The Mind of the Terrorist: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to al-Qaeda [NOOK Book]

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In contrast to the widely held assumption that terrorists as crazed fanatics, Jerrold Post demonstrates they are psychologically "normal" and that "hatred has been bred in the bone". He reveals the powerful motivations that drive these ordinary people to such extraordinary evil by exploring the different types of terrorists, from national-separatists like the Irish Republican Army to social revolutionary terrorists like the Shining Path, as well as religious extremists like al-Qaeda and Aum Shinrikyo. In The Mind...

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The Mind of the Terrorist: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to al-Qaeda

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Overview

In contrast to the widely held assumption that terrorists as crazed fanatics, Jerrold Post demonstrates they are psychologically "normal" and that "hatred has been bred in the bone". He reveals the powerful motivations that drive these ordinary people to such extraordinary evil by exploring the different types of terrorists, from national-separatists like the Irish Republican Army to social revolutionary terrorists like the Shining Path, as well as religious extremists like al-Qaeda and Aum Shinrikyo. In The Mind of the Terrorist, Post uses his expertise to explain how the terrorist mind works and how this information can help us to combat terrorism more effectively.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230608597
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 749,583
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.12 (d)
  • File size: 511 KB

Meet the Author

Jerrold M. Post is an internationally recognized expert on terrorist psychology and a professor of Psychiatry, Political Psychology&International Affairs at the George Washington University. He came to GW after a 21 year career with the Central Intelligence Agency, where in his role as Founding Director of the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior he initiated the U.S. government research program on the psychology of terrorism in the late 1970s.




Dr. Jerrold M. Post is Professor of Psychiatry, Political Psychology and International Affairs and Director of the Political Psychology Program at The George Washington University. During his 21 year CIA career, he founded and directed the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior. Among his extensive publications are Leaders and Their Followers in a Dangerous World: The Psychology of Political Behavior (2004), and The Mind of the Terrorist: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to al-Qaeda (2007).
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Terrorists and Terrorism * Part 1: When Hatred is Bred in the Bone: National-Separatist Terrorism * Secular Palestinian Terrorism * The Irish and Basque * The Kurds and Tamils * Part 2: Rebellion against the Generation of their Parents: Social-Revolutionary Terrorism * European and North American Cases * Latin American Cases * Part 3: Killing in the Name of God: Religious Extremist Terrorism * Hezbollah and Hamas * al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden * Killing in the Name of Other Gods * Part 4: The Changing Face of Terrorism * Global Jihad and Suicide Terrorism * Weapons of Mass Destruction and Mass Disruption * Challenges and Implications


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