Terrorists, Extremists, Militants:Selected Biographies, Autobiographies and related Documents and Writings

Terrorists, Extremists, Militants:Selected Biographies, Autobiographies and related Documents and Writings

Compiled by Eric Price

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Alexander, Y. & Swetnam, M.S. (2001) Usama bin Laden's al-Qaida: profile of a terrorist network Ardsley, NY: Transnational Publishers


Amrozi bin Nurhasyim (2009) Senyum terakhir Sang Mujahid: catatan kehidupan seorang Jakarta: Ar-Rahmah Media

Anderson, B. (2002) Joe Cahill: a life in the IRA Dublin: O'Brien Press


Ayton, M. (2007) The forgotten terrorist: Sirhan Sirhan and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books


Bājā, M. S. (2009) Khāṛakū yodhe [In Panjabi] [Biographies of Sikh terrorists] Ammritasara: Guramati Pustaka Bhaṇḍāra


Balzerani,B. (1998) Compagna luna [in Italian] Milan: Feltrinelli


Baumann, B. (1979) Terror or love? the personal account of a West German urban guerrilla London: J. Calder


Bell, S. (2005) The martyr's oath: the apprenticeship of a homegrown terrorist. Mississauga, ON: J. Wiley & Sons


Bertoldi, S. (1990) Hitler: la sua battaglia. [in Italian] Milano: Rizzoli


Bertoldi, S. (1999) Le signore della svastica: protagoniste e vittime del Reich di Hitler. [in Italian] Milano: Rizzoli


Beyer, M. (2001) Heinrich Müller: Gestapo chief. New York: Rosen


Bin Ladin, C. (2004) The Veiled Kingdom London: Virago


Borchgrevink, A. S. (2012) En norsk tragedie: Anders Behring Breivik og veiene til Utøya  Oslo: Gyldendal [*http://www.bokklubben.no/SamboWeb/produkt.do?produktId=6924071]

Bothorel, J. (2001) Un terroriste Breton [in French] Paris: Calmann-Lévy


Braghetti, L. & Mambro, F. (1995) Nel cerchio della prigione [in Italian] Milano: Sperling & Kupfer


Brisard, J-C. & Marinez, D. (2007) Zarqawi: the new face of Al-Qaeda. Cambridge: Polity


Broido, V. (1977) Apostles into terrorists: women and the revolutionary movement in the Russia of Alexander II. New York: Viking Press


Bullock, A. L. C. & Bullock, B. (1952) Hitler; a study in tyranny London: Odhams Press

Carini, M. (2003) Fritz Teufel: wenn's der Wahrheitsfindung dient [in German] Hamburg: Konkret Literatur


Carswell, D. (Ed.) (1955) Trial of Guy Fawkes and others: (The Gunpowder Plot). Holmes Beach, FL: Gaunt, Inc.

Casamassima, P. (2005) Donne di piombo: Mara, Annamaria, Angela, Barbara, Anna Laura, Adriana, Barbara, Annamaria, Geraldina, Nadia, Francesca: undici storie nella lotta armata [in Italian] Milano: Bevivino


Cassels, L. (1984) The archduke and the assassin: Sarajevo, June 28th 1914. New York: Stein and Day [*http://www.amazon.com/The-Archduke-Assassin-Sarajevo-June/dp/0812830210]

Chase, A. (2003) Harvard and the Unabomber: the education of an American terrorist. New York: W. W. Norton


Clarke, J.W. (2007) Defining danger: American assassins and the new domestic terrorists New Brunswick, N.J.; London: Transaction Publishers


Dang, S. (1988) Genesis of terrorism: an analytical study of Punjab terrorists. New Delhi: Patriot Publishers


Damlov L. & Kallestrup, C. (2012) Tre meter fra Breivik: en beretning fra Nordens storste terrorretssag [in Danish] Kopenhagen: Informations Forlag


Dedijer, V. (1966) Sarajevo, 1914 [in Serbian] Beograd: Prosveta.

Dennis, A.J. (2002) Osama bin Laden: a psychological and political portrait. Lima,Ohio: Wyndham Hall Press


Doak, R. S. (2009) Assassination at Sarajevo: the spark that started World War I. Minneapolis, Minn.: Compass Point Books


Draper, E. (1855) Guy Fawkes. London: Nassau Steam Press.

