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Surprise, Kill, Vanish

The Definitive History of Secret CIA Assassins, Armies and Operators
Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

The definitive, character-driven history of CIA covert operations and US 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.  

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 best-selling 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 US President may go, covertly but lawfully, to pursue the nation's interests.

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©2019 Anne M. Jacobsen (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Fascinating stories, but terrible narration.

Sadly the terrible narrator lets this book down. Amazing research into the stories, let down by terrible mispronunciation. I literally cringed at them. Arisaig for example, pronounced in the book as airsage.

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Eye opening and really interesting

Really informative and easy to listen to. This author really knows her stuff. It amazing how many near misses there have been over the years which are never told to the media.
If you're into CIA and spy type stuff, this book is for you.

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A blooming good book that's narrated very well.

Amazing insight into the creation, operations and Modus operandi of the CIA. Truly fascinating. I practically listened to it all in one sitting.

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  • dante larsson
  • 25-05-19

Best book

Really gets into the hidden hand the Cia has everywhere in the world. So great!