Assassinations that Changed the World

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Pub Date 08 Jan 2021 | Archive Date 04 Jan 2021

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We live in an age of asymmetric warfare. Huge armies no longer face each other on the battlefield. Instead heads of major powers and lone assassins (or martyrs) target each other to pursue their agendas. President Barack Obama felt fully justified in sending in US Navy SEALs to take out Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. This is the nature of modern warfare. When nineteen-year-old Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, in 1914, he triggered the First World War. Few assassinations have had such devastating consequences, but political assassinations have always changed the world—often in ways that the assassins and their cohorts could not have predicted. The murder of John F. Kennedy left Lyndon B. Johnson free to escalate the war in Vietnam. However, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., while not derailing the demands for African American civil rights in the US, did lead many to abandoning his commitment to nonviolence and adopting more radical means. There are forty-eight assassinations that changed the world in this book. Rest assured that in the coming years we will see many more.

We live in an age of asymmetric warfare. Huge armies no longer face each other on the battlefield. Instead heads of major powers and lone assassins (or martyrs) target each other to pursue their...

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I was attracted to this book because of certain of the figures I knew were featured, and I was even more interested after I received it and saw other assassinations in the book, like Benazir Bhutto and Malcolm X, both figures whom I greatly admire. I was intrigued to read about Jamal Khashoggi's death, for he was a well known journalist in Saudi Arabia while I was a puny little freelancer in Saudi Arabia trying to make a buck to buy toys for my kids. I had not known that the dissident's grandfather, Mohammad Khaled Khashoggi was personal physician to King Ibn Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia. Of course everyone has heard of Adnan Khashoggi, the billionaire arms dealer who was the middleman in the Iran-Contra scandal in the 80s and a neighbor of Donald Trump. If you're interested in who-knows-who, this book gives a lot of that kind of information, and I am still talking about the grandfather Mohammad's daughter Samira having married Mohamed Al-Fayed. Who knew that Jamal Khashoggi was first cousin to Dodi Al Fayed? If your friends are into who's who, pick your assassinated person and you can drop little known tidbits into the conversation. There is no particular chronology to this compendium of interesting assassinated individuals, but I found enough of my own interests to make it well worth the read.#AssassinationsThatChangedTheWorld #NetGalley

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It is a history book that strings together epic events where one group of humans exterminated a person who was good or bad or controversial for their own interests or misplaced faiths. It tells stories of big assassinations in a movie like easily graspable prose. It describes 48 assassination over 10 centuries with accompanying circumstances, backgrounds and aftermaths. It starts from 2019 and runs backwards. It would have been Even more intriguing if it contained pictures. It has wide base and almost all main countries appear in the book. It is a cohesive presentation of all events that unfold around these acts which sometimes appear correct and most of the times wrong. But these happen all the time even if we stop counting them. I could connect with recent events more clearly than very old ones. A very readable and informative book that is easily recommend.

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This book was a provocative look inside the assassinations of our beloved leaders who could of changed the world for the better and did change the world in some way . Very good book

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the early copy of the book. First and foremost, I am a fanatic of true crime, assassinations, etc. I've been reading about the JFK assassination for years and have come to my own conclusions. So when a book such as this comes out, of course, I am going to jump all over it. The title says it all in nutshell. Many times one hears that assassinations don't accomplish what the killer(s) set out to do, that is, if they even have an agenda or reason for killing. The murders put forth in this book truly did change the world and the author provides details on just how those changes came about because these people were killed. What i loved about the book is that it shed light on murders I wasn't that familiar with, coupled with the effects of those murders. A truly insightful and fascinating read.

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this book was really informative and well-written, you could tell that the author knew what they were talking about. It was a really interesting read.

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