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1. Inside Terrorism
2. Slavery, Terrorism & Islam
3. Terrorism and Homeland Security:
4. The History of Terrorism: From
5. Terrorism and Counterterrorism:
6. The Nazi Connection to Islamic
7. On Nuclear Terrorism
8. How Terrorism Ends: Understanding
9. Understanding Terrorism: Challenges,
10. Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion
11. The Mind of the Terrorist: The
12. Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy
13. Insurgency and Terrorism: From
14. Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies,
15. Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate
16. Global Terrorism and New Media:
17. Terrorism in the Twenty-First
18. Blood and Rage: A Cultural History
19. Terrorism Handbook for Operational
20. The Psychology of Terrorism (Cass

1. Inside Terrorism
by Bruce Hoffman
Paperback: 456 Pages (2006-05-09)
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Bruce Hoffman'sInside Terrorism has remained a seminal work for understanding the historical evolution of terrorism and the terrorist mindset. In this revised edition of the classic text, Hoffman analyzes the new adversaries, motivations, and tactics of global terrorism that have emerged in recent years, focusing specifically on how al Qaeda has changed since 9/11; the reasons behind its resiliency, resonance, and longevity; and its successful use of the Internet and videotapes to build public support and gain new recruits. Hoffman broadens the discussion by evaluating the potential repercussions of the Iraqi insurgency, the use of suicide bombers, terrorist exploitation of new communications media, and the likelihood of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear terrorist strike.

Closer to home, Hoffman reconsiders the Timothy McVeigh case and the threats posed by American Christian white supremacists and abortion opponents as well as those posed by militant environmentalists and animal rights activists. He argues that the attacks on the World Trade Center fundamentally transformed the West's view of the terrorist threat. More relevant and necessary than ever,Inside Terrorism continues to be the definitive work on the history and future of global terrorism.

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The word "terrorism" first became popular during the FrenchRevolution, when the régime de la terreur was initiallyviewed as a positive political system that used fear to remindcitizens of the necessity of virtue. The use of violence to "educate"people about ideological issues has continued, but it has taken ondecidedly negative connotations--and has become predominantly, thoughnot exclusively, a tactic deployed by those who do not have the powers ofstate at their disposal.

Bruce Hoffman, the director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorismand Political Violence, has written a clear summary of some of themajor historical trends in international terrorism. He makes carefuldistinctions between the motivations that drive political (orethno-nationalist) terrorism and religious terrorism, and he alsoshows why the rise of religious terrorism, coupled with the increasedavailability of weapons of mass destruction, may foretell an era ofeven greater violence. In the past, Hoffman argues, the main goal ofthe terrorist was not to kill, but to attract media attention to hiscause in the hope of initiating reform. "For the religious terrorist,"however, "violence is first and foremost a sacramental act or divineduty executed in direct response to some theological demand orimperative ... religious terrorists see themselves not as components ofa system worth preserving but as 'outsiders,' seeking fundamentalchanges in the existing order." Hoffman does not "choose sides" inthis framework, pointing to the bombings of the World Trade Center andOklahoma City and to the sarin nerve gas attacks in Tokyo in order todemonstrate that fundamentalists of any religious denominationare capable of extreme acts of terrorism. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not too shabby
Hoffman does his best to not only define terrorism but provide timely information in an unbiased manner. This book is my textbook for my college Crime and Terrorism class. This has become an extremely useful tool and would recommend that it be read to better understand the psychology of terrorists and the concept of terrorism.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inside Terrorism
Inside Terrorism is perhaps the only book on the subject that covered so much.Though has space to update is require reading for the topic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just as promised
I purchased this book for school and it came in great condition for a great price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction for experts but terrorism is a problem for citizens
This is an excellent book for understanding a particular type of terrorism -- extreme violence by radical groups like Al Qaeda, the PLO, white supremacists, Basque separatists, and others in which the purpose of violent attacks is to gain media attention as a way to advance a political agenda. This book is well respected in the intelligence community as a guide for understanding the phenomenon of terrorism.

Hoffman suggests terrorism is sometimes effective if the violence resonates with an aggrieved group, but he notes that the media effect is often mixed because most people are opposed to killing and destruction. And he makes a case that for most terrorist groups operate under a long term disadvantage. His thorough treatment covers a broad spectrum of groups while being fair and unbiased despite the pejorative term "terrorism". And he offers an intelligent exploration of this term itself.

