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

The Lincoln Assassination Riddle - Revisiting the Crime of the Nineteenth Century (Hardcover): Frank J. Williams, Michael... The Lincoln Assassination Riddle - Revisiting the Crime of the Nineteenth Century (Hardcover)
Frank J. Williams, Michael Burkhimer
R818 R739 Discovery Miles 7 390 Save R79 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Most Americans are aware that their sixteenth president was mortally wounded by a man named Booth at a Washington theater in April 1865. These are facts that nobody can dispute. However, a closer look at this history-changing catastrophe raises questions that have still not been fully answered. The passing of the 150th anniversary of the United States' first presidential assassination is an ideal time for students and scholars to consider these questions. The Lincoln Assassination Riddle explores the persistent mysteries of the assassination with contributions from leading experts-Burrus M. Carnahan, Joan L. Chaconas, Michael S. Green, Michael Kauffman, Betsy J. Ownsbey, Edward Steers Jr., Tom Turner, and others-who approach the crime from a variety of perspectives. Each focuses on one controversial or compelling topic-among them the extent of the conspiracy to kill President Lincoln, whether Lincoln can be regarded as a martyr to voting rights, a new analysis of John Wilkes Booth and his relationship with the Confederate government and how it affected the plot, the forensics of Lincoln's death, and whether modern medicine could have saved the president. Also included are important discussions of Booth's escape route in southern Maryland and its effects on the assassination. Controversial figures like Louis Weichmann and Mary and John Surratt are profiled and the evidence against them examined. There is little doubt that the assassination of Abraham Lincoln changed the course of American history in ways we are still dealing with today. The course of racial justice in the United States was forever altered by Booth's bullet. This volume will challenge and delight readers who are interested in getting to know everything they canabout this epic and tragic event and in untangling the riddle of the Lincoln assassination.

Lincoln's Final Hours - Conspiracy, Terror, and the Assassination of America's Greatest President (Paperback):... Lincoln's Final Hours - Conspiracy, Terror, and the Assassination of America's Greatest President (Paperback)
Kathryn Canavan
R411 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R21 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When John Wilkes Booth fired his derringer point-blank into President Abraham Lincoln's head, he set in motion a series of dramatic consequences that would upend the lives of ordinary Washingtonians and Americans alike. In a split second, the story of a nation was changed. During the hours that followed, America's future would hinge on what happened in a cramped back bedroom at Petersen's Boardinghouse, directly across the street from Ford's Theatre. There, a twenty-three-year-old surgeon -- fresh out of medical school -- struggled to keep the president alive while Mary Todd Lincoln moaned at her husband's bedside. In Lincoln's Final Hours, author Kathryn Canavan takes a magnifying glass to the last moments of the president's life and to the impact his assassination had on a country still reeling from a bloody civil war. With vivid, thoroughly researched prose and a reporter's eye for detail, this fast-paced account not only furnishes a glimpse into John Wilkes Booth's personal and political motivations but also illuminates the stories of ordinary people whose lives were changed forever by the assassination. While countless works on the Lincoln assassination exist, Lincoln's Final Hours moves beyond the well-known traditional accounts, offering readers a front-row seat to the drama and horror of Lincoln's death by putting them in the shoes of the audience in Ford's Theatre that dreadful evening. Through her careful narration of the twists of fate that placed the president in harm's way, of the plotting conversations Booth had with his accomplices, and of the immediate aftermath of the assassination, Canavan illustrates how the experiences of a single night changed the course of history.

