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A Cultural History of Terrorism

Michael Burleigh, Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism, HarperCollins, 2010, 608 pages, $24.95. Michael Burleigh has become fiercely distinguished. He’s a regular contributor to Standpoint—a newish Quadrant-like magazine in Britain—as well as a member of its advisory board. He’s written several acclaimed books; Earthly Powers (2007) and Sacred Causes (2008) explore the politics of religion, and the religion of politics, from the French Revolution to the War on Terror. His recent book, Blood and Rage (2010), deserves to be widely read as his subject is topical and his treatment magisterial. Burleigh highlights the chameleon-like adaptability of global terrorists…

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