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

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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...
  • Erik Graff
    Jul 25, 2019
    This is hardly the definitive story of CIA special operations. Rather, it discusses the activities of regular military special forces as well as comparable activities by agents of foreign powers. What seems to have occurred is that Jacobsen became close to a couple of guys who did work...
  • 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! ...
  • Joe
    Oct 02, 2019
    While the writing was decent, I was dissatisfied with the book. It?s essentially a recounting if many ?hidden hand ?operations. I think I was dissatisfied because I want to understand the value or lack of value in these operations more so than what took place. And of course, the ...
  • Shannon
    Sep 22, 2019
    Not a bad book, and I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could. I do have a few quibbles, though. The book is extremely episodic. I had assumed from the subtitle that it was a comprehensive, at least as much as possible for the CIA, history of the CIA paramilitary operations. Nope. Instead it is...
  • Randal White
    Oct 08, 2019
    Fascinating! Could not put this one down. Excellent writing, excellent story! ...
  • Nick Swanson
    Aug 25, 2019
    I was extremely disappointed in this book. Rather than being a history of CIA?s Special Activities Division as the cover jacket advertised, it focused on Billy Waugh, a single CIA contractor. While interesting, Billy Waugh?s story has already been written about in numerous other bo...
  • 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 ...
  • Jerome
    Aug 25, 2019
    A readable, mostly well-researched history of America?s use of assassination in foreign policy, both in wartime and in covert action. Jacobsen?s narrative is engaging and crafted around people. She covers the origins and history of the CIA?s paramilitary branch (often using Bi...
  • 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...
  • David Lucero
    Aug 03, 2019
    A fascinating, compelling look into how American politics has evolved in its effectiveness in fighting the war on terror. Author Annie Jacobsen's novel, 'Surprise, Kill, Vanish,' covers how America fought clandestine, behind-the-lines, covert, and tackling the delicate issue of assa...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Christy
    Aug 04, 2019
    Gripping! Though dinged one star for the author's style. Many times the story got sidelined into two or more supporting stories. It was hard to follow the main idea for all the details. She also repeats herself from time to time. Regardless, this book is awesome. Does not take sides b...
  • John Spiller
    Aug 18, 2019
    3.5 Stars. Contrary to the description, I do not think this book should be considered "definitive" on any aspect of CIA "hidden hand" operations. "Surprise, Kill, Vanish" serves as an introductory primer into CIA paramilitary activities. The depth in which Jacobsen covers certain su...
  • 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...
  • Steven Hatfield
    Aug 20, 2019
    I am sorry this story has been told over and over from wild bill to macho man the agency deserves a lot better than this the ancient Hebrews have said it best if your enemy rises up to kill you Rise Up and Kill First now there is an old lesson well learned sorry did not enough your sto...
  • 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...
  • 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...