Killing King - Racial Terrorists, James Earl Ray, and the Plot to Assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. (Hardcover): Stuart... Killing King - Racial Terrorists, James Earl Ray, and the Plot to Assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. (Hardcover)
Stuart Wexler, Larry Hancock
R528 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R92 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Published in time for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Killing King uncovers previously unknown FBI files and sources, as well as new forensics to convincingly make the case that King was assassinated by a long-simmering conspiracy orchestrated by the racial terrorists who were responsible for the Mississippi Burning murders. This explosive book details the long-simmering effort by a group of the nation's most violent racial terrorists to kill Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Killing King convincingly makes the case that while James Earl Ray was part of the assassination plot to kill King, the preponderance of evidence also demonstrates a clear and well-orchestrated conspiracy. Thoroughly researched and impeccably documented, the book reveals a network of racist militants led by Sam Bowers, head of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi, who were dedicated to the cause of killing King. The White Knights were formed in the cauldron of anti-integrationist resistance that was Mississippi in the early 1960s and were responsible for more than three hundred separate acts of violence, including the infamous Mississippi Burning murders. The authors have located previously unknown FBI files and sources that detail a White Knight bounty offer, information from an individual who carried money for the assassination, and forensics information regarding unmatched fingerprints and an audio recording of an admission that a key suspect obtained a weapon to be used in killing King. For years, Americans have debated issues with this crime. With Killing King, we are ever closer to an accurate understanding of how and why Dr. King was killed.

On the Trail of the Assassins - One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy (Paperback): Jim Garrison On the Trail of the Assassins - One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy (Paperback)
Jim Garrison
R329 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R47 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The New York Times Bestseller. about the search for the assassins of JFK. "Garrison's book presents the most powerful detailed case yet made that President Kennedy's assassination was the product of a conspiracy, and that the plotters and key operators came not from the Mob, but the CIA."-Norman Mailer More than fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his murder continues to haunt the American psyche and stands as a turning point in our nation's history. The Warren Commission rushed out its report in 1964, but questions continue to linger: Was there a conspiracy? Was there a coup at the highest levels of government? On March 1, 1967, New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison shocked the world by arresting local businessman Clay Shaw for conspiracy to murder the president. His alleged co-conspirator, David Ferrie, had been found dead a few days before. Garrison charged that elements of the United States government, in particular the CIA, were behind the crime. From the beginning, his probe was virulently attacked in the media and violently denounced from Washington. His office was infiltrated and sabotaged, and witnesses disappeared and died strangely. Eventually, Shaw was acquitted after the briefest of jury deliberation and the only prosecution ever brought for the murder of President Kennedy was over. On the Trail of the Assassins-the primary source material for Oliver Stone's hit film JFK-is Garrison's own account of his investigations into the background of Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of President Kennedy, and his prosecution of Clay Shaw in the trial that followed.

The Assassin's Accomplice, movie tie-in - Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln (Paperback, Media tie-in):... The Assassin's Accomplice, movie tie-in - Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln (Paperback, Media tie-in)
Kate Larson
R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In "The Assassin's Accomplice," historian Kate Clifford Larson tells the gripping story of Mary Surratt, a little-known participant in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, and the first woman ever to be executed by the federal government of the United States. Surratt, a Confederate sympathizer, ran the boarding house in Washington where the conspirators-including her rebel son, John Surratt-met to plan the assassination. When a military tribunal convicted her for her crimes and sentenced her to death, five of the nine commissioners petitioned President Andrew Johnson to show mercy on Surratt because of her sex and age. Unmoved, Johnson refused-Surratt, he said, "kept the nest that hatched the egg." Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, "The Assassin's Accomplice" tells the intricate story of the Lincoln conspiracy through the eyes of its only female participant. Based on long-lost interviews, confessions, and court testimony, the text explores how Mary's actions defied nineteenth-century norms of femininity, piety, and motherhood, leaving her vulnerable to deadly punishment historically reserved for men. A riveting narrative account of sex, espionage, and murder cloaked in the enchantments of Southern womanhood, "The Assassin's Accomplice" offers a fresh perspective on America's most famous murder.

