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Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political activism > Terrorism, freedom fighters, armed struggle > Political assassinations

Oswald's Tale - An American Mystery (Paperback, Trade ed.): Norman Mailer Oswald's Tale - An American Mystery (Paperback, Trade ed.)
Norman Mailer
R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Out of stock

In perhaps his most important literary feat, Norman Mailer fashions an unprecedented portrait of one of the great villains--and enigmas--in United States history. Here is Lee Harvey Oswald--his family background, troubled marriage, controversial journey to Russia, and return to an "America waiting] for him like an angry relative whose eyes glare in the heat." Based on KGB and FBI transcripts, government reports, letters and diaries, and Mailer's own international research, this is an epic account of a man whose cunning, duplicity, and self-invention were both at home in and at odds with the country he forever altered.
Praise for "Oswald's Tale"
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"America's largest mystery has found its greatest interpreter."--"The Washington Post Book World"
"Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance. . . . From the American master conjurer of dark and swirling purpose, a moving reflection."--Robert Stone, "The New York Review of Books"
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"A narrative of tremendous energy and panache; the author at the top of his form."--Christopher Hitchens, "Financial Times"
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"The performance of an author relishing the force and reach of his own acuity."--Martin Amis, "The Sunday Times "(London)
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Praise for Norman Mailer
" Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation."--"The New York Times"
"A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent."--"The New Yorker"
"Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure."--"The Washington Post"
"A devastatingly alive and original creative mind."--"Life"
"Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance."--"The New York Review of Books"
"The largest mind and imagination in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book."--"Chicago Tribune"
"Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream."--"The Cincinnati Post"

The Kennedy Conspiracy (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed): Anthony Summers The Kennedy Conspiracy (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed)
Anthony Summers
R200 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R40 (20%) Out of stock

This vividly written probe of the Kennedy assassination, internationally acclaimed when first published, has been massively revised and updated. It includes the revelations resulting from recent releases of documents long withheld by US intelligence agencies. The author produces fresh information on the deceptions of the CIA; Oswald's trip to Mexico City shortly before the assassination; new information on nefarious activity in New Orleans; the botched autopsy of the President's body.

A Mouthful Of Glass (Paperback, New edition): Henk Van Woerden A Mouthful Of Glass (Paperback, New edition)
Henk Van Woerden; Translated by Dan Jacobson
R205 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R41 (20%) Out of stock

A short, tough story of an assassin - the man who killed Hendrick Verwoed, the racist prime minister of South Africa, in 1966. Born in Mozambique of a Greek father and African mother, Demitrios Tsafendas was a man lost between the races, maddened by not knowing who or what he was. He thought he was white until his father abandoned him. He then discovered he was 'coloured'. He spent twenty-five years wandering the world looking for a home, growing stranger and more desperate. In 1965 he arrived in South Africa and got a job as a messenger in the parliament building - a job reserved for whites. Then he bought a knife.

Age of Assassins - The Loners, Idealists and Fanatics Who Conspired to Change the World (Paperback, Main): Michael Newton Age of Assassins - The Loners, Idealists and Fanatics Who Conspired to Change the World (Paperback, Main)
Michael Newton 1
R325 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R65 (20%) Out of stock

These were the crimes that were meant to change the world, and sometimes did. The book connects the killing of the Kennedys or the murder that sparked the First World War with less well-known stories, such as the Berlin shooting of an instigator of the Armenian genocide or the attack on an American 'robber baron'. Taking in Malcolm X and Queen Victoria, Adolf Hitler and Andy Warhol, Charles Manson and Emma Goldman, Tsars, Presidents, and pop stars, Age of Assassins traces the process that turned thought into action and murder into an icon. In tackling the history of political violence, the book is unique in its range and attention to detail, summoning up an age of assassination that is far from over.

Legitimate Target - A Criteria-Based Approach to Targeted Killing (Hardcover): Amos Guiora Legitimate Target - A Criteria-Based Approach to Targeted Killing (Hardcover)
Amos Guiora
R2,115 Discovery Miles 21 150 Out of stock

Targeted killings represent both the contemporary weapon of choice and, clearly, the weapon of the future. From the perspective of the nation-state, the benefits of targeted killing are clear: aggressive measures against identified targets can be carried out with minimal, if any, risk to soldiers. But while the threat to soldiers is minimal, there are other risks that must be considered. Particularly, there is a high possibility of collateral damage as well as legitimate concerns regarding how a target is defined. Clearly broad legal, moral, and operational issues are at stake when considering targeted killing. In Legitimate Target, A Criteria Based Approach to Targeted Killing, Amos Guiora proposes that targeted killing decisions must reflect consideration of four distinct elements: law, policy, morality, and operational details, thus ensuring that it complies with principles of domestic and international laws. The author, writing from both personal experience and an academic perspective, offers important criticism and insight into the policy as presently implemented, highlighting the need for a criteria based decision making process in defining and identifying a legitimate target. Legitimate Target, A Criteria-Based Approach to Targeted Killing blends concrete examples with a nuanced study of the current targeted killing paradigm with an emphasis on the dilemmas of morality and the law.

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