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Fools, Martyrs, Traitors: The Story of Martyrdom in the Western World
by Lacey Baldwin Smith
Northwestern University Press, 1999
Paper: 978-0-8101-1724-2

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Lacey Baldwin Smith takes us on a riveting journey through history as he examines one of the most baffling characteristics of the human experience: the willingness to die to sanctify a deity, defend a cause, or simply to prove a point. By delving into the psyches, politics, and personalities of martyrs like Thomas Becket, John Brown, and Gandhi, he illuminates the complex and elusive subject of martyrdom as it has evolved over 2,500 years.

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