Killing Mr Lebanon - The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and Its Impact on the Middle East (Paperback): Nicholas Blanford Killing Mr Lebanon - The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and Its Impact on the Middle East (Paperback)
Nicholas Blanford 2
R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, known as "Mr. Lebanon," was killed by a massive explosion as he drove along the Beirut seafront on February 14, 2005. A business entrepreneur, who rose from nothing to become one of the most powerful men in Lebanese politics, Hariri's assassination has incited outrage and suspicion. Nicholas Blanford investigates Hariri's past, inextricably linked with that of Lebanon, and uncovers a murky world of shifting alliances between businesses, the military, politicians and diplomats. Based on exclusive interviews with key players, he traces the last weeks of Hariri's life, and reveals who stood to gain from his death. He assesses its impact on Lebanese politics including the withdrawal of Syrian troops, Hezbollah and the peace process. Full of intrigue, shady characters, and suspense, "Killing Mr Lebanon" brings to light what the Lebanese people have clamored for since Valentine's Day 2005: "Al Haqiqa"--the truth.

No Sorrow Like Our Sorrow - Northern Protestant Ministers and the Assassination of Lincoln (Hardcover): No Sorrow Like Our Sorrow - Northern Protestant Ministers and the Assassination of Lincoln (Hardcover)
R668 R609 Discovery Miles 6 090 Save R59 (9%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Sermons as historical documents reflect the thoughts, emotions, values, prejudices, and beliefs of their time. "The more popular a preacher, the more likely it is that she or he mirrors the hopes and fears of a significant number of people," explains David B. Chesebrough in "No Sorrow like Our Sorrow." His analysis of more than 300 sermons delivered in a seven-week period following Lincoln's assassination (April 16-June 1, 1865) examines the influence of religious leaders on public opinion and policy during that turbulent period. In the days and weeks following the assassination, Americans flocked to churches in record numbers, seeking comfort, guidance, perspective, or an adequate expression of their own grief. Hundreds, sometimes thousands, had to be turned away. In the sermons they heard or read Chesebrough finds five major themes: the preachers expressed the grief they and their congregations experienced; praised the accomplishments and character of the slain president; blamed the South and the institution of slavery for the murder; demanded harsh justice upon the South, emphasizing rage, hatred, and revenge over forgiveness or conciliation; and fostered the perception of the assassination as providential. The prevalence of these themes illustrates the vital role played by Northern Protestant ministers in immortalizing Lincoln, formulating harsh Reconstruction policies toward the South, and promoting the postwar conservatism whereby institutionalism, nationalism, and conformity replaced civil disobedience and nonconformity. Readers interested in America's religious history and the influence of religion on American culture and society, as well as students of the Civil War and Reconstruction, will appreciate Chesebrough's thought-provoking analysis.

Primed for Violence - Murder, Antisemitism, and Democratic Politics in Interwar Poland (Hardcover): Paul Brykczynski Primed for Violence - Murder, Antisemitism, and Democratic Politics in Interwar Poland (Hardcover)
Paul Brykczynski
R1,599 R1,407 Discovery Miles 14 070 Save R192 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

WINNER, KULCZYCKI BOOK PRIZE IN POLISH STUDIES In 1922, the new Republic of Poland democratically elected its first president, Gabriel Narutowicz. Because his supporters included a Jewish political party, an opposing faction of antisemites demanded his resignation. Within hours, bloody riots erupted in Warsaw, and less than a week later the president was assassinated. In the wake of these events, the radical right asserted that only "ethnic Poles" should rule the country, while the left silently capitulated to this demand. As Paul Brykczynski tells this gripping story, he explores the complex role of antisemitism, nationalism, and violence in Polish politics between the two World Wars. Though focusing on Poland, the book sheds light on the rise of the antisemitic right in Europe and beyond, and on the impact of violence on political culture and discourse.

