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

Ronen Bergman

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Espionage & secret services

"A remarkable feat of fearless and responsible reporting . . . important, timely, and informative."

John le Carre

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF's targeted killing programs.

AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR

'A gripping investigation of Israel's assassination policy' Sunday Times
'Remarkable' Observer
'Riveting' Daily Mail
'Compelling' John le Carre

Shortlisted for the Airey Neave Memorial Book Prize

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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Praise for Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations

  • 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 a compelling read whatever your point of view. - John le Carre

  • A gripping investigation of Israel's assassination policy - Sunday Times

  • Remarkable - Observer

  • A masterpiece! Only Ronen Bergman's extraordinary research could have achieved it - Christopher Andrew, author of 'The Defence of the Realm: The Authorised History of MI5'

  • Exciting, sometimes moving and always considered...Not only is Bergman's book a stunning feat of research and a riveting read, it is also testament to the author's personal courage - Sunday Times

  • The Israeli government did its best to prevent Bergman from writing this ...fascinating new book about the history of Israeli assassinations, published during Israel's seventieth anniversary year. Rise and Kill First not only sheds light on that most secretive of subjects, Israel's intelligence services, but also has wider significance: how and why a state uses extra-judicial killing, and the consequences of doing so. - TLS

  • Terrific ... It's easy to understand why Bergman's book is already a bestseller. 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. - The New York Times Book Review

  • An exceptional work, a humane book about an incendiary subject - New York Times

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