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Memoirs of an Italian Terrorist by Giorgio

Memoirs of an Italian Terrorist

by Giorgio

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A rather bland account of one man's descent into the revolutionary terrorist world of the Red Brigades in Italy of the 1970's. Giorgio tells how he moved from stealing jeans to tailing targets and participating in attacks on the police, although never ties down what he actually did only mentioning that he took part in an action. The majority of the book had less to do with Giorgio's work as a terrorist and more to do with his tenuous relationships with his mother and girlfriend. I just don't really know what Giorgio was going for in writing this; as parts of it seem like a shout out for human contact as he isolates himself from others while other times he rails against eating establishments around where he lived. Overall I felt that I didn't really get any insight into the mind of a terrorist and would say skip it unless you are really interested in the political happenings in Italy during the 70's. ( )
  bakabaka84 | Apr 16, 2013 |
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Shugaar, AntonyTranslator and Introductionmain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When government consultant Professor Marco Biagi was assassinated in Italy by the New Red Brigades in the aftermath of September 11, the country was transported back 30 years to the violent "Years of Lead." In the 1970s Neo-Fascists planted bombs, Marxist-Leninists kneecapped and assassinated, and ordinary Italians were afraid to go to their offices in the morning. There were over 500 killed by terrorists in those years, thousands wounded, burned, scarred; there are hundreds in jail or who have done time, and thousands still out there, like "Giorgio," having lived decades as clandestine soldiers. The most shocking document of that unstable era and one of the primary source documents in the history of terrorism is this anonymous firsthand narrative of a life devoted to the bloody cause of The Red Brigades. In candid and grim detail, "Giorgio" tells of his "transition to living underground." He coldly narrates his mundane routine that prefigures the methods of al-Quaeda: the long patient shadowing of potential targets (never victim, always "target"), the clinical monitoring of the news for opportunities for destruction, and the relentless study of target companies to identify the strategic personnel to kneecap or assassinate. He describes the succession of events that took him from simple troublemaking to full-fledged terrorism, from a gleeful "proletarian expropriation" of Levis from a Milanese "jeanseria" to shooting at the police in a famous demonstration in which one policeman was killed, and on to outright political assassinations. Fascinating and horrifying to the end, Giorgio's story resonates with the current situation in the United States as much as it did with Italy's when it was first published. A best-seller in Europe and a classic in Italy, this is the first U.S. publication of these uncensored memoirs of an unrepentant terrorist.

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