Coverart for item
The Resource Surprise, kill, vanish : the secret history of CIA paramilitary armies, operators, and assassins, Annie Jacobsen

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

Label
Surprise, kill, vanish : the secret history of CIA paramilitary armies, operators, and assassins
Title
Surprise, kill, vanish
Title remainder
the secret history of CIA paramilitary armies, operators, and assassins
Statement of responsibility
Annie Jacobsen
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Surprise... your target. Kill... your enemy. Vanish... without a trace. From Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen, the untold story of the CIA's secret paramilitary units. When diplomacy fails, and war is unwise, the president calls on the CIA's Special Activities Division, a highly-classified branch of the CIA and the most effective, black operations force in the world. Originally known as the president's guerrilla warfare corps, SAD conducts risky and ruthless operations that have evolved over time to defend America from its enemies. Almost every American president since World War II has asked the CIA to conduct sabotage, subversion and, yes, assassination. With unprecedented access to forty-two men and women who proudly and secretly worked on CIA covert operations from the dawn of the Cold War to the present day, along with declassified documents and deep historical research, Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen unveils--like never before--a complex world of individuals working in treacherous environments populated with killers, connivers and saboteurs. Despite Hollywood notions of off-book operations and external secret hires, covert action is actually one piece in a colossal foreign policy machine. Written with the pacing of a thriller, Surprise, Kill, Vanish brings to vivid life the sheer pandemonium and chaos, as well as the unforgettable human will to survive and the intellectual challenge of not giving up hope that define paramilitary and intelligence work. Jacobsen's exclusive interviews--with members of the CIA's Senior Intelligence Service (equivalent to the Pentagon's generals), its counterterrorism chiefs, targeting officers, and Special Activities Division's Ground Branch operators who conduct today's close-quarters killing operations around the world--reveal, for the first time, the enormity of this shocking, controversial and morally complex terrain. Is the CIA's paramilitary army America's weaponized strength, or a liability to its principled standing in the world? Every operation reported in this book, however unsettling, is legal
Cataloging source
IG$
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jacobsen, Annie
Dewey number
327.1273009
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
JK468.I6
LC item number
J34 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Intelligence service
  • Espionage
  • Assassination
  • United States
  • Assassination
  • Espionage
  • Intelligence service
  • United States
Label
Surprise, kill, vanish : the secret history of CIA paramilitary armies, operators, and assassins, Annie Jacobsen
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 459-475) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
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
Control code
on1099524601
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 545 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780316441438
Lccn
2018966018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1099524601
Label
Surprise, kill, vanish : the secret history of CIA paramilitary armies, operators, and assassins, Annie Jacobsen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 459-475) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
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
Control code
on1099524601
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 545 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780316441438
Lccn
2018966018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1099524601

Library Locations

    • Hurst Public LibraryBorrow it
      901 Precinct Line Rd, Hurst, TX, 76053, US
      32.826276 -97.18712459999999
Processing Feedback ...