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A foreigner carrying in the crook of his arm a tiny bomb, Amitava Kumar

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A foreigner carrying in the crook of his arm a tiny bomb
Title
A foreigner carrying in the crook of his arm a tiny bomb
Statement of responsibility
Amitava Kumar
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb is an inquiry into the cultural logic and global repercussions of the war on terror. At its center are two men convicted in U.S. courts on terrorism-related charges: Hemant Lakhani, a seventy-year-old tried for attempting to sell a fake missile to an FBI informant, and Shahawar Matin Siraj, baited by the New York Police Department into a conspiracy to bomb a subway. Lakhani and Siraj were caught through questionable sting operations involving paid informants; both men received lengthy jail sentences. Their convictions were celebrated as major victories in the war on terror. In Amitava Kumar's riveting account of their cases, Lakhani and Siraj emerge as epic bunglers, and the U.S. government as the creator of terror suspects to prosecute. Kumar analyzed the trial transcripts and media coverage, and he interviewed Lakhani, Siraj, their families, and their lawyers. Juxtaposing such stories of entrapment in the United States with narratives from India, another site of multiple terror attacks and state crackdowns, Kumar explores the harrowing experiences of ordinary people entangled in the war on terror. He also considers the fierce critiques of post-9/11 surveillance and security regimes by soldiers and torture victims, as well as artists and writers, including Coco Fusco, Paul Shambroom, and Arundhati Roy
Cataloging source
NcD/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kumar, Amitava
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6431
LC item number
.K84 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Terrorism
  • Terrorists
  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
Label
A foreigner carrying in the crook of his arm a tiny bomb, Amitava Kumar
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-205) and index
Contents
Lakhani -- Birth of a salesman -- The late career of the sting operation -- The art of surveillance -- The terror and the pity -- Siraj -- I have delivered the pizza -- A collaborator in Kashmir -- A night in an army camp -- Tourist-theorist-terrorist
Control code
476837200
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 217 p.
Isbn
9780822345626
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009049958
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)476837200
Label
A foreigner carrying in the crook of his arm a tiny bomb, Amitava Kumar
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-205) and index
Contents
Lakhani -- Birth of a salesman -- The late career of the sting operation -- The art of surveillance -- The terror and the pity -- Siraj -- I have delivered the pizza -- A collaborator in Kashmir -- A night in an army camp -- Tourist-theorist-terrorist
Control code
476837200
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 217 p.
Isbn
9780822345626
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009049958
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)476837200

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