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Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations by Ronen Bergman

Posted at — Nov 18, 2019

Names, places, dates, outcomes. Hundreds of them, maybe. This is a very detail-rich history of the Mossad, IDF, and friends. The reader gets an unbelievable level of access to their operations, conversations and deliberations.

Many operations fail, or succeed only to lead to an even worse situation. And then it gets even worse as chapters go by. More violence, more irreversible mistakes, higher pressure, higher stakes, when will it end? Well, it doesn’t. The book leaves off in 2016 after taking the reader all the way from the beginning of 1900s. No preaching, mostly just informing.

I haven’t read many history books, but this one seems special.


(784 pages, ISBN: 1400069718, Worldcat, Open Library)

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