• Is the first book to seek to establish a typology of terrorist activity over the past 100 years based on a one-country model, analyzed as a representative case study
• Shows that terrorists' motives are not always consistent with their political ideologies and that the one thing all modern terrorists seem to have in common is a love of death
• Features a unique intercultural and interdisciplinary psycho-historical approach to the understanding of modern terrorism
• Examines precedents comparatively, allowing for the first scholarly speculation about patterns of terrorists' behavior as state leaders
• Offers data based on extensive archival and primary research
• Includes citations from numerous original sources found in Russian, American, European, and Israeli depositories
• Provides a comprehensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources
"…a striking counterweight to today's dominant scholarly understanding of terrorism as a rational act. Her argument is exhaustively documented, and Geifman writes with clarity and verve…"
"This is a wide-ranging insight into terrorism, the bane of modern life. It analyzes the psychology of terrorists in Russia, where this scourge began, as well as Palestine, Chechnia and elsewhere to bring out the common mind-sets of people perpetrating this kind of criminal activity. As such it is of great value to anyone concerned with the massive and often indiscriminate assaults on human life that have become a feature of modern life."
Richard Pipes, Baird Professor of History, Harvard University