Journals Higher Education



Published: 07 April 2019

272 Pages

8.5 x 5.3 inches

ISBN: 9780198815471

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Inside the Ransom Business

Anja Shortland

  • Uses insider interviews and real-life stories to illustrate the kidnap for ransom business and show how complex problems are resolved in practice
  • Transcripts of ransom negotiations provide a fascinating insight into this secretive economy and show how emotional and misinformed agents diverge from protocol
  • Analyses all aspects of kidnapping, from crafting insurance contracts to managing the ransom drop and retrieval of hostages
  • Examines the counter-terrorism ransom ban to uncover what happens when governments enter the market for hostages offering huge budgets, prisoner exchanges, and policy

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