Wolves, Jackals, and Foxes

The Assassins Who Changed History

Kris Hollington

Thomas Dunne Books

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“A history of the twentieth century punctuated by gunshots. . . . An exciting account.” --Sunday Telegraph (UK)

Exploding telephones, pipe-guns, bullets made of teeth, aspirin explosives, cobra-venom darts, a rifle that shoots around corners, exploding clams, samurai swords, karate chops, poisoned umbrellas, and a fuel-laden light aircraft. Sometimes even a regular gun. These are just some of the methods that have been used over the last ?fty years to speed four thousand VIPs to a premature end.

Wolves, Jackals, and Foxes is not an encyclopedia of assassination but rather a gripping history that charts the development of the modern world through the eyes of the assassins that tried to alter it. An experienced investigative reporter, Kris Hollington exposes shocking unknown stories of assassination. Surprising conspiracies and remarkable connections are uncovered throughout.

Hollington relates the story of the man who shot Uday Hussein seventeen times, the remarkable career of the CIA’s “black sorcerer,” reveals how an East German Stasi agent, an American B-movie actress, and a Saudi prince conspired to commit one of the most important assassinations of the twentieth century, uncovers the terrible history of South Africa’s brutal assassination squad and exposes for the ?rst time the secret society that ensured racist assassins in the South never paid for their crimes. It also features previously classi?ed information from the Secret Service, including the story of how President Jimmy Carter was saved from a sniper’s bullet by a rabid swamp rabbit.

This book is the first to study in detail not only the causes and surprising consequences of assassination, but also the crucial seconds of the act itself and the psychology of the killer in an effort to understand why some assassinations succeed where others fail---and what might be done to prevent them. It is also the ?rst book to examine the fascinating facts and ?gures of assassination, revealing everything from the success rate by type of weapon and the escape and survival rates of assassins to the most popular time of year and location for an attack.

The definitive book on assassination, Wolves, Jackals, and Foxes shows that sometimes, one murder can change the world.

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On the day this introduction was written a senior Georgian politician was blown to smithereens by a car bomb, a popular Shia cleric in Pakistan was stabbed and shot to death, a senior member of the National Union of Mineworkers in Cape Town was beaten and then executed by a single gunshot to the head, Sri Lanka’s third-highest-ranking general was blasted at point-blank range by a man wielding a home-made sawn-off shotgun and a ‘protected’ witness about to give evidence against those accused of the assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic was found

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“This is the definitive history of the assassin.” --Zoo Magazine

“Just the book you need if you’re looking for a career change and have toyed with the idea of being a professional assassin. . . . Fascinating and surprisingly good fun.” --The Daily Sport

“This fascinating non?ction book is extremely well researched...[a] most extraordinary book, probably a ?rst in its subject matter.” --Eurocrime

“Kris Hollington looks at modern assassinations and attempts from the Cold War on, and his conclusion? Try as they might, public figures---and therefore the course of history---will always be vulnerable to the killer’s bullet or bomb. His case studies make for a fascinating roll call.” --The First Post


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Kris Hollington

Kris Hollington is a journalist living and working in London. He has written a number of investigative pieces on subjects as diverse as African drug smugglers, diamond mining, art theft, murder, armed robbery, and police corruption for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, and The Evening Standard.

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Wolves, Jackals, and Foxes
The Assassins Who Changed History
Kris Hollington

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
August 2008
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ISBN: 9781429986809
ISBN10: 1429986808
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 448 pages
$7.99
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