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Buda's wagon - a brief history of the car bomb
Mike Davis
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UK Publication Date

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. 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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Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, Late Victorian Holocausts, and Magical Urbanism. He was recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Papa'aloa, Hawaii.

"A brilliant antidote to official history, allowing us to understand how the weak have fought back, ingloriously, against the onslaught of the strong."
-John Pilger

"Mike Davis follows the evolution of the car bomb from the Balkans to Palestine, Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Lebanon and, of course, Iraq."
-New York Times

"Davis, long-time chronicler of apocalyptic terror, has done it again: he has made me scared … The brilliance of Davis's story is undeniable."
-Times (London)

"Davis creates a fascinating genealogy that raises chilling questions about the future of terrorism."

"Brilliantly terse … Davis writes with icily suppressed fury."

"Brilliant … Buda's Wagon escorts us with a savage sarcasm from the first-known instance of the art … to present-day Gaza and Iraq."

"A short and fascinating history of the car bomb."
-London Review of Books

"A serious, disturbing and pessimistic book that resonates with widespread contemporary terrors … An excellent analysis of the arrogant miscalculations, cruelties and sometimes wanton stupidity of various governing elites."
-Times Literary Supplement

"Buda's Wagon is an elegant proof that terrorism, however it is earned out, is ultimately a tactic rather than an ideology."

"Riveting, a whirlwind survey of the car bomb's historical hot spots."
-Time Out New York

"Brings home in unsparing terms the bloody past and the even bloodier future of the car bomb."
-Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"Davis' book moves quickly, painting a bone-chilling portrait of just how easy it has become to attain the information needed to build a car bomb and deploy it."
-Time Out Chicago

"Products like iPods, brands like Coca-Cola and pop stars like Michael Jackson aren't the only currency of globalization. As Mike Davis points out in this swift, grimly readable little book, weapons are too."
-Houston Chronicle

"Buda's Wagon reveals a grave and fundamental misperception by the administrators of global policy, who fail to see the car bomb for what it is: a symptom of our own excesses."
-American Book Review

-Denver Post

-San Diego Union-Tribune

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Vehicle bombs - History.|Vehicle bombs - Social aspects.|Terrorism - History.|Terrorism - Social aspects.
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