Edwards, F. (1969) Guy Fawkes: the real story of the gunpowder plot. London: Hart-Davis


English, R. (1998) Ernie O'Malley: IRA intellectual Oxford: Clarendon


Follain, J. (1998) Jackal: the secret wars of Carlos the Jackal. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson


Fraser, A. (1996) Faith and treason: the story of the Gunpowder Plot. New York: Doubleday



Gacemi, M. (2006) I, Nadia, Wife of a Terrorist. Traverse City, MI.: University of Nabraska Press [*https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/i-nadia-wife-of-a-terrorist/]

Gallinari, P. (2006) Un contadino nella metropoli: ricordi di un militante delle Brigate rosse [in Italian] Milano: Bompiani


Garnett, H. (1962) Portrait of Guy Fawkes: an experiment in biography. London: Hale

Geifman, A. (2000) Entangled in terror: the Azef affair and the Russian Revolution. Wilmington, De.: Scholarly Resources


Grandi, A. (2007) L'ultimo brigatista [in Italian] Milan: BUR. Futuropassato


Hamilton, D. (197) A cause worth living for: my journey out of terrorism Godalming: Highland Books


Herath, T. (2012) Women in terrorism: case of the LTTE. New Delhi; London: SAGE Publications


Hodges, G.A. (2000) Franco: a concise biography London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson


Husain, E. (2007) The Islamist. London. New York Penguin Books


Imron, A. (2007) Ali Imron, sang pengebom. [in Urdu] Jakarta: Penerbit Republika


Jacquard, R. & Nasplèze, D. (1997) Carlos, le dossier secret [in French]. Paris: Picollec


Jensen, G. (2005) Franco: soldier, commander, dictator. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books


Jevdjevic, D. (2002) Sarajevski zaverenici [in Serbian]. Belgrade: Familet


Kjelle, M. M. (ed.) (2005) Hitler and his henchmen San Diego: Greenhaven Press


Jacquard, R. & Serageldin, S. (2002)   In the name of Osama bin Laden: global terrorism and the bin Laden brotherhood. Durham: Duke University Press


Lahlum, H. O. (2013) Et kvart liv: Havard Vederhus 1989-2011 [in Norwegian] Oslo: Cappelen Damm [*http://www.cappelendamm.no/main/katalog.aspx?f=11658&isbn=9788202411206]

Larabee, A. (2005) The dynamite fiend: the chilling story of Alexander Keith Jr., Nova Scotian spy, con artist, & international terrorist. Halifax, N.S.: Nimbus Pub.


Lathbury, T. (1840) Guy Fawkes; or, The gunpowder treason, A.D.1605; with a development of the principles of the conspirators: and an appendix on the anonymous letter. London: J.W. Parker

Lehto-Bleckert, K. (2010) Ulrike Meinhof 1934-1976: ihr Weg zur Terroristin [in German] Marburg: Tectum


Lia, B. (2007) Architect of global jihad: the life of al-Qaida strategist Abu Mus'ab al-Suri. London: Hurst & Company


Lippestad, G. & Gangdal, J. (2013) Det vi kan sta for [in Norwegian]. Oslo: Aschehoug


Lister, D. (2004) Mad dog: the rise and fall of Johnny Adair and 'C Company'.  Edinburgh: Mainstream


Loomie, A. J. (1971) Guy Fawkes in Spain; the "Spanish treason" in Spanish  documents London: University of London, Institute of Historical Research


Lozowick, Y. (2002) Hitler's bureaucrats: the Nazi security police and the banality of evil London; New York: Continuum


Mazzocchi, S. (1994) Nell'anno della Tigre: storia di Adriana Faranda [in Italian]. Milano: Baldini & Castoldi


McCartney, J. (2002) 'Fufteen' Dublin: Malahide


McGuire, E. (2006) Enemy of the empire: life as an international undercover IRA activist. Dublin: O'Brien


Meier, S.R. (1992) Carlos: Demaskierung eines Topterroristen [in German] München: Knaur


Mendelsohn, J.  (Ed.) (1989) A Man called A.H. New York: Garland Pub.