Fortune's Fool - The Life of John Wilkes Booth (Hardcover): Terry Alford Fortune's Fool - The Life of John Wilkes Booth (Hardcover)
Terry Alford
R645 R596 Discovery Miles 5 960 Save R49 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With a single shot from a pistol small enough to conceal in his hand, John Wilkes Booth catapulted into history on the night of April 14, 1865, just as he hoped. But his murder of President Abraham Lincoln - one of the most familiar events in American history - brought Booth infamy, not the acclaim he sought. Booth was remarkably different from other presidential assassins. Admired as an actor well before the tragedy at Ford's Theatre, the handsome and likeable twenty six year old was billed as "the youngest star in the world." Lincoln was among the thousands who applauded his performances. Wealth, fame, and popularity came to Booth, but they meant little compared to the turbulent actor's passion to help the South win its independence. When the war went badly for the Confederacy, he abandoned acting and plotted to abduct Lincoln and take him south as a prisoner. Booth stalked Lincoln relentlessly during the last winter of the war, only to fail time and again to capture him. As the Confederacy collapsed in April, 1865, Booth decided that the only way he could revive the South and punish the North for the war would be to murder Lincoln - whatever the cost to himself or others. How could someone so gifted and admired-someone with so much to lose-commit a crime that stunned and infuriated the nation? The first biography of Booth ever written, Fortune's Fool answers that question. Its cradle-to-grave portrait of one of America's most remarkable personalities sets it apart from other books on the Lincoln assassination. The result of a quarter-century of research into government archives, historical libraries, and family records, it brings to life the exceptionally talented and troubling individual who committed the most consequential murder in American history.

The Perfect Kill - A Personal History of Modern Assassination (Paperback): Robert Baer The Perfect Kill - A Personal History of Modern Assassination (Paperback)
Robert Baer 1
R261 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R32 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What is the definition of assassination? Robert Baer's boss at the CIA once told him, 'It's a bullet with a man's name on it.' Sometimes assassination is the senseless act of a psychotic, a bloodletting without social value. Other times, it can be the sanest and most humane way to change the course of conflict: one bullet, one death, case closed. Assassination has been dramatised by literature and politicised by infamous murders throughout history, and for Robert Baer, one of the most accomplished agents ever to work for the CIA, it's a source of endless fascination. Over several decades, Baer served as an operative, from Iraq to India and beyond. In THE PERFECT KILL, he takes us on a wildly entertaining narrative adventure through a history of political murder, interweaving his first-hand experience and his decades-long cat-and-mouse hunt for the greatest assassin of the modern age. A true maverick with an undeniably captivating personal story, Baer pulls back the curtain to give a glimpse of the underbelly of world politics, and the quiet murderers who operate on the fringe of our society.

Killing Lincoln - The Shocking Assassination That Changed America (Paperback): Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard Killing Lincoln - The Shocking Assassination That Changed America (Paperback)
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
R361 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The anchor of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history - how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfil Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased. In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth - charismatic ladies' man and impenitent racist - murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country's most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions - including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt. Featuring some of history's most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, "Killing Lincoln" is history that reads like a thriller.

Famous Assassinations in World History [2 volumes] - An Encyclopedia (Hardcover): Michael Newton Famous Assassinations in World History [2 volumes] - An Encyclopedia (Hardcover)
Michael Newton
R3,541 Discovery Miles 35 410 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Representing a unique reference tool for readers interested in history, criminology, or terrorism, this book provides the most complete and up-to-date coverage of assassinations of key figures throughout history and around the world. Effecting the death of a political figure, a leader of a nation, or a public figure usually captures people's attention. But how often is assassination effective to achieve the larger objective beyond the death of the targeted individual? Famous Assassinations in World History: An Encyclopedia offers more than 200 entries on assassinations of all kinds that will allow readers to grasp the often-complex motivating factors behind each event and better understand historical and contemporary social unrest. Each entry identifies the assassination target and summarizes that person's significance; discusses the person's assassination, including the factors that led up to it and its political and cultural contexts; and explains the powerful effects of the assassination in world history. The encyclopedia also includes various sidebars that spotlight relevant individuals, groups, and movements and present intriguing factoids such as the final disposition of notorious assassins' weapons and various films and novels that were inspired by famous assassinations. In addition, 23 primary source documents provide accounts of assassinations throughout world history. Provides timely content about past assassinations that will enable students to better understand historical and contemporary social unrest Introduces new information and theories on historic cases of assassination that in some cases afford novel interpretations of "what really happened" Establishes the links between famous or notorious social movements and political assassinations, underscoring how an individual or a small group can be motivated to commit an act of violence by the climate of their society Includes more than 20 primary source documents that provide accounts of assassinations in world history as well as numerous sidebars that augment the reading experience with interesting discussions of individuals, groups, movements, or events related to important assassinations