My problem with Mr. Hoffman's analysis, however, is that he sees terrorism as violent politically-motivated crime by extremists seeking publicity. His perspective is that of a competent government official trying to solve a military or police problem. But I think the problem of terrorism is larger, more dangerous, in the sense that government can BECOME the terrorist when it tries to prevent terrorism, and fails to do so (curfews, friskings, detentions, wiretaps, etc).

Hoffman's book is an excellent guide for people who like the current arrangement and believe government is doing a good job in fighting its war on terrorism. It's an intelligent introduction to a complex subject for specialists. He deserves commendation for shedding light on one part of a complex problem.

Thomas W. Sulcer
author of Common Sense II: How to Prevent the Three Types of Terrorism (Amazon/Kindle)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A FIne Overview
This is a well written and informative introduction to the world of terrorism.Due to the vastness and diversity of the subject it is difficult to really explore one facet of terrorism completely without making the work so long and detailed you lose your audience.In this book, the author doesn't delve too deeply into any one specific area but rather gives a good, concise overview of the recent history of terrorism and the groups who practice it.This is a great jumping off point for anyone interested in studying the topic more closely. ... Read more

2. Slavery, Terrorism & Islam - Revised & Expanded Edition
by Dr. Peter Hammond
Paperback: 182 Pages (2009-01-01)
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Dr. Peter Hammond's new book: SLAVERY, TERRORISM & ISLAM - The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat is a fascinating, well illustrated and thoroughly documented response to the relentless anti-Christian propaganda that has been generated by Muslim and Marxist groups and by Hollywood film makers. As Karl Marx declared: The first battlefield is the re-writing of History! Slavery, Terrorism & Islam sets the record straight with chapters on Muhammad, the Caliphas and Jihad , The Oppression of Women in Islam , The Sources of Islam and The Scourge of Slavery the Rest of the Story . With over 200 pictures and 15 maps and charts, this book is richly illustrated. It consists of 16 chapters and 13 very helpful appendixes including demographic maps of the spread of Islam, a Glossary of Islamic Terms, a comparison of Muslim nations' military spending vs. their national prosperity, a chart on how Jihad works depending on the percentage of Muslims in the population and guidelines for Muslim evangelism. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Weak on sources
Sadly, I had to read several pages of text with lots of statistics and fascinating information that had no documentation before I found something that was loosely documented. There are no footnotes and the endnotes don't begin until chapter four! Then they jump to chapter six. I know, by other research, that Peter Hammond is probably giving accurate information, but I can't quote someone who doesn't document his claims consistently and thoroughly. Even when he tells the reader where he got his information, the author merely refers to a book that is listed in the very brief bibliography. That forces the conscientious reader to get the referenced book, do more research, and find out if the author's statement is reliable. What a shame he didn't take the time to carefully document with footnotes or exhaustive endnotes. How much more effective might this work have been.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Source
This book contains information that is not available in other sources.It is filled with logically ordered facts that can be used for serious investigations on contemporary Islam radical actions in many countries.Amazon and the publisher did an excellent job delivering this rare book to me in a timely fashion.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Ongoing War Between Islam and the World
This is the sort of book that all Americans should read, particularly those who believe Islam is a peaceful religion.It is peaceful in this country: when a group numbers in the 2-3% range, they are always peaceful.When percentages increase, through immigration, births, etc., they soon get enough power to be obnoxious as it is in Europe now. Once the percentages get into the nineties, you have Sharia Law and they obey the doctrine 'given' them by Allah to convert or kill.

This isn't just Islam; this is human nature.It was that way when Catholics had the power over Protestants and vice versa.Tomas de Torquemada, First Grand Inquisitor of Spain, allegedly said, "When you are sure you are right, you have a moral duty to impose your will on anyone who disagrees with you."When someone is doing something to you for your own good they can be much harsher.When they have the mandate of Allah, no holds barred.

I am half way through the book and think it is well worth reading, as noted. I realize this is more commentary than review and won't obtain a wide readership since most of us like to bury our heads in the sand - or stick them elsewhere - rather than accept the undying enmity of our opponents.

4-0 out of 5 stars Understand why Muslims are...
Still reading, but am learning lots. Been looking for a book to assist understanding what makes the Muslims we read about tick.Intend to do some discovery re accuracy, etc of book.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE VIEW FROM THE FRONTLINE
This is a review of the expanded second edition of SLAVERY, TERRORISM & ISLAM: THE HISTORICAL ROOTS AND CONTEMPORARY THREAT by Dr. Peter Hammond founder and director of Frontline Fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa. Rev. Hammond has done Christian outreach in such war torn areas as Sudan, Angola and Mozambique.This is the "front line" from which his views of Islam originate.

