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Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Definitive History of Secret CIA Assassins, Armies and Operators

Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Definitive History of Secret CIA Assassins, Armies and Operators (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Jacobsen, Annie

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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-operation...s 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. When diplomacy fails and overt military action is not feasible, the President often calls on the Special Activities Division, the most secretive and lowest-profile branch of the CIA. It is this paramilitary team that undertakes dramatic and little-known assignments: hostage rescues, sabotage, and, of course, assassinations. 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.
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ISBN 9781529378535
Released NZ 28 May 2019
Publisher John Murray Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781529378535
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher John Murray Press
Imprint John Murray Publishers Ltd
Released 28 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Jacobsen, Annie
Category World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
Military History
Political Leaders & Leadership
Espionage & Secret Services
Military Intelligence
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 560
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 46mm
Dewey Code 327.1273
Weight 720g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text International Relations
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade

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