Their devastating and deadly actions punctuate the world news almost nightly, yet they remain faceless figures amidst the violence and turmoil that engulf the Middle East. What could possibly compel a suicide bomber to voluntarily take their own lives, along with those of hundreds of innocent victims? There is perhaps no one better equipped to investigate this terrifying practice than Robert Baer.
Baer, a decorated former Middle East CIA Agent and the man George Clooney’s character was based on in SYRIANA, reveals the secret history of the suicide bomber. He travels to the Middle East to investigate the root of the chilling “pathological virus” that has driven many desperate fanatics to seek honor and glory through death and destruction.
From the 13-year-old boy that would serve as the world’s first suicide bomber during the Iran-Iraq War to the truck bombers of South Lebanon and the modern-day “martyrs” who strap themselves with explosives before boarding Tel Aviv busses, Baer attempts to find out where the concept of suicide bombing went from battlefield strategy to urban-warfare standard.