And they are dark visions.Rev. Hammond details massacres, slavery, colonization and terrorism by Islam in many of those distant areas and the view he presents the reader is one we don't often see in the West. Islam isn't "the religion of peace" in Rev. Hammond's interesting book. It's a religion of war and world conquest.

Hammond's views are controversial enough that the government of Sudan has declared officially through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs website that he "should expect to be shot on sight!" Rev. Hammond, however, does not treat Muslims the way they treat Christians.

Instead, he writes of the many wonderful individual Muslims he's met and how it's his duty as a Christian to "share the Gospel" with them. Rev. Hammond doesn't exhort his fellow Christians to war. Instead, he exhorts us to knowledge of what Islam really involves. He makes a persuasive argument that Muhammad was a False Prophet who deceived his followers.

He calls upon us as Christians to recognize the dangers which make up this False Prophet's legacy and to resist them peacefully through prayer and evangelical outreach to them. The dark legacy of Islam is based on ignorance and fear, he explains.It will fall to the Light of Truth.

Rev. Hammond is a good writer in addition to being a fearless witness. His book is organized by topic for quick reference rather than presented as an integrated narrative.

I found it useful and informative and gave it five stars. ... Read more

3. Terrorism and Homeland Security: An Introduction
by Jonathan R. White
Hardcover: 592 Pages (2008-01-03)
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TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY: AN INTRODUCTION, Sixth Edition, is the best-selling terrorism book on the market. National terrorism expert Jonathan R. White provides specific examples that will enable you to understand how terrorism arises and how it functions. Dr. White gives essential historical (pre-1980) background on the phenomenon of terrorism and the roots of contemporary conflicts, includes detailed descriptions of recent and contemporary conflicts shaping the world stage, and presents theoretical and concrete information about Homeland Security organizations. Throughout, he reviews the relevant issues and challenges. With this sixth edition, Dr. White has fine-tuned the text and kept pace with the state of terrorism in today's world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Transaction
Book received 6 days after purchase in listed condition.Smooth and easy transaction.Thank you!

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This is the hardest read I have experienced. If it wasn't a required textbook, I wouldn't own it. It is more a reference book than a textbook anyway - it doesn't teach you anything, it just makes a statement, gives the reference for that statement, makes another statement, perhaps in conflict with the first, then gives the reference. And so on. All you end up with is mud and sand, no bricks and no buildings. Not even my instructor defends this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
We used this as our primary textbook in a National Security and Terrorism class. What a great book! Everyone should read this book!If you are interested in understanding the motivation behind terrorism (in all forms...)and working toward a solution, this is a must!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read on Terrorism & Homeland Security
Excellent text for the beginner ... easy to read &follow ... doesn't focus on just one group or country ... a well rounded book on a front page topic ... well worth your time.

3-0 out of 5 stars Haha
The first word on page 3 paragraph 2 is spelled wrong. It reads "Now matter how it is defined." It should read "No matter how it is defined. ... Read more

4. The History of Terrorism: From Antiquity to al Qaeda
Paperback: 483 Pages (2007-08-01)
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This authoritative work provides an essential perspective on terrorism by offering a rare opportunity for analysis and reflection at a time of ongoing violence, chilling threats, and renewed reprisals. In it, some of the best international specialists working on the subject today examine terrorism's long and complex history from antiquity to the present day and find that terror, long the weapon of the weak against the strong, is a tactic as old as warfare itself. Beginning with the Zealots of Antiquity, the contributors discuss the Assassins of the Middle Ages, the 1789 Terror movement in Europe, Bolshevik terrorism during the Russian Revolution, Stalinism, "resistance" terrorism during World War II, and Latin American revolutionary movements of the late 1960s. Finally, they consider the emergence of modern transnational terrorism, focusing on the roots of Islamic terrorism, al Qaeda, and the rise of the contemporary suicide martyr. Along the way, they provide a groundbreaking analysis of how terrorism has been perceived throughout history. What becomes powerfully clear is that only through deeper understanding can we fully grasp the present dangers of a phenomenon whose repercussions are far from over.
Includes essays by François Géré, Rohan Gunaratna, Olivier Hubac-Occhipinti, Ariel Merari, Philippe Migaux, Yves Ternon ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars good but not great
Good book bu if i would of know it was from Cal Berkley liberal capital i probably would of ordered another book instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrorism without Sentiment...
"The History of Terorism" From Antiquity To Al Qaeda" offers a clear-eyed, unsentimental and comprehensive look at terrorism.The editors, Gerard Chaliand and Arnaud Blin, are also the major contributors to a series of well-written essays that trace the historical roots and the modern usage of terrorism.

