Philip Steele - Hostage Takers - Hachette Children's Group

Hostage Takers

By Philip Steele

  • Hardback
  • £12.99

In-depth explorations of big topics in today's world.

Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In Hostage-takers, we ask who are today's hostage-takers and what do they want? What drives them to extreme action? We look at how captivity and stress affect the victims and ask whether we should negotiate with hostage-takers. How can lives be saved and how can hostage-taking be prevented in the first place?

Biographical Notes

The author, Philip Steele, is an experienced writer of non-fiction for young people, on topics ranging from history to current affairs.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780750282543
  • Publication date: 25 Sep 2014
  • Page count: 48
  • Imprint: Wayland
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