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Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist

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9780393020021: Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist

Alston Chase presents an intepretation of the infamous Unabomber. He projects Ted Kaczynski's life against the sinister background of the Cold War, when the prospect of nuclear conflict generated a fear of technology and a culture of despair on American college campuses. On these same campuses, federal agencies enlisted psychologists in a covert search for technologies of mind control and encouraged ethically questionable experiments on unwitting students. Chase's account follows Kaczynski from an unhappy adolescence in Illinois to Harvard University, to postgraduate study and to the edge of the wilderness in Montana, where he put his unthinkable plans into action. His reign of terror is rendered in detail and interweaved with this narrative is the chilling counterpoint of Kaczynki's coded journal entries on the efficiacy of materials and techniques - the stark record of a killer's learning curve. A cautionary tale about modern evil, the conditions that provoked Kaczynski's alienation remain in place and may be getting worse as the War on Terrorism replaces the Cold War.

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Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2003. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: From brilliant scholar to serial killer: was Ted Kaczynski mad? Or is he a mirror to our times? On The Basis of Exhaustive Research and much previously unpublished material, Alston Chase presents a radically new interpretation of the infamous Unabomber. He projects Kaczynski's life against the backdrop of the cold war, when the prospect of nuclear conflict generated on college campuses a fear of technology and a culture of despair. On those same campuses, federal agencies enlisted psycholgists in a search for thenologies of mind control and encouraged ethically questionable experiments on unwitting students. Chase's gripping account follows Kaczaynski from an unhappy adolescence in Illinois to Harvard University--where Kaczynski absorbed the ides that would eventually surface in his famous Unabomber Manifesto--to graduate school, and finally to the edge of the wilderness in Montana, where he put his unthinkable plans into action. This is a cautionary tale about modern evil, and the conditions that provoked Kaczynski's alienation remain in place. Paradoxically, they may be about to get worse, as the war on terrorism replaces the cold war in American policy and imagination. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0393020029

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