The book is divided into three sections.The first deals with the prehistory of terrorism, especially by small, specialized groups such as the Zealots.The second section covers the period 1789 to 1968, as terrorism came into its own as a tool of radical political movements.The final section, slightly more than half the book, covers the recent uses of terrorism, especially by Islamic radicals including but not limited to al-Qaeda.

The text appears to have been translated from French, which may be the cause of slightly wooden prose in some of the entries.More importantly, this history is not US-centric, which may be a refreshing change for some students in this field.The approach is generally from the theoretical underpinnings of the politics and/or religious motivations of groups practicing terrorism, to the results of their efforts."A History of Terrorism" is very highly recommended for its comprehensive and unsentimental look at the topic.

4-0 out of 5 stars excellent and informative
"The History of Terrorism" written by Chaliand and Blin, is a very interesting book.From the beginning, we're faced with the difficult question of what constitutes terrorism.I could probably tackle this issue with several books alone.Remember that old adage, "your terrorist is my freedom fighter".One of the primary objectives of any military engagement is to effectively reduce the will of the enemy to fight - often through terror or "shock and awe".Unfortunately, the GHWB commission's definition of terrorism is adopted, in which "sub-government" organizations terrorize.Clearly, as much is later written in this book about the terrorism brought against people by Nazi and Communist regimes, little is mentioned about American terrorism against the Native Americans or Slaves or Japanese in internment camps in the USA and populace of Japanese cities in the bombings in WW2.That's a significant weakness of the book.A disproportionate and perhaps overlooked level of detail is offered on the history of terrorism by the Israeli's in their Zionistic cause.The book tends to ramble often.The second half of the book was written in a much more informative manner, broken up with logical subsections, and, on the whole, seemed to be written in a much fairer style.It did not draw me in like so many other books usually do on the topic of terrorism.While this is far from just mediocre writing, it just never fully engaged me.I give this a grade of C+.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very useful book
Histroy of terrorism is a very useful and highly interesting book and readers would stand to gain a lot from reading it. I strongly recommend that this book be read widely in order for modern men to be armed with an appropriate knowledge about the most sensational phenomena of the new century. It is brain teasing and covers an wide array of patterns of terrorism.

Gautam Maitra
Author of 'Tracing the Eagle's Orbit: Illuminating Insights into Major US Foreign Policies Since Independence'.

5-0 out of 5 stars Know the backstory!
I like this text in that it sets historical and moral context for today's conflicts.
Chaliand and Blin, the editors, lay out the text in chapters on eras and specific conflicts.The text is notable in that it delves into the evolution of the moral debates concerning the targeting of civilians in times of warfare.Few today realize that much of today's terrorism evolved from the guerilla warfare in Occupied Europe of WWII, and the partisan civil conflicts that often followed after Nazi Germany was defeated.The editors draw these connections well, while maintaining a balanced academic-style approach.It is indeed difficult to discuss this field of study without taking sides or pontificating on the morality of "who is a legitimate target."Chailiand and Blin walk this line well.
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5. Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Understanding the New Security Environment, Readings and Interpretations (Textbook)
by Russell Howard, Reid Sawyer, Natasha Bajema
Paperback: 696 Pages (2008-02-22)
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In this new edition of TERRORISM AND COUNTERTERRORISM: UNDERSTANDING THE NEW SECURITY ENVIRONMENT, READINGS AND INTERPRETATIONS, Brigadier General (Retired) Russell Howard, Major Reid Sawyer and Natasha Bajema have collected original and previously published seminal articles and essays by political scientists, government officials, and members of the nation’s armed forces. The editors and several of the authors write from practical field experience in the nation’s war on terrorism. Others have had significant responsibility for planning government policy and responses. The contributors include a majority of the significant names in the field including John Arquilla, Richard Betts, Martha Crenshaw, Rohan Gunaratna, Bruce Hoffman and Paul Pillar. Part One of the book analyzes the philosophical, political, and religious roots of terrorist activities around the world and discusses the national, regional, and global effects of historical and recent acts of terrorism. In addition to material on the threats from suicide bombers, as well as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons, there are also important contributions analyzing new and growing threats such as genomic terrorism. Part Two deals with past, present, and future national and international responses to--and defenses against--terrorism. Essays and articles in this section analyze and debate the practical, political, ethical, and moral questions raised by military and non-military responses (and pre-emptive actions) outside of the context of declared war. This section has expanded on the previous edition to include three timely chapters on terrorism and the media, the role of the private sector, and winning the war on terrorism. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars terrorism/counterterrorism textbook
this book covers the material well, incorporating the past with the present, all in a way that makes it easy to understand.the material is covered in depth without drowning the reader with unnecessary information.

