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Staff Review: The Myth of Martyrdom

Myth of Martyrdom

The Myth of Martyrdom
What Really Drives Suicide Bombers Rampage Shooters and Other Self-Destructive Killers

Adam Lankford
Palgrave Macmillan USA

What really drives someone to put on a bomb vest walk out into a crowed street and blow themselves up; or what made those terrorists fly into the Twin Towers in 9/11? This book asks and answers these questions on what really drives suicide bombers, rampage shooters and other self-destructive killers.

Adam Lankford argues the point that what the media, governments and other experts have told us about these individuals is not the whole picture. We have been lead to believe that suicide terrorist attacks have been done by psychologically sane people who are so strong in their beliefs that they are willing to die for their cause.

The truth is that most of these men and women are actually just suicidal, who have been looking for a way out of their own pain/issues in a more “grand” exit as a martyr. These suicidal people are then sought out and exploited by terrorist organisations for their own political agendas.

The book is based on actual interviews with captured suicide bombers (who failed in their attempt), psychological research from respected international specialists, suicide letters, martyr videos, love letters, diaries and interviews with the surviving friends, families and work colleagues.

I found this book very thought provoking, and it has changed my perspective on the subject of “martyrs” in terrorism and the real meaning of terrorism today.

Find the book here, and buy at your local bookshop.

Staff Bio 

Nicky Delaney
Accounts Manager
WA Book Agencies for Palgrave Macmillan

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