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 YorkÃ¢ÂÂs Wall Street, killing 40 people. Since BudaÃ¢ÂÂs prototype the car bomb has evolved into a Ã¢ÂÂpoor manÃ¢ÂÂs air force,Ã¢ÂÂ 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 agenciesÃ¢ÂÂparticularly those of the United States, Israel, India, and PakistanÃ¢ÂÂin 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 Ã¢ÂÂrings of steelÃ¢ÂÂ against a weapon that nevertheless seems impossible to defeat.
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.
About: The brilliant and disturbing 100-year history of the âpoor manâs air force,â 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 Yorkâs Wall Street, killing 40 people.
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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