The author of Area 51, Operation Paperclip, and Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon’s Brain, Annie Jacobsen is here this evening with her newest, Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins (Little, Brown).
“A behind-the-scenes look at the most shadowy corners of the American intelligence community. It’s no secret that intelligence agents operate covertly around the world. As Jacobsen notes, this so-called ‘third option’ is used ‘when the first option, diplomacy, is inadequate and the second, war, is a terrible idea.’ The underlying idea is that getting up close and killing a single opponent or small batch of them is preferable to bombing an entire city or region to achieve the same goal … Assassination may be frowned on but it’s used more often than you might think. Well-sourced and well-paced, this book is full of surprises.” - Kirkus Reviews.
Co-presented by TOWN HALL CIVICS Series and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Tickets and more information here.