Menétrey-Savary, A-C. (2003) Hussein Hariri: un pirate de l'air repenti [in French]. Lausanne: Favre


Mockaitis, T. R. (2010) Osama bin Laden: a biography. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood


Mokae, G. (2004) Robert McBride, a coloured life Pretoria: South African History Online


Moussaoui, A.S. & Bouquillat, F. (2003) Zacarias Moussaoui: the making of a terrorist London: Serpent's Tail


Mousset, A. (1930) Princip, Gavrilo, 1894-1918, defendan.t [in French]. Paris: Payot

Mulder, E. (2012) Anders Breivik is niet alleen [in Dutch]


Naidu, S.K. (ed.) (2002) Osama Bin Laden: the patron saint of terrorism. Delhi: Kalinga Publications


Oftestad, B. T. (2012) Etter Utøya: om det nye norske Vi og det nye norske De [in Norwegian] Rakkestad: Valdisholm forlag


Outman, J. L. & May, M. & Sawinski, D. (Eds.) ( 2003) Terrorism. Biographies Detroit: U*X*L [http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy0711/2002113130.html]

Payne, R. (1957) The Terrorists. The story of the forerunners of Stalin New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co.


Peacock, C.J. (donator) (1905) Collection concerning Guy Fawkes. Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, D.C.


Preston, P. (1993) Franco: a biography London: HarperCollins


Price, S.S. (2010) Osama bin Laden London: Heinemann Library


Prinz, A. (2003) Lieber wütend als traurig: die Lebensgeschichte der Ulrike Marie Meinhof [in German]. Weinheim: Beltz & Gelberg


Randal, J.C. (2012) Osama: the making of a terrorist. London: I.B. Tauris


Reeve, S. (1999) The new jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the future of terrorism.  London: André Deutsch


Robinson, A. (2001) Bin Laden: behind the mask of the terrorist. Edinburgh: Mainstream


Rodrigues, R. (2010) Kasab: the face of 26/11. New Delhi: Penguin Books


Saleem, K. & Vincent, L. (2009) The Blood of Lambs: A Former Terrorist's Memoir of Death and Redemption. Brentwood, Tennessee: Howard Books


Sánchez, A. C. (2014) Franco: the biography of the myth. London; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group


Scheuer, M. (2011) Osama bin Laden. Oxford: University Press


Schmaldienst, F. &  Matschke, K-D. (1995) Carlos-Komplize Weinrich: die internationale Karriere eines deutschen Top-Terroristen [in German]. Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn


Simons, E. N. (1963) The devil of the vault; a life of Guy Fawkes London: F. Muller

Sinha, A. (2000) Death of dreams: a terrorist's tale. New Delhi: HarperCollins Publishers


Smith, C. (1995) Carlos: portrait of a terrorist London: Mandarin


Stalcup, B. (Ed.) (2000) Adolf Hitler San Diego, Calif.: Greenhaven Press

Summers, A. & Swan, R. (2001) The eleventh day: the full story of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden London: Doubleday


Travers, J. (2005) Gunpowder: the players behind the plot. Kew Richmond, Surrey: National Archives

Trythall. J.W.D. (1970) Franco: a biography. London: Hart-Davis


Vas, L.S.R. (2001) Osama Bin Laden: king of terror or saviour of Islam? Delhi: Pustak Mahal


Viett, I. (1997) Nie war ich furchtloser: Autobiographie [in German]. Hamburg: Nautilus


Warner, J. (2005) The incendiary: misadventures of John the Painter, the first modern terrorist. Toronto: M&S


Wesemann, K. (2007) Ulrike Meinhof: Kommunistin, Journalistin, Terroristin: eine politische Biografie. Baden-Baden: Nomos


Winterberg, Y. & Peter, J. (2004) Der Rebell: Odfried Hepp, Neonazi, Terrorist, Aussteiger [in German] Bergisch Gladbach: Lübbe



Non-Conventional Literature

Gatehouse, J. (2011) The life and times of Osama bin Laden: profiling the world’s most hated terrorist. Toronto, ON.: Maclean’s


Glynn, R. (2008) Writing the Terrorist Self: Alterity, Autobiography and Italy’s Female Perpetrators [thesis]. University of Cardiff


Goertzel, T. (2002) Terrorist Beliefs and Terrorist Lives [in: Stout, C. (Ed.) The Psychology of Terrorism; Volume I; pp 97-111] Westport, Connecticut: Praeger


Lawrence, B. (2006) Osama bin Laden: Qur’an as Mandate for Jihad [in Qur’an: a biography; chapter 14, pp.172-183]. New York: Atlantic Press


Lozowick, Y. (1995) Malicious clerks: the Nazi security police and the banality of evil [thesis]. University of Jerusalem


Pakistan’s Bin Laden Dossier (2013) Al Jazeera: Leaked report shows Bin Laden's 'hidden life'


Smith, J. C. (2011) Radicalization of Life Scientists [thesis]. Georgetown University


