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

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

User Review  - 6655321 - Goodreads

the big problem with this piece isn't that Davis doesn't understand an important technology (because he clearly does understand how carbombs are applied to asymetrical warfare) but this really vapid ... Read full review

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

User Review  - April - Goodreads

A very fact-laden book on the history of the car bomb. It started with the car bomb in Manhattan, which was really a horse pulled wagon that was meant for JP Morgan on Wall Street. The author then ... Read full review

Contents

Wall Street 1920
1
Poor Mans Air Force
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Preliminary Detonations
13
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Mike Davis is the author of several books including Planet of Slums, 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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