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Never Again Without a Rifle: The Origins of Italian Terrorism
Never Again Without a Rifle: The Origins of Italian Terrorism
By Alessandro Silj
Karz, 1979, 233 pp.

The intent here is to show that Italian terrorism is the product of indigenous conditions, not foreign conspiracy, and that the urban guerrillas are serious leftist revolutionaries, not fascists in disguise or bored middle-class youths. As proof, Silj offers several chapter-length biographies of leading members of the Red Brigades and the Armed Proletarian Nuclei, whose individual psychology and personal frustration led them to violence as the only way of altering the social and political system.