An immensely readable and important book. Overton writes with great sensitivity and perception.
In an exceptional piece of work, Iain Overton subjects the suicide bomber to his seasoned investigative skills from pre-revolutionary Russia to the present day.
Iain Overton has delved deep into the history of suicide bombings to produce an insightful and provocative account that explains how this most frightening of weapons has been adopted and adapted by different cultures, armies and places. In so doing, he goes beyond simple narratives that tie suicide bombers to a single religious view or a unique in history. Instead he has the moral courage to ask difficult questions about how it has come to define our age. A bold work of real importance.
A must-read book on the most frightening phenomenon of the modern age ... Fascinating.
An informative book on a timely topic that demands critical scrutiny.
Moving... Overton has gone further than most to understand the motivations of the modern-day suicide bomber.
Provocative and timely ... highly readable.
Outstanding... the author takes confident control over this huge, dense and dark subject... Engrossing
A fascinating insight into a topic that has tragically defined our times.
Meticulously researched history
Impressively multi-dimensional... finely observed personal reminiscences