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

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Verso Books, 2007 - History - 228 pages
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Celebrated urban historian returns with a compelling account of the "poor man's airforce," from Vietnam to Beirut - Davis' most accessible book yet. On a September day in 1920, an angry Italian anarchist named Mario Buda exploded a horse-drawn wagon filled with dynamite and iron scrap near New York's Wall Street killing 40 people. Since Buda's prototype, the car bomb has evolved into a "poor man's air force," a generic weapon of mass destruction that now craters cities from Bombay to Oklahoma City. In this brilliant and disturbing history, Mike Davis traces its worldwide 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 producing the most significant mutations in city form and urban lifestyle, as privileged centres of power increasingly surround themselves with "rings of steel" against a weapon that nevertheless remains technologically and politically intractable. -- Description from http://www.bookdepository.co.uk (Oct. 25, 2011).

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User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

Concise and well written account of how the car bomb evolved and the way it has evolved tactically as a weapon of war and terror. He does dip into the murkier world of the ISI, CIA and other ... Read full review

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Truly spectactular subject, but sadly missing the heart of the message. Read full review

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Mike Davis is the author of several books including 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.

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