Confessions of a Terrorist

Confessions of a Terrorist : A Novel

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P: Who is the real terrorist in this room? M: What're you saying? In a claustrophobic concrete cell, two men face each other across a bare table. One is a wanted terrorist, the other a British intelligence officer. But this is no ordinary interrogation, and as they talk deep into the night and violent secrets are revealed, the line between interrogator and confessor begins inextricably to blur. Who, then, is the real terrorist? And will they pay for their guilt in blood?show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 36mm | 679.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed.
  • 1783600020
  • 9781783600021
  • 634,493

About Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson is one of the world's leading experts on terrorism and Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is a regular media commentator and maintains a popular blog at This is his first more

Review quote

'On a breathtaking journey through the intricacies of a counter-terrorism interrogation, Richard Jackson asks us to confront one of the most difficult truths of our time: that to identify "the terrorist" is to look in the mirror and see oneself.' Elizabeth Dauphinee, author of The Politics of Exile 'Extraordinarily intense ... A book that's too important not to read.' Morning Star 'A page-turning and thought-provoking book' Richard Falk 'Does a remarkable job at capturing the deadly spiral of violence characterized by state and non-state terrorism today ... The dialogue is a tour de force.' Critical Studies on Terrorism 'Goes beyond the prevailing narratives of terrorist behaviour and delves into the thought processes of a terrorist, giving us unique insights into the "mind" of a terrorist.' Pambazuka 'Confessions of a Terrorist offers an outstanding contribution to the academic and fictional literature on terrorism.' Journal of Intervention and Statebuildingshow more

Table of contents

* Preface* Confessions of a Terrorist* Afterword* Further Reading* Acknowledgementsshow more

Customer reviews

What is terrorism? Who is the real terrorist? Can state actors be terrorists? Let us think about George Washington, Nelson Mandela, and Yasser Arafat. Are they all terrorists? In this specific book (or novel), Richard Jackson, one of the world's leading scholars in critical terrorism studies (CTS), challenges the traditional understanding of terrorism and terrorists, and addresses many tough questions that are rarely discussed in scholarship and news media. Confessions of a Terrorist provides a whole new reading experience and critical lens for its readers to think about the terrorist threats emphasised by the authorities and powerful worldmaking elites. In the past decades, terrorism is discursively constructed and perceived as a negative ideography, or cultural taboo, in Western societies. However, through a way of story-telling, the 'Professor' makes a clear statement about terrorism and terrorists, and creates a space for further discussion on contemporary terrorism-related issues, such as torture, drone strikes, state terrorism, and national surveillance. This book is definitely a great book for anyone who wants to further understand the 'real' world that we live in! And, importantly, it is a book that tells different 'truths' about the Western-led 'war on terror.'show more
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