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Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Verso Books
Publication date October 4, 2016
Pages 228
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781784786632
ISBN-10 1784786632
Original list price $16.95
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: The brilliant and disturbing 100-year history of the “poor man’s air force,” the ubiquitous weapon of urban mass destruction

On a September day in 1920, an angry Italian anarchist named Mario Buda exploded a horse-drawn wagon filled with dynamite and iron scrap near New York’s Wall Street, killing 40 people. Since Buda’s prototype the car bomb has evolved into a “poor man’s air force,” a generic weapon of mass destruction that now craters cities from Bombay to Oklahoma City.

In this provocative history, Mike Davis traces the its worldwide use and development, in the process exposing the role of state intelligence agencies—particularly those of the United States, Israel, India, and Pakistan—in globalizing urban terrorist techniques. Davis argues that it is the incessant impact of car bombs, rather than the more apocalyptic threats of nuclear or bio-terrorism, that is changing cities and urban lifestyles, as privileged centers of power increasingly surround themselves with “rings of steel” against a weapon that nevertheless seems impossible to defeat.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781844671328
 
from Verso Books (April 1, 2007)
9781844671328 | details & prices | 228 pages | 6.00 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $22.95
About: Traces the historical and political development of the car bomb as a weapon of terror and resistance, documenting such events as the September 1920 explosion of a horse-drawn wagon near Wall Street, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Bombay bombing, in an account that argues that car bombs are invoking greater change than threats of nuclear or bio-terrorism.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781784786632 Book cover for 9781844672943
 
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Reprint edition from Verso Books (October 4, 2016)
9781784786632 | details & prices | 228 pages | List price $16.95
About: The brilliant and disturbing 100-year history of the “poor man’s air force,” the ubiquitous weapon of urban mass destructionOn a September day in 1920, an angry Italian anarchist named Mario Buda exploded a horse-drawn wagon filled with dynamite and iron scrap near New York’s Wall Street, killing 40 people.
from Verso Books (August 31, 2008)
9781844672943 | details & prices | 228 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $16.95
About: In this provocative history, Mike Davis traces the car bomb’s worldwide use and development, in the process exposing the role of state intelligence agencies—particularly those of the United States, Israel, India, and Pakistan—in globalizing urban terrorist techniques.

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