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The Price of Paradise

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'A must-read book on the most frightening phenomenon of the modern age ... Fascinating' Sunday Times

'Outstanding' New Statesman

'Provocative and timely.... highly readable' Guardian

'In an exceptional piece of work, Iain Overton subjects the suicide bomber to his seasoned investigative skills from pre-revolutionary Russia to the present day.' Jon Snow

'An informative book on a timely topic that demands critical scrutiny.' Evening Standard

'An immensely readable and important book. Overton writes with great sensitivity and perception.' Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence

'Moving... Overton has gone further than most to understand the motivations of the modern-day suicide bomber.' i

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We live in the age of the suicide bomber. The suicide bomb itself takes more lives than any other type of explosive weapon. Moreover, in the last 5 years more people have been killed by suicide attacks than at any other time in history.

How has this descent deep into the heart of terror escalated in such a way? What drives people to blow themselves up and what are the consequences? More importantly perhaps, what can be done to combat the rising spread of this form of violence?

Investigative journalist Iain Overton addresses the fundamental drivers of modern day suicide attacks in this fascinating and important book, showing how the suicide bomber has played a pivotal role in the evolution of some of the most defining forces of the modern age - from Communism and the Cold War, to the modern day War on Terror.

Interviewing Russian anarchists, Japanese kamikazes, Hezbollah militants, survivors of suicide bombings and countless other sources of valuable information, while travelling to places such as Iran, Irak and Pakistan, Overton skilfully combines historical narrative, travelogue, interviews and testimonies, and brings his research alive thanks to potent facts and visceral storytelling.

The result is a powerful and unforgettable read, the first non-academic attempt to chart the rise of this horrific weapon.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 163 x 242 x 48mm | 788g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1787470857
  • 9781787470859
  • 38,120

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Iain Overton has delved deep into the history of suicide bombings to produce an insightful and provocative account that explains how this most frightening of weapons has been adopted and adapted by different cultures, armies and places. In so doing, he goes beyond simple narratives that tie suicide bombers to a single religious view or a unique in history. Instead he has the moral courage to ask difficult questions about how it has come to define our age. A bold work of real importance. * Rob Crilly, author of Saving Darfur: Everyone's Favourite African War * An immensely readable and important book. Overton writes with great sensitivity and perception. * Mark Juergensmeyer, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Global Studies and author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence * Moving... Overton has gone further than most to understand the motivations of the modern-day suicide bomber. * i * Outstanding... the author takes confident control over this huge, dense and dark subject... Engrossing * New Statesman * An informative book on a timely topic that demands critical scrutiny. * Evening Standard * Provocative and timely ... highly readable. * Observer * A must-read book on the most frightening phenomenon of the modern age ... Fascinating. * Sunday Times * In an exceptional piece of work, Iain Overton subjects the suicide bomber to his seasoned investigative skills from pre-revolutionary Russia to the present day. * Jon Snow *
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About Iain Overton

Iain Overton is a multi-award winning journalist and human rights campaigner, and has reported from over two dozen conflict zones worldwide. Today he runs the London based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), but prior to that he worked for the BBC, ITN and the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He has written for the Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs and International Business Times, among others. He is the recipient of two Amnesty Media Awards, a BAFTA, and a Peabody Award, and holds two degrees from Cambridge University. As well as lecturing on human rights journalism at Birkbeck University, London, he speaks regularly at the United Nations and other international forums on the matter of suicide bombings. He oversees the only global monitor of explosive violence around the world.
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