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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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Advance praise for Rise and Kill First

Rise and Kill First is 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

“Absolutely revelatory, Bergman’s history of Israel’s targeted killings leaves few secrets in the closet. Reading this book is like devouring a John le Carré spy thriller with endnotes, but Bergman also grapples with the hard questions and ultimately writes a tragic story of endless tactical victories leading to a strategic dead end. Anyone who cares about the fate of Israel and Palestine must devour this formidable history.”—Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames and director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY Graduate Center

Rise and Kill First is the most impressive book I have seen on the subject and the first one written using real research rather than a fictional narrative. At its center is the inevitable clash between the right of a democracy to defend itself—the measures we’ve been obliged to take in order to protect citizens of the State of Israel—and other values and rights. Bergman’s ability to reach sources inside Western intelligence communities is amazing (and, I must say, also a little disturbing). With so many different participants in the events recounted here, there’s always the danger of having a Rashomon effect—each individual having his own distinct point of view—but Bergman has done some impressive reporting and cross-checking to re-create these secret historical events in the best possible way.”—Tamir Pardo, chief of the Mossad, 2011–2016

“A real-life thriller . . . In a confident and eloquent voice, Ronen Bergman gives the reader a glance through veils of secrecy into the world of international clandestine operations, where Israel has to fight for its survival, making tough choices and following through on them with decisive and sometimes deadly action.”—Ehud Barak, former prime minister, defense minister, and chief of staff of Israel

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