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

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

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 eve The definitive, character-driven history of CIA covert operations and U.S. government-sponsored assassinations, from ...

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Title:Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins
Author:Annie Jacobsen
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Genres:History
ISBN:0316441430
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:560 pages pages

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

  • Katie
    Mar 29, 2019
    Interesting read, but not really anything new or surprising. ...
  • Aaron
    Mar 31, 2019
    Per FTC rules, I received this advanced reader?s copy as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Well-researched and, clearly, Jacobsen is a talented writer who knows how to both find and tell a good story, even if that story desires to remain hidden in secrecy and obfuscation...
  • Brian Tibby
    Jun 08, 2019
    There?s a lot of good information in this book based on excellent research and interviews. However, I found a lot of the writing incredibly repetitive and the organization of the book less than ideal. Obviously the author is only able to cover areas where she had access to documents ...
  • Eric
    Apr 15, 2019
    I received this book as a free give-a-way from Goodreads Giveaways. I have never been disappointed by Jacobsen's writings, and this one does did not disappoint. This read was one that was hard to put down. If you're interested in paramilitary/special ops history, this book is for you! ...
  • Bryn Dunham
    Jun 26, 2019
    This is an excellent book about the use of and evolution of covert operations and policy from WWII to present (as the title itself suggests). I was surprised of how in depth it was. I expected a superficial "action-junkie-armchair-general" assessment but it was far from it. Enlightenin...
  • Annie Jacobsen
    Mar 06, 2019
    My new book coming out in May! ...
  • Eric
    Jul 16, 2019
    First time reading an Annie Jacobsen book. Quite the surprise considering I thought the length alone would deter me. One of the rare finds where I only meant to read a chapter or two a day, and ended up with six or more. Her research, access and ability to write a thorough and, dare I ...
  • Gary
    Jun 26, 2019
    Let me begin by saying that while most of the reviews of this book on Goodreads are positive, if you hop on over to Amazon, you'll see some very negative reviews in the mix. Let me start by addressing those. This is not, strictly speaking, a biography, or as a couple Amazon reviewers n...
  • Aaron
    Apr 08, 2019
    A remarkable narrative on the history of the CIA with numerous interviews, first hand accounts and a bibliography filling several pages. If you seek an unbiased account of the shadowy world of espionage in the United States, this book delivers. Without bias or blame, the political aspe...
  • Rob
    May 31, 2019
    Hard to put down, Jacobsen has done an outstanding job bringing to life historical events that are an important part of our country?s prior military operations and fight against terrorism. Jacobsen has done her homework, seeking out recently declassified material that answers a lot o...
  • Evan
    Jun 06, 2019
    I had mixed feelings about this book. I read Ronen Bergman's "Rise and Kill First, The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations" a few months ago. It seemed as though he had much detail about every operation that he covered. It covers just about the same time period as Jacobs...
  • Sasha
    Mar 22, 2019
    First I would like to state that I have received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I...
  • Jon
    Jun 27, 2019
    Very well written and engaging. I thought this was a great book but few minor errors really agitated me. The author states that President John F Kennedy held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.... JFK was in the Navy and served until being a Lieutenant- Lieutenant Colonel is not a Navy ran...
  • Jared
    Jun 23, 2019
    ?My observation is that the more the battle machines are perfected, the greater the need in modern warfare of men calculatingly reckless with disciplined daring, who are trained for aggressive action...It will mean a return to our old tradition of the scouts, the raiders, and the ran...
  • Barry Martin Vass
    Jun 11, 2019
    It's said that American presidents have three options in their foreign-policy tool chest. The first is diplomacy. When diplomacy doesn't work for any variety of reasons, there is war. When war won't work, or is ill-advised, there is covert, "hidden-hand" operations. Surprise, Kill, Van...
  • Probably Andrew
    Jun 14, 2019
    Jacobsen's investigative story finding and telling is amazing. A must read. ...
  • Paulette Illmann
    Jun 22, 2019
    Extremely informative, in-depth, and engrossing, this book took me a while to get through, but only because it contained so much information. I would really like to read Area 51 by the same author in the near future. ...
  • Jordan Larsen
    Jul 01, 2019
    Within the cloak and dagger world of geo-political warfare, there exists an elite few sworn to defend their countries interests in the name of national security and survival. Comprised of elements from the CIA and elite Paramilitary units such as Delta Force, these top-secret operative...
  • Amber
    Jun 04, 2019
    Annie Jacobson never disappoints! She resides on a very short list of authors with books I will purchase without even knowing the content of. She is that thorough, open and honest, and unbiased. ...
  • Liz
    Apr 21, 2019
    A few years ago I visited the memorial and what is currently occupying the small village of Lidice in the Czech Republic and learned the horrific details of an assassination of a Nazi general during WWII. Then, on another vacation trip, I visited Guatemala and our guide recounted the s...
  • John Carey
    Jun 18, 2019
    Cinematic overview of US "covert operations." Some professional reviews have slighted the book, claiming it lacks in breadth and accuracy. These "well-technically"s miss that this book gives a lay reader an really engaging history and a thread to tie it together. This high-level thread...
  • William Mehl
    May 10, 2019
    Won this on Goodreads. This non fiction book is stunning. The time and research to write this must have been unnerving. To say the least I am shocked to read about what you don't read in your local papers. Our world is on fire, and I don't believe there is a fire department big enoug...
  • Nick Harriday
    Jun 01, 2019
    Wow, this was a seriously great read. If you have any interest in these sorts of things, I couldn't reccomend it more ...
  • Rick Pitterle
    May 23, 2019
    Like her other offerings, this book from Annie Jacobsen does not disappoint. Exciting from start to finish and clearly well researched. I feel like I've been taken behind locked doors to get a glimpse of our government's intelligence service. My only disappointment was that, after b...
  • Monica
    May 08, 2019
    I won this on a Goodreads Giveaway for my honest opinion. Even though it took me awhile to read, because I have been sick, it is an interesting book. A nonfiction about some of the things the CIA has done for America since its inception. Sometimes war is not the answer and the Presi...
  • EAM
    Apr 11, 2019
    Wow. This book is a little like a whirlwind overview of American CIA and global political history since 1941. Jacobson's book is well researched and her writing style is clear and fast-paced. As a reader, that's exactly the kind of style you want if you're planning to get through a boo...
  • Tom Callahan
    May 26, 2019
    Received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway, and very glad I did. I will enthusiastically recommend it to all of my friends! Jacobsen's book is dense, detailed and comprehensive. It is nothing short of amazing - thorough and reliable enough to be a new textbook on CIA assassination ope...
  • Adam
    Jun 12, 2019
    Could not stop, once I started this book. Recommended to me by a friend and former CIA employee, this book delivered 100% on expectation. I can see why it has captured curious outside readers like me while also satisfying readers from the inside who would certainly absorb these storie...
  • Christopher Speer
    Jul 12, 2019
    Incredible read. If you enjoy history that blends with current politics this is the book for you. Ever heard of the OSS in WWII? How about the Bush, Obama, and Trump ideology towards drone strikes and targeted killing? Very, very, very insightful and worth the read. ...
  • 11811 (Eleven)
    Apr 30, 2019
    The CIA has a really bad habit of recruiting double agents. It's shocking how many operations went awry because of spies we mistakenly thought were working for us. This is the fifth book I've read by Annie Jacobsen. The common theme among all of them is they are based on recently d...