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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.
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 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.
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.
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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