Making Sense of Suicide Missions

Making Sense of Suicide Missions

Making Sense of Suicide Missions

Suicide attacks have become the defining act of political violence of our age. From New York City to Baghdad, from Sri Lanka to Israel, few can doubt that they are a pervasive and terrifying feature of our political landscape. Based on a wealth of original information and research, and containing contributions from internationally distinguished scholars, Making Sense of Suicide Missions furthers our understanding of this chilling feature of the contemporary world in radically new and unexpected ways.

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  1. Soft Power said,

    Wrote on January 18, 2012 @ 1:33 am

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    Terrific collection on suicide missions, October 10, 2010
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    Soft Power (New York, NY) –

    This review is from: Making Sense of Suicide Missions (Paperback)

    Terrific book with excellent materials on non suicide terror and suicide in which one kills only himself to provide the most insightful approach to understanding the phenomenon of suicide terror while explaining the counter factual cases. Possibly one of the best books ever written on terrorism!

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  2. John Matlock "Gunny" said,

    Wrote on January 18, 2012 @ 2:01 am

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    Sociological Analysis of the Suicide Attacker, December 10, 2006
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    John Matlock “Gunny” (Winnemucca, NV) –
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    This review is from: Making Sense of Suicide Missions (Paperback)

    If there is a single point that defines the current political struggles in the world it is the Suicide Mission. This book consists of essays from a number of social scientists from around the world who have studied such missions.

    The book begins with a discussion of the Japanese Kamikaze in World War II where some 3,000 Japanese army and navy pilots died trying to crash their planes into Allied ships during the later phase of the war.

    After this chapter the book covers the more recent activities from self-immolations, as with the monks in VietNam to the activities by Palestinians, Al-queda and others. Finally there are several chapters on the more general aspects of suicide missions such as motivations, beliefs, the overall impact and so on.

    The hardcover version of this book was published in early 2005. For this paperback version an additional Epilogue has been added that analyzes what has happened in the world since then. As the business analysis types would say, this has been a growth industry with 555 attacks in 2005.

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