Rules for Rebels:
The Science of Victory in Militant History
This event includes a book signing
November 2, 2018
3:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes professor MAX ABRAHMS—one of the world's leading experts on the subject of terrorism—for a discussion of his new book, Rules for Rebels: The Science of Victory in Militant History.
About Rules for Rebels
Ever wonder why militant groups behave as they do? For instance, why did Al Qaeda attack the World Trade Center whereas the African National Congress tried to avoid civilian bloodshed? Why does Islamic State brag over social media about its gory attacks, while Hezbollah denies responsibility or even apologizes for its carnage?
This book shows that militant group behavior depends on the tactical intelligence of the leaders. The author has extensively studied the political plights of hundreds of militant groups throughout world history and reveals that successful militant leaders have followed three rules. These rules are based on original insights from the fields of political science, psychology, criminology, economics, management, marketing, communication, and sociology. It turns out there's a science to victory in militant history. But even rebels must follow rules.
"Rules for Rebels gives us much valuable information about the mindsets and inner workings of specific rebel groups, but its value goes far beyond this. It should help a wide group of international policymakers and analysts, and its conclusions should be compulsory reading for Western governments and their security agencies." —Diana Darke, Times Literary Supplement
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