Myth of Martyrdom What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers

ISBN-10: 0230342132
ISBN-13: 9780230342132
Edition: 2013
Authors: Adam Lankford
List price: $27.00
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Description: For decades, experts have maintained that suicide terrorists are the psychological equivalent of America’s Navy SEALS—men and women so fully committed to their cause that they cease to fear death.  In The Myth of Martyrdom,Lankford corrects this  More...

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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 1/22/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

For decades, experts have maintained that suicide terrorists are the psychological equivalent of America’s Navy SEALS—men and women so fully committed to their cause that they cease to fear death.  In The Myth of Martyrdom,Lankford corrects this misconception, arguing that these mysterious people are driven to suicide by the same factors as any civilian: depression, anxiety, marital strife, or professional failure. He takes readers on a journey through the minds of suicide bombers, airplane hijackers, 'lone wolf' terrorists, cult members, school shooters, kamikaze pilots, and more. The result is an astonishing exploration of fear, failure, guilt, shame, and rage, told through case studies, suicide notes, love letters, diary entries, and martyrdom videos. Lankford believes that it is only by exploring these heretofore unacknowledged secrets of suicide terrorists that we will ever be able to stop them, and he outlines the first steps our government and military must take toward accomplishing that seemingly impossible goal.

Acknowledgments
The Myth of Martyrdom
Lies, Damn Lies, and Previous Research on Suicide Terrorism
Why Suicide Terrorists Are Suicidal
The Truth About 9/11
What Real Heroes Are Made Of
Murder-Suicide: The Natural Comparison
The Four Types of Suicide Terrorists
Mission Impossible? How to Stop Suicide Terrorism
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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