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Published: 21 September 2006

432 Pages


ISBN: 9780199297979

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Awarded an honourable mentiongy by American Society of Criminology/Division of International Criminology Distinguished Book Award 2006

Making Sense of Suicide Missions

Diego Gambetta

  • First major book-length treatment of one of the defining acts of political violence of our day
  • Extremely topical subject matter, dealing with the likes of Al Quaeda, the Tamil Tigers, and Palestinian suicide bombers
  • Brings together a wealth of original information and ground-breaking analysis from leading experts
  • Provides lucid and compelling answers to questions we all ask: Are these the actions of aggressive religious zealots or is there a logic driving those behind them? Are their motivations religious or has Islam provided a language to express essentially political causes? How can the perpetrators remain so lucidly effective in the face of certain death? And do these disparate attacks have something like a common cause?

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