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Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism Paperback – July 25, 2006
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Of the 563 books I have reviewed--all in national security and global issues, and all but four among the best books in the field--this new work by Professor Pape stands out as startlingly original, thoughtful, useful, and directly relevant to the clear and present danger facing America: an epidemic of suicidal terrorism spawned by the "virtual colonialism" of the US in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and now Iraq as well as other countries.
I will not repeat the excellent listing of facts in the Book Description provided by the publisher--certainly that description should be read carefully. If you are a Jewish zealot, don't bother, you will not get over the cognitive dissonance. Everyone else, including Muslim, Protestant, and Catholic contributors to Congressional and Presidential campaign funds, absolutely must read this book.
There are many other books that support the author's key premises, all well-documented with case studies and the most complete and compelling statistics--known facts. I am persuaded by the author's big three:
1) Suicidal terrorism correlates best with U.S. military occupation of specific countries that tend to be undemocratic and corrupt, where the U.S.Read more ›
Pape lays out his ideas in what he terms as the "Nationalism Theory of Suicide Terrorism." One sees, through his analysis, that almost all suicide terrorist attacks since the advent of the tactic have had several similarities. 1) They exist as part of a larger organized campaign 2) they target democracies 3) they seek a strategic political objective (national liberation). This is a cursory explanation of the author's ideas that are elucidated in the book. He then concludes with recommendations stemming from his study's findings.
These ideas are simply novel, well thought-out, and groundbreaking. If they do not find wide acceptance in short order they will certainly be the subject of important debate and any future scholarship will be obliged to address them. The author and all those that worked with him did a great job.
The concluding prescriptions for future foreign policy decisions are quite reasonable and based on sound footing, but, of course, always debatable. Foreign policy has to be one of the most convoluted and difficult issue areas in any field and it is a matter of dire importance because, unlike in domestic policy, you only get one chance.Read more ›
The book is admirably well structured, proceding inexorably from data to theory to conclusions to policy advice. But as another reviewer pointed out, you don't really have to trust the author's conclusions -- the data are all in there, and they speak eloquently by themselves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you think you know why people blow themselves up, you don't
Read this book for the empirical data, not someone's opinion.
Dispels myth of Quran being the single most driving force behind terrorism... in fact, existence of foreign troops outside one's door is a stronger motivator according to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert K Beckenbaugh
Very interesting book. A little long winded on some topics, and written more like a thesis paper where the author explains a topic up front in each chapter, and then exhaustively... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Angry Old Marine
Suicidal terrorism is rising around the world, the most famous being 9/11, but there is little information as to why. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Loyd Eskildson
I will never forget it. I was given this assignment by local newspaper way back in 2006 to write on suicide bombers - Pakistan has had quite a few of them and to the best of my... Read morePublished 21 months ago by noorilhuda