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Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide
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A masterful account of the assassins who hunted down the perpetrators of the Armenian GenocideIn 1921, a tightly knit band of killers set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They were a humble bunch: an accountant, a life insurance salesman, a newspaper editor, an engineering student, and a diplomat. Together they formed one of the most effective assassination squads in history. They named their operation Nemesis, after the Greek goddess of retribution. The assassins were survivors, men defined by the massive tragedy that had devastated their people. With operatives on three continents, the Nemesis team killed six major Turkish leaders in Berlin, Constantinople, Tiflis, and Rome, only to disband and suddenly disappear. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told, until now. Eric Bogosian goes beyond simply telling the story of this cadre of Armenian assassins by setting the killings in the context of Ottoman and Armenian history, as well as showing in vivid color the era's history, rife with political fighting and massacres. Casting fresh light on one of the great crimes of the twentieth century and one of history's most remarkable acts of vengeance, Bogosian draws upon years of research and newly uncovered evidence. Operation Nemesis is the result—both a riveting read and a profound examination of evil, revenge, and the costs of violence.
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A masterful account of the conspiracy of assassins that hunted down the perpetrators of a genocide
In 1921, a small group of self-appointed patriots set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They named their operation Nemesis after the Greek goddess of retribution. Over several years, the men tracked down and assassinated former Turkish leaders. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told until now.
Eric Bogosian goes beyond simply telling the story of this cadre of Armenian assassins to set the killings in context by providing a summation of the Ottoman and Armenian history as well as the history of the genocide itself. Casting fresh light on one of the great crimes of the twentieth century and one of history's most remarkable acts of political retribution, and drawing upon years of new research across multiple continents, NEMESIS is both a riveting read and a profound examination of evil,...
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In 1921, a tightly knit band of killers set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They were a humble bunch: an accountant, a life insurance salesman, a newspaper editor, an engineering student, and a diplomat. Together they formed one of the most effective assassination squads in history. They named their operation Nemesis, after the Greek goddess of retribution. The assassins were survivors, men defined by the massive tragedy that had devastated their people. With operatives on three continents, the Nemesis team killed six major Turkish leaders in Berlin, Constantinople, Tiflis, and Rome, only to disband and suddenly disappear. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told, until now.
Eric Bogosian goes beyond simply telling the story of this cadre of Armenian assassins by setting the killings in the context of Ottoman and Armenian history, as well as showing in vivid color the era's history, rife with political fighting and massacres. Casting fresh light on one of the great crimes of the twentieth century and one of history's most remarkable acts of vengeance, Bogosian draws upon years of research and newly uncovered evidence. Operation Nemesis is the result—both a riveting read and a profound examination of evil, revenge, and the costs of violence.
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      • source: Joseph Kanon, New York Times Book Review
      • content: Absorbing reading.... To his great credit, Bogosian recognizes [the moral contradiction] and refuses to portray Tehlirian or any of the other members of his group as heroes. He's aware of the gravitas of his story and the need to set it in context....Where it matters most he delivers: in his gripping action accounts of Nemesis at work, and in the sober assessment of its terrible aftermath.
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      • source: Sarah Vowell, author of The Wordy Shipmates and Assassination Vacation
      • content: Hitler asked, 'Who remembers the Armenians?' Eric Bogosian, that's who. Read his potent, action-packed account of how a little known assassination plot harkens back to a world-historical genocide and so will you. So take that, Hitler.
      • premium: False
      • source: Annie Jacobsen, author of Operation Paperclip
      • content: A dark and compelling tale of blood vengeance. In Operation Nemesis, Eric Bogosian tells the remarkable story of how a small group of powerless, post-war assassins sought revenge against the all-powerful masterminds of the Armenian genocide.
      • premium: False
      • source: Atom Egoyan, Academy Award-nominated writer and director of The Sweet Hereafter and Ararat
      • content: Absorbing and accessible, Bogosian presents this complex and multi-layered history with a master dramatist's flair. Operation Nemesis is an engaged and provocative account of an unforgettable tragedy and a cathartic attempt at finding justice.
      • premium: False
      • source: Richard Price, author of The Whites
      • content: Eric Bogosian, actor, playwright and novelist, can now add historian to his resume with this carefully researched tale of organized revenge on the perpetrators of one of the most heinous state-engineered genocides in modern history—the murderous expulsion of the Armenian people from Ataturk's newly reconstituted Turkey.
      • premium: False
      • source: Michael Bobelian, Los Angeles Times
      • content: A dramatic work of history that reads like a thriller.... Though others have covered Operation Nemesis, Bogosian's extensive reliance on the assassin's memoirs, published seven years before his death in 1960, injects his account with the psychological highs and lows Tehlirian endured. Bogosian also uncovers intriguing details about the role of the British in the assassination plot, introducing a new twist to a story that reads like a John le Carré novel.
      • premium: False
      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: An engrossing, heavily-researched account.... The details read like a Hollywood epic, but Bogosian plays it straight, letting the facts tell the story without sensationalizing or romanticizing.... Highly readable.
      • premium: False
      • source: Boris Kachka, Vulture
      • content: Bogosian dives passionately into an underreported piece of history, a surprisingly effective conspiracy to assassinate the planners of Turkey's Armenian genocide.
      • premium: False
      • source: Peter Blauner, author of Slipping Into Darkness and Slow Motion Riot
      • content: If you think you know all the great thriller stories of the last century, you don't. And this one is true. Operation Nemesis reads like a high-stakes suspense novel, but it tells us something essential about the world we're living in right now.
      • premium: False
      • source: Whoopi Goldberg
      • content: This genocide has finally come to light and Eric's book takes you uncomfortably close to it. It's a must read!
      • premium: False
      • source: variety of peoples who crossed and recrossed
      • content: Operation Nemesis is a spell-binding book. It is written both with urgency and patience. Bogosian's chapter summarizing the
      • premium: False
      • source: Ronald Grigor Suny, Professor of History and Political Science, University of Michigan, and author of They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide
      • content: In this resurrection of a lost story, Eric Bogosian vividly tells the story of the assassins who avenged the Ottoman mass killings of Armenians in 1915. Unfolding like a thriller, Bogosian's history brings to life long-forgotten events and the courageous people who set out in their own way to bring a kind of justice and peace to their shared past.
      • premium: False
      • source: Christopher Atamian, Huffington Post
      • content: John Le Carré meets James Bond meets Murder on the Orient Express. Few historical exposés read so fluently: I picked up the book one recent afternoon and stayed up almost twenty-four hours to finish it.... Operation Nemesis is that rare book, part historical opus, part detective story.
      • premium: False
      • source: Bill Hoffmann, Newsmax
      • content: A page-turning new thriller — and [Bogosian's] breathless tale of four ordinary Americans out to avenge the Armenian genocide is all the more compelling because every word of it is true.
      • premium: False
      • source: Peter Balakian, author of Black Dog of Fate
      • content: Eric Bogosian's Operation Nemesis takes us into the complex aftermath of the Armenian genocide and reminds us that genocide committed without ethical or legal accou
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        March 16, 2015
        Fans of Bogosian’s one-man shows (Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead) will recognize his provocative sensibility in this book’s very first paragraph, in which he recalls being told by his grandfather, “If you ever meet
        a Turk, kill him.” Bogosian doesn’t linger on this advice, given to him when he was four: he presents it as an alarming but not unusual consequence of the Armenian genocide of 1915, which his grandfather escaped (but other family members did not). From there, Bogosian drops the memoir and launches into an engrossing, heavily-researched account of Operation Nemesis, the code name for an international campaign, carried out by Armenian survivors, to assassinate the various Turkish heads of state who orchestrated the genocide. The details read like a Hollywood epic, but Bogosian plays it straight, letting the facts tell the story without sensationalizing or romanticizing. Though the author is well known as a playwright, actor, and novelist (Perforated Heart), this is his first work of nonfiction, and the book’s scope is ambitious: it also covers centuries of Armenian history and the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire. For those familiar with this terrain, Bogosian has uncovered a little-known aspect of it in fascinating detail. For everyone else, this is a highly readable introduction.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
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        February 1, 2015
        Actor, playwright and novelist Bogosian (Perforated Heart, 2009, etc.) retells the horrors of the Turkish attempt to eradicate the Armenians: the century's first ethnic cleansing.The Ottoman Empire was primarily Muslim but mostly tolerated Jews and the Christian Armenians. However, they were treated as second-class citizens, required to pay extra taxes, never eligible for public office and banned from intermarriage. In an attempt to modernize, a group of "Young Turks" allied with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation in 1908 to overthrow the empire. Though it was a bloodless coup, it soon became apparent that the Young Turks had no need for the Armenians. The country was ruled by the Committee of Union and Progress, a government as ruthless and cruel as the old sultan. The CUP was led by a triumvirate of Djemal Pasha, Talaat Pasha and Enver Pasha; by 1913, any semblance of democracy was lost. Then, in late April 1915, prominent Armenian leaders were rounded up and disappeared. This was the beginning of the genocide about which Hitler said, "[W]ho remembers the Armenians?" The killings, massacres, torture and deportations of Armenians went on through World War I. War-crime trials by the occupying British were ineffectual. Bogosian explores the life of survivor Soghomon Tehlirian, a young man who was fixated on revenge for the deaths of his people. In 1919, the ARF approved a "special mission" called Nemesis to find and execute the guilty parties, and Tehlirian was the perfect man for their mission. He found Pasha in Berlin and killed him, then stood trial, thereby bringing the world's attention to the fate of the Armenians. The author gives a clear, concise view of Turkey's history in the 20th century, and it's not pretty. Difficult reading, but an extremely well-written political statement about Turkey-not just then, but as it is now.

