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Anatomy of the Red Brigades
Author: Alessandro Orsini

ISBN: 9780801449864
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 14 February 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 3.18
Description:
Winner of the 2010 Premio Acqui Storia

The Red Brigades were a far-left terrorist group in Italy formed in 1970 and active all through the 1980s. Infamous around the world for a campaign of assassinations, kidnappings, and bank robberies intended as a concentrated strike against the heart of the State, the Red Brigades most notorious crime was the kidnapping and murder of Italys former prime minister Aldo Moro in 1978. In the late 1990s, a new group of violent anticapitalist terrorists revived the name Red Brigades and killed a number of professors and government officials. Like their German counterparts in the Baader-Meinhof Group and todays violent political and religious extremists, the Red Brigades and their actions raise a host of questions about the motivations, ideologies, and mind-sets of people who commit horrific acts of violence in the name of a utopia.

In the first English edition of a book that has won critical acclaim and major prizes in Italy, Alessandro Orsini contends that the dominant logic of the Red Brigades was essentially eschatological, focused on purifying a corrupt world through violence. Only th...

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