Thursday, February 24, 2005

Peek inside a Martyr's mind

Paul Steinberg, a co-worker of mine, just co-authored a book with his wife called The Road to Martyr's Square: A Journey into the Mind of the Suicide Bomber.

I haven't read it yet (just ordered it) but am giving it a plug anyway as it looks facinating. I have lunch with Paul from time to time and if anyone's capable of a fair and balanced view of both sides, he's the guy. The reviews on Amazon look pretty good too.

From the Amazon product description:

"...this memoir chronicles two interlocking, often clashing journeys--an exploration of the cult of martyrdom in the underground media of the intifada, on the one hand, and on the other, the struggle for friendship across seemingly impossible divides. The authors lived for six months with a Palestinian refugee family in the Gaza Strip at the beginning of the intifada, and then for the next six years, collected graffiti, videotapes, audiocassettes, posters, and other street media in over one hundred towns in the West Bank and Gaza. Their book is based on these primary materials (with 66 illustrations included) as well as dozens of interviews with leaders and followers, including a rare interview with a Hamas suicide bomber whose bomb failed to explode on an Israeli bus in Jerusalem.

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