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Highly accessible account of the history of terrorism that places 9/11 and al Qaeda in historical context.
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British author and journalist Carr (My Father's House) bookends his engrossing, unsettling history—including accounts of murderous organizations like the 19th-century anarchists, the IRA, Mau Mau, Red Brigades, Basque separatists, FLN, PLO and Hezbollah and the onset of international terrorism 30 years ago—with a scathing critique of the Bush administration's "authoritarian responses" to the attacks of 9/11. Amid an avalanche of information, Carr argues that most terrorist groups—those with a distinct political goal and popular support within their country—are essentially uncrushable, but negotiating with them (Britain and the IRA, for example) has worked. Carr relates scores of terrorist outrages and devotes equal space to brutal government counterterrorism that, he demonstrates, is not only ineffectual, but also nourishes terrorism. Instead of today's war on terror, Carr calls for addressing the wider causes: "the present eruption of Islamist violence is perhaps a symptom of an imbalance of power and the consequence of decades of manipulation, deceit and hypocrisy in Western foreign policy towards the Arab world." Though his analysis of Middle East politics is open to debate, Carr presents an impressive compendium of terrorist violence and government response. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595581792
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/2/2007
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Carr is a writer, broadcaster, and journalist who has reported on a number of violent conflicts. He is also the author of the acclaimed memoir My Father's House. Carr lives in Derbyshire, England.
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Table of Contents


Prologue: The Bomb in the Baby Carriage     1
Beginnings
The Hero Takes the Stage     13
Anarchists and Dynamitards     37
Terror and Resistance     58
Freedom Fighters
Savages     77
The Romance of the Urban Guerrilla     109
The Revolutionary Festival     133
Patriots     165
The Terrorist Decades
The Dawn of International Terrorism     197
The First War on Terror     223
The Armies of God     237
Waiting for Catastrophe     268
A Raid on the Path: 9/11 and the War on Terror     291
Epilogue: In a Time of Terror     322
Notes     329
Selected bibliography     357
Acknowledgments     382
Index     384
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