Yonis Last Battle - The Rescue at Entebbe, 1976 (Paperback): Iddo Netanyahu Yonis Last Battle - The Rescue at Entebbe, 1976 (Paperback)
Iddo Netanyahu
R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a gripping account of the famous operation in Entebbe, Uganda on 4 July 1976. While the nation of Israel, and Jews throughout the world, struggle with the painful realities of the current Intifada, Yoni's Last Battle by Iddo Netanyahu returns to an earlier chapter of the Arab-Israeli struggle -- to a time when the battles were more clear-cut, and genuine heroes led the charge. The date was 4 July 1976. While millions of Americans celebrated the 200th anniversary of their independence, thirty of Israel's elite commandos flew 2,000 miles to Entebbe, Uganda, under the cover of darkness, in a desperate attempt to rescue 105 Jewish and Israeli passengers hijacked by terrorists on an Air France flight. Lieutenant Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu, a courageous and celebrated soldier, led the daring operation. Virtually the entire group of hostages was liberated and returned safely to Israel, but Yoni was killed in the operation that was described by the New York Times as having "no precedent in military history". In extraordinary detail, Dr Iddo Netanyahu -- Yoni's youngest brother, and also brother to former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu -- reconstructs events to portray a minute-to-minute chronicle of one of the earliest and most spectacular victories in the modern war against terrorism. Based on interviews with almost every member of the operation, Yoni's Last Battle is a fascinating and first-hand account of the intense 48-hour period of planning and preparation of the mission, and its near-perfect execution in extremely difficult circumstances. This is also an intriguing portrayal of Yoni himself, who at the age of 30, was the brilliant and heroic commander of a courageous and daring mission.

Political Assassins, Terrorists and Related Conspiracies in American History (Paperback): Scott Johnson Political Assassins, Terrorists and Related Conspiracies in American History (Paperback)
Scott Johnson
R1,182 Discovery Miles 11 820 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Political assassinations and terrorism have both outraged and fascinated the public throughout American history, particularly in the modern era. Providing biographical summaries of more than 100 assassins and terrorists, this book aims at a more complete understanding of the motivations behind violent extremism. The lives of the subjects are analyzed with a focus on psychological and ideological factors, along with details of investigations and criminal trials. Conspiracy theories are evaluated for credibility. Social media features prominently in explaining political violence by members of extremist groups in the 21st century, including radical Islamic terrorists, anti-abortion activists and white supremacists.

Yugoslavia and Political Assassinations - The History and Legacy of Tito's Campaign Against the Emigres (Hardcover):... Yugoslavia and Political Assassinations - The History and Legacy of Tito's Campaign Against the Emigres (Hardcover)
Christian Axboe Nielsen
R2,414 Discovery Miles 24 140 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Yugoslavia and Political Assassinations is the first book in English to analyse how and why the Yugoslav State Security Service carried out multiple targeted assassinations, over the country's forty-six years of existence, under the pretext of protecting the Yugoslav communist party-state. Offering a detailed history of the programme, from the inception of the State Security Service to the recent trials of individuals involved, it draws on Christian Axboe Nielsen's unique wealth of experience and research as an academic and as an expert witness in numerous criminal trials. The result is a ground-breaking contribution to the history of targeted assassinations, communist history, state security services and related criminal trials.

