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No heroes, only rogues and killers

Blood & Rage: a Cultural History of Terrorism. By Michael Burleigh. Harper Press, €29

8th March, 2008

Blood & Rage: a Cultural History of Terrorism. By Michael Burleigh. Harper Press, €29

Alfred Nobel has a lot to answer for. It was this well meaning Swedish chemist who first discovered, in the 1860s, that nitroglycerine stabilised in paste could have a literally explosive effect.

The most significant advance in bomb-making technology s inc e Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Commons meant that, from then on, any malcontent with an...

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