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

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For decades, experts have told us that suicide bombers are the psychological equivalent of America's Navy SEALs--men and women so fully committed to their cause or faith that they cease to fear death. In The Myth of Martyrdom, Adam Lankford corrects this misconception, arguing that terrorists are driven to suicide for the same reasons any civilian might be: depression, anxiety, marital strife, or professional failure. He takes readers on a journey through the minds of suicide bombers, airplane hijackers, 'lone wolf' terrorists, and rampage shooters, via their suicide notes, love letters, diary entries, and martyrdom videos. The result is an astonishing account of rage and shame that will transform the way we think of terrorism forever. Lankford convincingly demonstrates that only by understanding the psychological crises that precipitate these acts can we ever hope to stop them.
 

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Adam Lankford is an assistant professor of Criminal Justice at The University of Alabama. His research has been featured by media outlets such as Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, CNN, NPR, The Atlantic, and The Boston Globe. From 2003 to 2008, Lankford helped coordinate anti-terrorism efforts in conjunction with the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance program. Lankford has written for The Huffington Post, and Foreign Policy, and is the author of Human Killing Machines. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
 
Published January 22, 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Science & Math, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Three appendices provide lists of attackers along with their known risk factors for suicide, names and dates of attacks between 1990 and 2010 in the United States, and countermeasures for dealing with different types of suicide terrorists.

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Christian Science Monitor

11, 2001, terrorist attacks, comedian and political commentator Bill Maher said Mohammed Atta and his fellow conspirators were not cowards for their actions.

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Alaska Dispatch

Though he does not address the incident with Maher in his new book, "The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers," Adam Lankford would assuredly disagree with Maher’s contention that Atta – or any suicide bomber – is somehow brave.

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