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The Resource The myth of martyrdom : what really drives suicide bombers, rampage shooters, and other self-destructive killers, Adam Lankford

The myth of martyrdom : what really drives suicide bombers, rampage shooters, and other self-destructive killers, Adam Lankford

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The myth of martyrdom : what really drives suicide bombers, rampage shooters, and other self-destructive killers
Title
The myth of martyrdom
Title remainder
what really drives suicide bombers, rampage shooters, and other self-destructive killers
Statement of responsibility
Adam Lankford
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Overview: A startling look at the deepest, darkest secrets that terrorists pray you'll never know. For decades, experts from the most powerful governments and prestigious universities around the world have told us that suicide bombers are psychologically normal men and women driven by a single-minded purpose: self-sacrifice. As it turns out, this claim originated with the terrorist leaders themselves, who insisted that they would never recruit mentally unstable people to carry out suicide attacks. As these strikes have become both increasingly common and increasingly deadly, no one has challenged this conventional wisdom. These are fearless ideological warriors, we're told, who have the same resolve and commitment to their beliefs as our own Navy SEALs, because they're willing to die for the sake of their cause. In The Myth of Martyrdom, Adam Lankford argues that these so-called experts have it all wrong. The truth is that most suicide terrorists are like any other suicidal person-longing to escape from unbearable pain, be it depression, anxiety, marital strife, or professional failure. Their "martyrdom" is essentially a cover for an underlying death wish. Drawing on an array of primary sources, including suicide notes, love letters, diary entries, and martyrdom videos, Lankford reveals the important parallels that exist between suicide bombers, airplane hijackers, cult members, and rampage shooters. The result is an astonishing account of rage and shame that will transform the way we think of terrorism forever. We can't hope to stop these deadly attacks, Lankford argues, until we understand what's really behind them. This timely and provocative book flips a decades-old argument on its head-and has huge implications for our future
Cataloging source
UKMGB
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1979-
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Lankford, Adam
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6431
LC item number
.L365 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Suicide bombers
  • Martyrdom
  • Martyrs
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The myth of martyrdom : what really drives suicide bombers, rampage shooters, and other self-destructive killers, Adam Lankford
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-252) and index
Contents
Acknowledgments -- 1: Myth of martyrdom -- 2: Lies, damn lies, and previous research on suicide terrorism -- 3: Why suicide terrorists are suicidal -- 4: Truth about 9/11 -- 5: What real heroes are made of -- 6: Murder-suicide: natural comparison -- 7: Four types of suicide terrorists -- 8: Mission impossible? How to stop suicide terrorism -- Appendix A -- Appendix B -- Appendix C -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
842336079
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 257 p.;
Isbn
9780230342132
Lccn
2012285090
System control number
(OCoLC)842336079
Label
The myth of martyrdom : what really drives suicide bombers, rampage shooters, and other self-destructive killers, Adam Lankford
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-252) and index
Contents
Acknowledgments -- 1: Myth of martyrdom -- 2: Lies, damn lies, and previous research on suicide terrorism -- 3: Why suicide terrorists are suicidal -- 4: Truth about 9/11 -- 5: What real heroes are made of -- 6: Murder-suicide: natural comparison -- 7: Four types of suicide terrorists -- 8: Mission impossible? How to stop suicide terrorism -- Appendix A -- Appendix B -- Appendix C -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
842336079
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 257 p.;
Isbn
9780230342132
Lccn
2012285090
System control number
(OCoLC)842336079

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