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      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        March 15, 2015

        This year marks the centennial of nearly one million Armenians being deported and killed by the leadership of the fading Ottoman empire. Playwright and novelist Bogosian (Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll) relates the horrors imposed on the Armenian community as a backdrop to another story: Operation Nemesis, the postwar effort by Armenian militants to assassinate former Ottoman leaders responsible for the tragedy. Driven by revenge and the desire to publicize the atrocities, U.S.-based Armenian radicals organized assassinations throughout Europe. Bogosian profiles young Soghomon Tehlirian, a willing recruit seeking to avenge the death of his family, who succeeded in the 1919 shooting of Talat Enver, one of the overseers of the massacres. The author tells the story of the killing with color and verve; it culminates in a trial in Berlin during which Tehlirian conveyed the guilt of the Ottoman leaders so effectively that he justified his act and was found not guilty. VERDICT While Bogosian imbues the saga of Tehlirian and subsequent murders with suspense and excitement, much of the book is uneven, a carelessly constructed collection of anecdotes and snippets of Turkish and Armenian development. Bogosian is more of a storyteller than a historian; his fascinating account loses some of its power in the episodic presentation of the long and often tragic history of the Armenian people.--Elizabeth Hayford, formerly with Associated Coll. of the Midwest, Evanston, IL

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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