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Hostage By John C. Griffiths

Hostage
by John C. Griffiths

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Hostage: The History, Facts and Reality of Hostage Taking by John C. Griffiths

The taking of hostages has become a familiar event in the world's headlines, but news coverage naturally tends to focus on the individual event itself rather than the broader picture and its implications. Hostage is a highly topical study of the phenomenon of hostage taking, both historically and in the world today. It examines the problems and issues related to the taking, holding, killing or releasing of hostages and explores such areas as: history of hostage taking and how it has evolved; the seizing of hostages, including hijackings; the treatment of hostages and the relationship that develops between captor and captive; rescues, escapes and releases; hostage negotiations; the ultimate fate of the captors and captives; the trauma and subsequent long-term effects of being held hostage; the response by the government, police and special forces to hostage-taking. Drawing on a large number of individual cases and in dialogue with many key hostages, terrorists and negotiators, John Griffiths dramatically re-creates the main hostage events of the post-War era and asks how effective it is as a means to an end, and will it always be such a powerful bargaining tool?

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About John C. Griffiths


John C. Griffiths previous publications include Afghanistan: A History of Conflict (Andre Deutsch, new edition 2001). A Cambridge graduate, he led the first post-war overland expedition to Afghanistan in 1957 and he has been a close follower of the country's affairs ever since. A co-founder of the Open University, he is now a full-time writer and runs Minerva Vision, an arts/ docu-based independent TV production company.

Table of Contents


Chapters cover the history of hostage taking and how it has evolved; the seizing of hostages, including hijackings; the treatment of hostages; the psychological relationship that develops between captor and captive; rescues, escapes and releases; the role of the negotiator; the ultimate fate of the captors; the trauma and subsequent long-term effects of being held hostage; what the government are doing to make hostage taking a less powerful lever.

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GOR001172408
Hostage: The History, Facts and Reality of Hostage Taking by John C. Griffiths
John C. Griffiths
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Carlton Books Ltd
2003-10-01
272
0233000348
9780233000343
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