Buda’s Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb

Mike Davis

In this provocative history, Mike Davis traces the car bomb’s worldwide useand development, in the process exposing the role of state intelligenceagencies–particularly those of the United States, Israel, India, andPakistan–in globalizing urban terrorist techniques. Davis argues thatit is the incessant impact of car bombs, rather than the moreapocalyptic threats of nuclear or bio-terrorism, that is changingcities and urban lifestyles, as privileged centers of powerincreasingly surround themselves with “rings of steel” against a weapon that nevertheless seems impossible to defeat.

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genre Anarchism » Anarchist History
publisher Verso
publish date 2017
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  • By Meg Duke -

    Pretty interesting stuff. Not only did I learn about the history of the car bomb, but I also learned a bit more about war history in general. Be prepared for a ton of name drops and references, not all of which are essential to understanding what Davis is talking about. Spoiler: turns out the “poor man’s air force” is often used by men not so poor — the CIA as the primary example.

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