Death of a Dissident - The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB (Paperback): Alex Goldfarb, Marina... Death of a Dissident - The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB (Paperback)
Alex Goldfarb, Marina Litvinenko 2
R261 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R33 (13%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The first reports seemed absurd. A Russian dissident, formerly an employee of the KGB and its successor, the FSB, had seemingly been poisoned in a London hotel. As Alexander Litvinenko's condition worsened, however, and he was transferred to hospital and placed under armed guard, the story took a sinister turn. On 23 November 2006, Litvinenko died, apparently from polonium-210 radiation poisoning. He himself, in a dramatic statement from his deathbed, accused his former employers at the Kremlin of being responsible for his murder. Who was Alexander Litvinenko? What had happened in Russia since the end of the Cold War to make his life there untenable, and even in severe jeopardy in Britain? How did he really die, and who killed him? In his spokesman and close friend, Alex Goldfarb, and widow Marina, we have two people who know more than anyone about the real Sasha Litvinenko, and about his murder. Their riveting book sheds astonishing light not just on these strange and troubling events but also on the biggest crisis in relations with Russia since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Forgotten Terrorist - Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy (Hardcover): Mel Ayton The Forgotten Terrorist - Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy (Hardcover)
Mel Ayton
R497 R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Save R99 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Robert F. Kennedy's assassination in 1968 seemed like it should be an open-and-shut case. Many people crowded in the small room at Los Angeles's famed Ambassador Hotel that fateful night and saw Sirhan Sirhan pull the trigger. Sirhan was also convicted of the crime and still languishes in jail with a life sentence. However, conspiracy theorists have jumped on inconsistencies in the eyewitness testimony and alleged anomalies in the forensic evidence to suggest that Sirhan was only one shooter in a larger conspiracy, a patsy for the real killers, or even a hypnotized assassin who did not know what he was doing (a popular plot in Cold War-era fiction, such as "The Manchurian Candidate"). Mel Ayton profiles Sirhan and presents a wealth of evidence about his fanatical Palestinian nationalism and his hatred for RFK that motivated the killing. Ayton unearths neglected eyewitness accounts and overlooked forensic evidence and examines Sirhan's extensive personal notebooks. He revisits the trial proceedings and convincingly shows Sirhan was in fact the lone assassin whose politically motivated act was a forerunner of present-day terrorism. "The Forgotten Terrorist" is the definitive book on the assassination that rocked the nation during the turbulent summer of 1968.

Target Eisenhower - Military and Political Assassinations in World War II (Paperback, illustrated edition): Charles Whiting Target Eisenhower - Military and Political Assassinations in World War II (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Charles Whiting
R485 R399 Discovery Miles 3 990 Save R86 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A story of the attempt on Dwight 'Ike' Eisenhower's life. It is an aspect of World War II and the true story of what happened to Heydrich and Leslie Howard. This World War II story, which details the start of a new kind of state terrorism that has instigated two wars in Iraq, caused major crises in both the UK and the USA.

The Zapruder Film - Reframing JFK's Assassination (Paperback): David R. Wrone The Zapruder Film - Reframing JFK's Assassination (Paperback)
David R. Wrone
R578 R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Save R52 (9%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

It is the most famous home movie of all time, the most closely analyzed 26 seconds of film ever shot, the most disturbing visual record of what many have called "the crime of the century."

In 486 frames--a mere six feet of celluloid--Abraham Zapruder's iconic film captures from beginning to end the murder of President John F. Kennedy in broad daylight. An essential piece of evidence, the film has become nearly synonymous with the assassination itself and has generated decades of debate among conspiracy theorists and defenders of the Warren Commission's official report. Until now, however, no scholar has produced a comprehensive book-length study of the film and its relation to the tragic events of November 22, 1963.

