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A Mind for Murder : The Education of the Unabomber and the Origins of Modern Terrorism - Alston Chase

A Mind for Murder

The Education of the Unabomber and the Origins of Modern Terrorism

Paperback Published: 17th May 2004
ISBN: 9780393325560
Number Of Pages: 437

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This is a radically new interpretation of the life and motives of the infamous Unabomber. Alston Chase's gripping account follows Ted Kaczynski from an unhappy adolescence in Illinois to Harvard, where he was subject not only to the despairing intellectual currents of the Cold War but also to ethically questionable psychological experiments. Kaczynski fled academia to the edge of the wilderness in Montana, but Chase shows us that he was never the wild mountain man the media often assumed him to be. Kaczynski was living in a book-lined cabin just off a main road when he formulated the view of the world that he used to justify murder. Through Chase's compelling narration of the planning and execution of Kaczynski's crimes, we come to know a thoroughly cold-blooded killer, but one whose ideas were uncannily close to those of mainstream America. Originally published in hardcover as "Harvard and the Unabomber."

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Fascinating and revealing.

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
The Crimson Killerp. 17
The Unabomber: Crimes and Questions
A Man of Lettersp. 37
The Scientific Methodp. 47
The Perfect Detonatorp. 64
The Face in the Mirrorp. 83
Ah, Wilderness!p. 101
Gridlock at Last Chance Gulchp. 120
Kafka Comes to Sacramentop. 129
The Education of a Serial Killer
The Loneliness of the Blue-Collar Intellectualp. 155
Growing Up Absurdp. 165
The Religion of Reasonp. 181
Is Intelligence Evil?p. 190
Harvard's Culture of Despairp. 207
"Lumpenstudenten": Falling between the Cracksp. 214
The Experimentp. 228
The Dyadp. 240
The Old School Tiep. 251
Murray, the Zeligp. 267
The Cognitive Style of Murderp. 281
The Descent of Ted Kaczynski and the Ideology of Modern Terrorism
Nightmares about Psychologistsp. 297
Dawn of the Age of Aquariusp. 307
The Two Diasporasp. 318
Bonbons and Bombsp. 327
Jihadp. 346
Ted Kaczynski and the Rise of Modern Terrorismp. 358
Chronologyp. 373
Notesp. 377
Indexp. 421
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ISBN: 9780393325560
ISBN-10: 0393325563
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 437
Published: 17th May 2004
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.59