Examines the new, apocalyptic or world-ending violence
that reached American shores in its most tragic form on September 11,
2001. Discusses the history of
apocalyptic movements (such as the Crusades); of violent cultic groups from the
Middle Ages to the contemporary world (such as Jim Jones); of fundamentalism in
the major religions of the world and how and why it so often gets connected to
terrorism; and of the way nuclear, biological and chemical weapons have changed
our psychological landscape.