Books in brief – Nature.com

With security high on national agendas, the debate over radicalization and its roots rages on. Drawing on economics, anthropology and political science, sociologist Farhad Khosrokhavar examines historical examples such as Italy’s Red Brigades of the 1970s and 1980s, but focuses mainly on radical Islamism today, tracing paths to conversion step by step. Some European-born terrorists, he shows, are poverty-stricken victims of racism with a “narcissistic attachment to their own pain”, vulnerable to the sanctification of victimhood and groupthink; others are self-radicalized lone wolves. Cogent and timely.

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