A Brief History of Hitmen and Assassinations

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Little, Brown Book Group, Jan 27, 2011 - History - 160 pages
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The true stories behind some of the most shocking assassinations in recent history.

We live in a new age of political assassination; within our lifetimes all the senior members of the UN Security Council have used it as an extension of political policy in all corners of the globe. In every case, the orders came from the very top.

Today, while leading governments use covert ops, drones and lazer guided missiles, the terrorist methods of car bombs and suicide bombers make the game even more dangerous. In his compelling history of hit men, assassinations and the men who command them, Richard Bellfield recalls the major hits in history from Julius Caesar to twenty of the most shocking assassinations in recent history.

He also reveals: how the assassination of President Sadat of Egypt launched Al Qaeda. How President Kennedy ordered the death of President Diem of Vietnam. And with excerpts from CIA and Al Qaeda manuals he shows how they have changed the course of history. He also uncovers the hidden world of killers and cover ups.

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About the author (2011)

Richard Belfield runs the television production company Fulcrum TV and has done documentaries for ITV and Channel 4 on the death of Diana, the shooting of Yvonne Fletcher, and Neil Hamilton - the last of which resulted in the libel action against Al Fayed by Neil Hamilton (which he lost). He was also the Internet correspondent for the New Statesman during the mid 1990s.

Richard Belfield runs the television production company Fulcrum TV and has done documentaries for ITV and Channel 4 on the death of Diana, the shooting of Yvonne Fletcher, and Neil Hamilton - the last of which resulted in the libel action against Al Fayed by Neil Hamilton (which he lost). He was also the Internet correspondent for the New Statesman during the mid 1990s.

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