Assassination Business A History of State-Sponsored Murder

ISBN-10: 0786713437
ISBN-13: 9780786713431
Edition: N/A
Authors: Richard Belfield
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Description: The cost of a bullet can be as little as eight cents. Assassination has long been more common than anyone (particularly anyone in government) likes to admit-it is the great-untold secret at the heart of the nation-state. As President George W. Bush  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 6/16/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

The cost of a bullet can be as little as eight cents. Assassination has long been more common than anyone (particularly anyone in government) likes to admit-it is the great-untold secret at the heart of the nation-state. As President George W. Bush continues to introduce Hollywood cowboy terminology like "dead or alive" and "bring it on" into our international political discourse, we are entering a new era of assassination where the "eight-cent option" has been given a new and disquieting legitimacy. Belfield' s darkly fascinating exposé of the business, its hired killers, and their paymasters, includes excerpts from CIA, Al-Qaeda, and Soviet assassination manuals. Placing the most important hits of our time in their proper historical context and examining the business from a remarkably objective yet honest standpoint, Belfield shows how assassinations, while posited by governments and the United Nations as random, isolated acts of violence, are in fact quietly sanctioned examples of ruthlessly strategic statecraft. He offers an eye-opening account of how Kennedy made the Vietnam War inevitable by the elimination of President Diem; and clear evidence of assassinations where the official version simply is not true, including those of Bobby Kennedy, Yitzhak Rabin, and WPC Yvonne Fletcher.

Richard Belfield is an award-winning television producer/director, author and playwright. His television programmes have won prizes on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as Terminate With Extreme Prejudice he is the author of Can You Crack the Enigma Code? He is a Director of Fulcrum TV.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Planning
Never Write Anything Down
Be Careful When You Choose Your Assassin
Assassinate One, Terrify a Thousand
Execution
Keep It Tight
Get Someone Else to Do Your Dirty Work
Cover-Up
Get Your Cover Story Straight
Whenever You Can, Set Up a Patsy
Beware the Powers at Work
Aftermath
Decide What You Want to Achieve
Always Consider the Alternative
The Unbroken Chain - From Sadat to the World Trade Centre
Epilogue
General Principles in Assassination Science
'Conference Room Technique' from CIA assassination manual
Notes
Index

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