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Surprise, kill, vanish : the secret history of CIA paramilitary armies, operators, and assassins

Author: Annie Jacobsen
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and Company, 2020. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Back Bay trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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From the dawn of the Cold War to the present day, when diplomacy has failed and war is unwise, the President has called on the CIA's Special Activities Division -- a highly classified branch of the CIA and the most effective, top-secret killing machine in the world. With unprecedented access tot he CIA's Senior Intelligence Service -- it's counterterrorism chiefs, targeting officers, and ground operators who conduct  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Annie Jacobsen
ISBN: 9780316441421 0316441422
OCLC Number: 1197072639
Description: xiii, 544 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: Part I : 1941 An office for ungentlemanly warfare --
Tertia Optio --
Surprise attack in Korea --
Special forces --
Ruin and rule in Guatemala --
Kings, shahs, monarchs, and madmen --
The KGB's office of liquid affairs --
Green light --
The special group --
Part II : 1961 An assassination capability --
JFK, KIA --
The studies and observations group --
Kill or capture --
Green Berets --
Revenge --
Colonel Qaddafi's Libya --
Part III : 1981 Reagan's preemptive neutralization --
Parachute assassins, Saddam Hussein, and Osama bin Laden --
Operation love storm --
Carlos the jackal --
The engineer --
Part IV : 2001 War in Afghanistan --
Poke the bear --
War in Iraq --
Imad Mugniyah --
The moral twilight zone --
Just war --
The hidden hand.
Responsibility: Annie Jacobsen.

Abstract:

From the dawn of the Cold War to the present day, when diplomacy has failed and war is unwise, the President has called on the CIA's Special Activities Division -- a highly classified branch of the CIA and the most effective, top-secret killing machine in the world. With unprecedented access tot he CIA's Senior Intelligence Service -- it's counterterrorism chiefs, targeting officers, and ground operators who conduct today's close-quarters killing operations around the world -- this book unveils a complex world of individuals working in treacherous environments populated with killers, connivers and politicians. Following this global history of ruthless operations of sabotage, subversion and even assassination, Annie Jacobsen reveals for the first time the sheer depth of this shocking, controversial and morally complex division.

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