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"Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Survivors and Witnessses" by Charles B. Strozier

Charles B. Strozier's college lost sixty-eight alumni in the tragedy of 9/11, and the many courses he has taught on terrorism and related topics since have attracted dozens of survivors and family members. A practicing psychoanalyst in Manhattan, Strozier has also accepted many seared by the disaster into his cate. In some . . .  
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"Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir" by Robert Jay Lifton

On a fateful day in the spring of 1954 Robert Jay Lifton, a young American psychiatrist just discharged from service in the Korean War, decided to stay in Hong Kong rather than return home--changing his life plans entirely--so that he could continue the work that had enthralled him, interviewing people subjected to Chinese. . . Read more

"Talking to the Enmy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists" by Scott Atran

Terrorists don't kill and die just for a cause. They kill and die for each other. In this rigorous and challenging work that combines the penetrating insight of The Looming Tower and the historical sweep and scpae of Gun, Germs, and Steel, renowned social scientist Scott Atran traces terrorism's root causes in human. . . Read more 

"Multirlateral Counter-Terrorism: The global politics of cooperation and contestatin (Global Institutions)" by Peter Romaniuk

Contemporary terrorism is a global phenomenon requiring a globalized response. In this book Peter Romaniuk aims to assess to what extent states seek multilateral responses to the threats they face from terrorists. Providing a consise history and a clear discussion of current patterns of counter-terrorirst cooperation, this book: analyses a wide spectrum of . . . Read more

"The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History" by Charles B. Strozier, David M. Terman, James W. Jones, and Katherine A. Boyd

This penetrating book sheds light on the psychology of fundamentalism, with a particular focus on those who become extremists and fanatics. What accounts for the violence that emerges among some fundamentalist groups? The contributors to this book identify several factors: a radical dualism,. . . Read more

"Values, Empathy, and Fairness across Social Barriers (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences) by Oscar Vilarroya, Scott Atran, Arcadi Navarro, Kevin Ochsner, and Adolf Tobena

What makes suicide bombers capable of sacrificing themselves for a belief? Why do members of one race believe they are superior to another? How do subliminal messages affect the outcome of political polling? Using the toold of neuroscience and social science, researchers have learned a. . . Read more 

"Crimes of War: Iraq" Edited by Robert Jay Lifton, Richard Falk, and Irene Gendzier

Crimes of War: Iraq provides a comprehensive legal, historical and psychological exploration of the war in Iraq from the same editorial team whose 1971 Crimes of War was a landmark book about Vietnam and the revelation of American war crimes. The editors apply standards of international. . . Read more 

"Superpower Syndrome: America's Apocalyptic Confrontation with the World" by Robert Jay Lifton 

No one is better quipped than psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton-a leading scholar of thought control and mass violence- to make sense of the extreme moment. From Hiroshima survivors to Nazi doctors, from Vietnam veterans to the cult that sarin-gassed the Tokyo subways, he has explained to use global apocalyptic urges, the ravages. . . Read more 

"In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion" by Scott Atran

This ambitious, interdisciplinary book seeks to explain the origins of religion using our knowledge of the evolution of cognition. A cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, Scott Atran argues that religion is a by-product of human evolution just as the cognitive intervention, cultural selection, and historical survival of religion is an accomodation of certain existential. . . Read more 

"Apocalypse: On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in America" by Charles B. Strozier

By some estimates, as many as fifty million Americans believe that the Apocalypse -- when God will remake the world, Jesus will return to rule, and only the faithfull will survive - is near. In Apocalypse, historian and psychoanalyst Charles B. Strozier, offers us a rate and intimate look at some of. . . Read more 

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