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Why People Turn to Bombs

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Science  14 Dec 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5857, pp. 1726-1727
DOI: 10.1126/science.1151192

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What Makes a Terrorist. Economics and the Roots of Terrorism. By Alan B. Krueger. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2007. 192 pp. $24.95, £14.95. ISBN 9780691134383.

The author argues that terrorists are not drawn from the desperately poor but come from better-educated and well-off classes and wish to effect social and political change.