'A gripping investigation of Israel's assassination policy' Sunday Times
'Riveting' Daily Mail
'Compelling' John le Carré
Winner of 2018 National Jewish Book Award
From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, the instinct to take every measure to defend the Jewish people has been hardwired into Israel's DNA. This is the riveting inside account of the targeted assassinations that have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes pre-emptively.
Rise and Kill First counts their successes, failures and the moral and political price exacted on those who carried out the missions which have shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East and the entire world.
'Exciting, sometimes moving and always considered ... a stunning feat of research and a riveting read' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
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- Verlag: John Murray Press
- Seitenzahl: 760
- Erscheinungstermin: 26.07.2018
- ISBN-13: 9781473694729
- Artikelnr.: 53352064
This remarkable account of Israel s targeted-killing programs is the product of nearly eight years of research into what is arguably the most secretive and impenetrable intelligence community in the world. Bergman, an investigative reporter and military analyst, interviewed hundreds of insiders, including assassins, and obtained thousands of classified documents. The New Yorker
America s difficult relationship with targeted killing and the dilemmas we may face in the future are beautifully illuminated by the longer story of Israel s experiences with assassination in its own endless war against terrorism. . . . Americans now have a terrific new introduction to that story with publication of Ronen Bergman s Rise and Kill First. . . . It moves at a torrid pace and tells stories that would make Jason Bourne sit up and say Wow! It is smart, thoughtful and balanced, and the English translation is superb. It deserves all of the plaudits it has already received. The New York Times Book Review
Blending history and investigative reporting, Bergman never loses sight of the ethical questions that arise when a state, founded as a refuge for a stateless people who were targets of a genocide, decides it needs to kill in order to survive. . . . This book is full of shocking moments, surprising disturbances in a narrative full of fateful twists and unintended consequences. The New York Times
Authoritative . . . a chilling portrait of the evolution of the assassination program . . . Bergman has a reputation as an indefatigable journalist who has developed hundreds of informed sources in the defense establishment over the past two decades. . . . Since World War II, Bergman calculates, the Jewish state and its pre-state paramilitary organizations have assassinated more people than any other country in the Western world. The Washington Post
A must-read . . . [Bergman is] Israel s premier chronicler of the country s principal spy services the Mossad (Israel s CIA), Shin Bet (its internal security organ) and Aman (military intelligence). Newsweek
A textured history of the personalities and tactics of the various secret services . . . makes the case that Israel has used assassination in the place of war, killing half a dozen Iranian nuclear scientists, for instance, rather than launching a military attack . . . [Bergman] says that while the [United States] has tighter constraints on its agents than does Israel, President George W. Bush adopted many Israeli techniques after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and President Barack Obama launched several hundred targeted killings. Bloomberg
Leading any list of notable nonfiction books Jewish or not must be Ronen Bergman s Rise and Kill First, a massive and extravagantly well-sourced history of the use of the tool of assassination by Israel s intelligence services. . . . One s mouth is often agape with amazement, even shock, while reading. Haaretz