Springer, N.R. (2009) Patterns of radicalization: identifying the markers and warning signs of domestic lone wolf terrorists in our midst.[thesis] Naval Postgraduate School: Monterey, California,. [http://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=29620]

Weston, L. (1989) The FLQ: The life and times of a terrorist organization [thesis]. McGill University, Montreal



Prime Journal Articles

Alessandro, O.: Interview With a Terrorist by Vocation: A Day Among the Diehard Terrorists, Part II Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 36 (8) 2013 pp.672-684


Bielby, C.: Narrating the revolutionary self in German post-terrorist life-writing: gender, identity and historical agency 67 (2) 2014 pp.219-241


Burger, T.J. & Calabresi, M.: Profiling the Terrorists. Time Wednesday, Sept. 06, 2006


Canter, D, & Sarangi, S. & Youngs, D.: Terrorists' personal constructs and their roles: A comparison of the three Islamic terrorists. Legal and Criminological Psychology 18 (1, February) 2014 pp.160-178


Colvin, S.: Ulrike Marie Meinhof as Woman and Terrorist: Cultural Discourses of Violence

and Virtue German Monitor 70 (1) 2008 pp.83-101


Dillon, M.: Patriotism and valour are in your blood: necropolitical subjectivities in the terrorist (1999) Studies in South Asian Film & Media 1 (2) 2009 pp.209-226


Etcheson, N.: John Brown, Terrorist? American Nineteenth Century History 10 (1) 2009 pp.29-48


Etzioni, A.: Terrorists: A Distinct Species. Terrorism and Political Violence 23 (1) 2011, pp.1-12 [http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/partnerships/Cornerstone%20Project/Terrorists_a_Distinct_Speciesa_Distinct_Treatment.pdf]

Glynn, R.: Writing the terrorist self: the unspeakable alterity of Italy's female perpetrators  Feminist Review 92 (1) 2009 pp.1-18


Hausken, K. & Zhuang, J.: Defending Against a Stockpiling Terrorist The Engineering Economist 56 (4) 2011 pp.321-353.


Kaminskiy, M. P. & Ayyub, B. M.: Terrorist Population Dynamics Model Risk Analysis 26 (3) pp.747-752 [*http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16834631]

Kassimeris, G.: Why Greek Terrorists Give Up: Analyzing Individual Exit from the Revolutionary Organization 17 November Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 34 (7) 2011 pp. 556-571 [*http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2011.578551#preview]   

Kastenbaum, R.: Death writ large Death Studies 28 (4) 2004 pp.375-392


Melzer, P.: 'Death in the Shape of a Young Girl': Feminist Responses to Media Representations of Women Terrorists during the 'German Autumn' of 1977 International Feminist Journal of Politics 11 (1) 2009 pp.36-62


Pantucci, R.: A Biography of Rashid Rauf: Al-Qa`ida’s British Operative CTC Sentinel 5 (7, Jul 24) 2012 pp.12-16


Pittel, K. & Rbbelke, D.: What Directs a Terrorist? Defence and Peace Economics 17 (4) 2006 pp.311-328. [http://economics.ca/2005/papers/0389.pdf]

Post, J. & Berko, A.: Talking with Terrorists. Democracy and Security 5 (2) 2009 pp.145-148


Reinares, F.: Who Are the Terrorists? Analyzing Changes in Sociological Profile among Members of ETA Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 27 (6) 2004 pp.465-488     


Stenersen, A.: Al Qaeda's Foot Soldiers: A Study of the Biographies of Foreign Fighters Killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan Between 2002 and 2006. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 34 (3, March) 2011 pp.171-198


Tripathy, J. Biopolitics, torture, and the making of the terrorist: an essay on un-moderning  Social Semiotics 24 (2) 2014 pp.159-174


Turton, K.: Teaching & Learning Guide for: Men, Women and an Integrated History of the Russian Revolutionary Movement History compass 9 (5) 2011 pp.448-453



See also Resources on the Internet:

About.com – Global Terrorism – Profile: Osama bin Laden


Infamous terrorists - Biography Channel [http://www.biography.com/people/groups/terrorists#awesm=~oCsTKz9IreUZtT]

Nazi Biographies; Hitler and his henchmen


Terrorists Biography – Barnes & Noble


The Top 10 Terrorist of All-Time – NewsOne



About the Compiler: Eric Price is a Professional Information Specialist who worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) before he joined, upon retirement, ‘Perspectives on Terrorism’ as Editorial Assistant.

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