A Mind for Murder: The Education of the Unabomber and the Origins of Modern Terrorism

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 437 pages
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This is a radically new interpretation of the life and motives of the infamous Unabomber. Alston Chase's gripping account follows Ted Kaczynski from an unhappy adolescence in Illinois to Harvard, where he was subject not only to the despairing intellectual currents of the Cold War but also to ethically questionable psychological experiments. Kaczynski fled academia to the edge of the wilderness in Montana, but Chase shows us that he was never the wild mountain man the media often assumed him to be. Kaczynski was living in a book-lined cabin just off a main road when he formulated the view of the world that he used to justify murder. Through Chase's compelling narration of the planning and execution of Kaczynski's crimes, we come to know a thoroughly cold-blooded killer, but one whose ideas were uncannily close to those of mainstream America. Originally published in hardcover as Harvard and the Unabomber.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
11
The Crimson Killer
17
Crimes and Questions 2 A Man of Letters
37
The Scientific Method
47
The Perfect Detonator
64
The Face in the Mirror
83
Ah Wilderness
101
Gridlock at Last Chance Gulch
120
The Religion of Reason
181
Is Intelligence Evil?
190
Harvards Culture of Despair
207
Falling between the Cracks
214
IS The Experiment
228
PART THREE The Descent of Ted Kaczynski and the Ideology
295
The Two Diasporas
318
Jihad
346

Kafka Comes to Sacramento
129
PART Two The Education of a Serial Killer
153
The Loneliness of the BlueCollar Intellectual
155
Growing Up Absurd
165
Chronology
373
Index
421
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Alston Chase is a writer and independent scholar specializing in intellectual history. He lives in Paradise Valley, Montana.

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