Samson Lim, “Siam’s New Detectives: Visualizing Crime and Conspiracy in Modern Thailand”  (U of Hawaii Press, 2016)
Siam’s New Detectives: Visualizing Crime and Conspiracy in Modern Thailand (University of Hawaii Press, 2016) is a rewarding, multilayered study of how Thailand became the Kingdom of Crime, and its police, masters of simulation and representation. While working towards an… Read More
Marc Sageman, “Misunderstanding Terrorism” (U. Pennsylvania Press, 2016)
In Misunderstanding Terrorism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) Marc Sageman provides an important reassessment of the global neojihadi threat to the West. He argues that inaccurate evaluations of the threat and overreactions to a limited threat have transformed U.S. society.… Read More
Samantha Newbery, “Interrogation, Intelligence and Security: Controversial British Techniques” (Manchester UP, 2015)
Interrogation, Intelligence and Security: Controversial British Techniques (Manchester University Press, 2015) by Samantha Newbery examines issues of history, efficacy, and policy in her thorough examination of British authorities’ use of the “Five Techniques” in Aden, Northern Ireland, and Iraq. Dr.… Read More
Ted A. Smith, “Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics” (Stanford UP, 2014)
People living in the modern west generally have no problem criticizing religiously-justified violence. It’s therefore always interesting when I discuss John Brown, a man who legitimized anti-slavery violence Biblically. My most recent batch of students sought to resolve this tension… Read More
Ervin Staub, “Overcoming Evil: Genocide, Violent Conflict and Terrorism” (Oxford UP, 2010)
After “Schindler’s List,” it became customary for my students, and I, to repeat the slogan “Never Again.” We did so seriously, with solemn expressions on our faces and intensity in our voices. But, if I’m being honest, I also uttered… Read More
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