David Wrone, one of our nation's foremost authorities on the assassination, re-examines Zapruder's film with a fresh eye and a deep knowledge of the forensic evidence. He traces the film's history from its creation on the "grassy knoll" by Dallas dressmaker Zapruder through its initial sale to "Life" magazine and early reproductions and its analysis by the Warren Commission and countless assassination researchers, licensing by the Zapruder family, legal battles over bootleg copies, and sale to the federal government for sixteen million dollars.

Wrone's major contribution, however, is to demonstrate how a close examination of the film itself necessarily refutes the Warren Commission's lone-gunman and single-bullet theories. The film, as he reminds us, provides a scientifically precise timeline of events, as well as crucial clues regarding the timing, number, origins, and impact of the shots fired that day. Analyzing the film frame-by-frame in relation to other evidence--including two key photos by Phil Willis and Ike Altgens--he builds a convincing case against the official findings.

Without fanfare, he concludes that more than three gunshots were fired from more than one direction and that most likely none were fired by alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. If true, then JFK's death was the result of a conspiracy, for the Commission's nonconspiracy conclusion requires a maximum of three shots and one gunman.

Wrone, however, does not speculate as to who actually shot JFK or why--or even if Oswald was a part of the conspiracy. In fact, he is no fan of conspiracy-think and is just as critical of the legion of conspiracy theorists as he is of the Warren Commission (which, he reveals, crushed dissent within its own ranks).

Doggedly pursuing the evidence wherever it leads, Wrone has produced a meticulous, clear-eyed, and provocative new reading of this remarkable cinematic Rosetta Stone.

The Assassination of Herbert Chitepo - Texts and Politics in Zimbabwe (Paperback): Luise S. White The Assassination of Herbert Chitepo - Texts and Politics in Zimbabwe (Paperback)
Luise S. White
R328 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R34 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

On March 18, 1975, Herbert Chitepo, an African nationalist in exile and chairman of the war council that struggled to liberate Zimbabwe from white-ruled Rhodesia, was killed by a car bomb. Since then, there have been four confessions and at least as many accusations about who was responsible. In The Assassination of Herbert Chitepo, Luise White does not set out to resolve questions about who was accountable for this horrible murder. Instead, in a style that is as much murder mystery as it is history writing, she uncovers what is at stake in the various confessions and why Chitepo s assassination continues to incite conflict and controversy in Zimbabwe s national politics. White casts doubt on official accounts of the murder and addresses how and for whom history is written and how myths and ideas about civic culture were founded in war-torn Zimbabwe. Although the truth about the assassination of Herbert Chitepo may never be known, readers will discover how one man s murder continues to unsettle Zimbabwe."

Targeted Killing - A Legal and Political History (Paperback): Markus Gunneflo Targeted Killing - A Legal and Political History (Paperback)
Markus Gunneflo
R721 Discovery Miles 7 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Looking beyond the events of the second intifada and 9/11, this book reveals how targeted killing is intimately embedded in both Israeli and US statecraft, and in the problematic relationship between sovereign authority and lawful violence underpinning the modern state system. It details the legal and political issues raised in targeted killing as it has emerged in practice, including questions of domestic constitutional authority, the use of force in international law, the law of belligerent occupation, the law of targeting and human rights law. The distinctive nature of Israeli and US targeted killing is analysed in terms of the compulsion of legality characteristic of the liberal constitutional state, a compulsion that demands the ability to distinguish between legal 'targeted killing' and extra-legal 'political assassination'. The effect is a highly legalized framework for the extraterritorial killing of designated terrorists that may significantly affect the international law of force.

