corners of the American intelligence community. Well-sourced and well-paced, this book is full of surprises' - Kirkus.

'Annie Jacobsen takes us inside the darkest and most morally ambiguous corner of our government, where politicians ask brave men and women to kill - up close and personal - on America's behalf' - Garrett M. Graff, author of Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself - While the Rest of us Die.

'This is a first rate book on the CIA, its paramilitary armies, operators, and assassins' - New York Journal of Books.

'Having already demonstrated her remarkable aptitude for unearthing government secrets in books like Area 51 (2011) and The Pentagon's Brain (2015), Jacobsen pulls back the curtain on the history of covert warfare and state sanctioned assassinations from WWII to the present . . . Jacobsen's work revealing a poorly understood but essential slice of warfare history belongs in every library collection' - Booklist.

The Author

Annie Jacobsen is an American investigative journalist, author, and a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist. She writes for and produces television programs, including Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan for Amazon Studios, and Clarice for CBS. She was a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine from 2009 until 2012.

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