Infernal Machine A History of Terrorism

ISBN-10: 1595584080
ISBN-13: 9781595584083
Edition: 2007
Authors: Matthew Carr
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Description: A highly accessible account of the history of terrorism that places 9/11 and al-Qaeda in historical context. Today, political violence has become the scourge of our world and terrorism is routinely described as a uniquely modern evil. Yet however  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 10/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 410
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

A highly accessible account of the history of terrorism that places 9/11 and al-Qaeda in historical context. Today, political violence has become the scourge of our world and terrorism is routinely described as a uniquely modern evil. Yet however unprecedented in scope the new terrorist organizations might appear, Matthew Carr argues in this definitive history of terrorism that they are merely offshoots of a spectacular bombing in 1881: the assassination of Tsar Nicholas II by terrorists...or were they freedom fighters? Thus begins a narrative of extraordinary sweep thatPublishers Weeklycalled "engrossing, unsettling" and the Boston Globe praised as "brave and wise" and "a book for the ages." In The Infernal Machine, Carr unearths the complex realities of terrorist violence and its indelible impact on nations as different as Italy, Argentina, France, Algeria, Ireland, Russia, Japan, and the United States. Spanning over a century of world history,The Infernal Machinereveals stunning similarities in societies' responses to terrorism despite profound political and cultural differences. Carr demonstrates again and again that the true impact of terrorism has been felt in the overreactions of government and the media to acts of political violence. This "encyclopedic and diagnostic...primer for our frightening times" (Edmonton Journal) allows us to see our current predicament against a background of striking historical parallels.

Prologue: The Bomb in the Baby Carriage
Beginnings
The Hero Takes the Stage
Anarchists and Dynamitards
Terror and Resistance
Freedom Fighters
Savages
The Romance of the Urban Guerrilla
The Revolutionary Festival
Patriots
The Terrorist Decades
The Dawn of International Terrorism
The First War on Terror
The Armies of God
Waiting for Catastrophe
A Raid on the Path: 9/11 and the War on Terror
Epilogue: In a Time of Terror
Notes
Selected bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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