The Myth of Martyrdom: 2 of 3: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers by Adam Lankford.

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The Myth of Martyrdom: 2 of 3: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers by Adam Lankford.

https://www.amazon.com/Myth-Martyrdom-Suicide-Shooters-Self-Destructive/dp/0230342132?ie=UTF8&qid=1465776542&ref=laB002BM846W11&s=books&sr=1-1

"Are suicide bombers psychologically normal? Many psychologists, including experts 'diagnosing' the hijackers responsible for the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, view them as just that, albeit exercised by a powerful sense of justice. Adam Lankford begs to differ. Self-destructive killers, he says, are already primed for suicide — so depressed, addicted or brutalized that it is relatively easy to tip them over the edge. A criminal-justice specialist, Lankford presents compelling, well-synthesized evidence for his case."--Nature

“Lankford builds an impressive case … If the courage assumed of suicide terrorism is its most powerful weapon, we can disarm this threat by denying its practitioners the myth of martyrdom.”—Scientific American

"A fierce attack on the view that suicide terrorists are true martyrs to a cause, worthy of respect or honor because of their commitment."--Kirkus Reviews