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May 23, 1986

Winning Back the Sky: A Tactical Analysis of Terrorism

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1986;255(20):2819-2820. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370200121046

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David G. Hubbard, MD, is a psychiatrist who has interviewed hundreds of terrorists in the course of his research on skyjacking. In Winning Back the Sky, Hubbard, who pulls no punches, focuses on one type of terrorism—skyjacking—and examines the motivations of the individual terrorist. What personal and ideological factors make him resort to terrorism, especially skyjacking? What is the personality makeup of a typical skyjacker? What are some responses that the target government can make to deter future incidents? Hubbard also addresses the important role of the media in terrorism, especially that of the electronic media.

In an earlier work (The Skyjacker: His Flights of Fancy, New York, Macmillan Publishing Co Inc, 1971), Hubbard examined 52 skyjackers, isolating certain characteristics common to them. In Winning Back the Sky, he continues and updates this work, placing the personality of the skyjacker within the context of other motivating forces, such as the