Paying the Price - Ignacio Ellacuria and the Murdered Jesuits of El Salvador (Paperback, New): Teresa Whitfield Paying the Price - Ignacio Ellacuria and the Murdered Jesuits of El Salvador (Paperback, New)
Teresa Whitfield
R839 R742 Discovery Miles 7 420 Save R97 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

On November 16, 1989, on the campus of El Salvador's University of Central America, six Jesuits and two women were murdered by members of the Salvadoran army, an army funded and trained by the United States. One of the murdered Jesuits was Ignacio Ellacuria, the university's Rector and a key, although controversial, figure in Salvadoran public life. From an opening account of this terrible crime, Paying the Price asks, Why were they killed and what have their deaths meant? Answers come through Teresa Whitfield's detailed examination of Ellacuria's life and work. His story is told in juxtaposition with the crucial role played by the unraveling investigation of the Jesuits' murders within El Salvador's peace process.A complex and nuanced book, Paying the Price offers a history of the Church in El Salvador in recent decades, an analysis of Ellacuria's philosophy and theology, an introduction to liberation theology, and an account of the critical importance of the University of Central America. In the end, Whitfield's comprehensive picture of conditions in El Salvador suggest that the Jesuits' murders were almost inevitable. A crime that proved a turning point in El Salvador's civil war, the murders expressed the deep tragedy of the Salvadoran people beyond suffering the heartless cruelty, violence, and deceitfulness of a corrupt military and their patrons in the U.S. government.Whitfield draws on her extensive research of Jesuit archives and private papers, Ellacuria's diaries, documents declassified by the U.S. government, and 200 interviews conducted with sources ranging from Jesuits to Salvadoran military officers, U.S. officials and congressmen to human rights campaigners.

Did Beatniks Kill John F. Kennedy? (Paperback): Robert Johnson Did Beatniks Kill John F. Kennedy? (Paperback)
Robert Johnson
R316 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R55 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency - From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama (Paperback): Ronald L. Feinman Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency - From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama (Paperback)
Ronald L. Feinman
R382 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R42 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Throughout American history, Presidents and Presidential candidates have faced countless assassination threats and attempts on their lives. These threats have extended not only to sitting Presidents and candidates but also to Presidents-elect and former Presidents. Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama walks through Presidential history, looking at the countless assassination threats and attempts that have occurred throughout history. Historian Ronald L. Feinman discusses the Presidencies of sixteen Presidents, as well as three important candidates and five living Presidents today, and how they were directly threatened with assassination, ranging from the first known threat to Andrew Jackson in 1833, to threats to Barack Obama in late 2014. All nineteen of these Presidents and candidates were threatened with assassination-six being killed, three wounded, and ten unhurt. Additionally, he reveals information about some failed attempts, which, had they been successful, could have resulted in fifteen different men who would have become President of the United States. Which ones would have been able to fill the responsibilities? Which ones would have been disastrous in the Oval Office? Assassination attempts, both successful and failures have been part of our political culture for over 180 years, and the problem of Presidential security, safety and protection remains a serious problem today. With the President being faced with countless death threats, the Secret Service and FBI are forced to employ all kinds of technological methods to protect our Chief Executive and his family, as well as other top officials in the line of succession. Feinman brings to light how these agencies have grown, both technologically and physically, to counter these attacks. He, also, sheds light on how these threats to our Presidency have devastated, changed, and grown our United States into what it is today.

Targeted Killing - A Legal and Political History (Hardcover): Markus Gunneflo Targeted Killing - A Legal and Political History (Hardcover)
Markus Gunneflo
R1,960 Discovery Miles 19 600 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Looking beyond the events of the second intifada and 9/11, this book reveals how targeted killing is intimately embedded in both Israeli and US statecraft, and in the problematic relationship between sovereign authority and lawful violence underpinning the modern state system. It details the legal and political issues raised in targeted killing as it has emerged in practice, including questions of domestic constitutional authority, the use of force in international law, the law of belligerent occupation, the law of targeting and human rights law. The distinctive nature of Israeli and US targeted killing is analysed in terms of the compulsion of legality characteristic of the liberal constitutional state, a compulsion that demands the ability to distinguish between legal 'targeted killing' and extra-legal 'political assassination'. The effect is a highly legalized framework for the extraterritorial killing of designated terrorists that may significantly affect the international law of force.

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