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Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman

Rise and Kill First

Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman
Jan 30, 2018 | 784 Pages
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“In a remarkable feat of fearless and responsible reporting, Ronen Bergman has set out in incontestable detail the history and scale of Israel’s use of extrajudicial killing as an instrument of defense and foreign policy. His material is stark and sensational, but he steers a steady course through it, even pausing along the way to debate the effectiveness and morality of his subject. The result is important, timely, and informative, and a compelling read whatever your point of view.”—John le Carré

“An exceptional work, a humane book about an incendiary subject. Blending history and investigative reporting, [Ronen] 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

“The first comprehensive look at Israel’s use of state-sponsored killings . . . a textured history of the personalities and tactics of the various secret services . . . based on 1,000 interviews and thousands of documents . . . 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

“Hands down the best book I’ve read on intelligence, Israel, and, for that matter, the Middle East . . . I lived many of the events Ronen Bergman recounts from the inside, but only now do I have a full picture of what really went on. Impeccably sourced and astoundingly well reported, this page-turning book is indispensable for understanding Israel’s fight for survival, with a revelation on every page.”—Robert Baer, author of See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism

“This is an astonishing book on targeted assassination in the name of the state. Tremendous reporting and writing make Rise and Kill First the definitive work on a secret and ceaseless war.”—Tim Weiner, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

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