4-0 out of 5 stars Jumbled together
I'm not saying it's a bad resource. It has a tons of information. However, the manner in which these facts are presented seems like a cluster of different ideas, making it the hardest terrorism book I have ever read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pols Major
Brings up good points about various weaknesses and problems in preventing future attacks. Many of the included essays are redundant because the authors bring up parallel points making the book dry, especially after the first two or three chapters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Take It From A Polisci Major
This book is most certainly an excellent guide to anyone who has the slightest interest in Militant groups. Terrorism may be a pejorative term, and this text attempts to take the reader beyond that and into an in depth analysis of trends, tactics and much more.Though I may be biased since it is required reading for my POLS376 class (Political Violence), it is most definitely not for everyone as it is not an easy read.Though the Cindy Combs book "Terrorism in the 21st century" may be the most definitive source on this subject next to Hoffman, I still must give credit where it is due.However, I did have one major gripe with this text.The coverage of terrorist tactics and training was lacking to say the least, so I recommend that you buy pick up the Combs book to complement this one.Wish me luck on my midterm! lol

5-0 out of 5 stars A textbook -essential for understanding current affairs
This volume of essays was written and compiled as a college textbook for upper level undergraduate and graduate level seminars on terrorism and counterterrorism. These essays were written on both sides of the 9/11 divide, as such some of them predicted the occurrence of (large scale)acts of terror on American soil while others prescribe strategies for countering the terrorist threat in the future. Readers other than college students will find the book of interest too. After all, members of the general public, not simply college students, have asked such questions as "Why does America inspire such hatred?" or "What strategies should the US employ in the war against terror?" This book addresses these, and numerous other questions.

Although written by a variety of authors, the volume is well edited. Any work dealing with the US government and the bureaucratic responses to terrorism could easily be overwhelmed by a host of acronyms offputting to the general reader. The editors avoid this problem by consistent definition of acronyms and generous appendices covering foreign terrorist organizations, significant terrorist incidents, and weapons of mass destruction.

In addition to its coverage of specific incidents, the book addresses theoretical issues which will remain current in spite of the developments which will continue to unfold across the front pages of our daily newspapers. My favorite essays in the book were the ones which dealt with the intelligence failures prior to 9/11 as well as the ones which made specific recommendations to change or improve the intelligence community. I'll be curious to see which recommendations are incorporated into US policy in the future. ... Read more

6. The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism: Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin Al-Husseini
by Chuck Morse
Paperback: 192 Pages (2010-08-10)
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This is the remarkable story of Haj Amin al-Husseini who was, in many ways, as big a Nazi villain as Hitler himself. To understand his influence on the Middle East is to understand the ongoing genocidal program against the Jews of Israel. Al-Husseini was a bridge figure in terms of transporting the Nazi genocide in Europe into the post-war Middle East. As the leader of Arab Palestine during the British Mandate period, al-Husseini introduced violence against moderateArabs as well as against Jews. Al-Husseini met with Adolf Eichmann in Palestine in 1937 and subsequently went on the Nazi payroll as a Nazi agent.Al-Husseini played a pivotal behind-the-scenes role in instigating a pro-Nazi coup in Iraq in 1941 as he urged Nazis and pro-Nazi governments in Europe to transport Jews to death camps, trained pro-Nazi Bosnian brigades, and funneled Nazi loot into pro-war Arab countries. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars PLEASE READ
"al-Husseini's tireless and single-mindedly fanatical career contributed greatly to a regressive trend in the Arab and Islamic world.Progressive forward-thinking Arabs, who sought freedom-oriented societies, were toppled from positions of influence, driven out of public life or into exile, or in many cases murdered by the thuggish and radical philosophical followers of al-Husseini.His inheritance is a form of Islamo-Fascism that continues to matastasize across the Islamic world and the threat that this malevolent movement poses to the non-muslim world will continue to grow as long as it remains unchallenged."

Hmm.I happened to read the appendices first before I read the book and I was most struck by the juxtaposition of Appendix C and D.Appendix C is the "Weizmann-Faisal Agreement', Appendix D the "Peel Commision".Nowhere else is the contrast between the Hashemite Royal, Faisal I, a direct descendant of Mohammed and the nazi-loving, Mufti of Jerusalem, al-Husseini, most stark.PLEASE READ.

Chuck Morse had run against Barney Frank, of Fannie/Freddie Mac fame, some years back.I wish he had won.

5-0 out of 5 stars Important Reading
In 1919, the international community saw the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement, an agreement between the King of Iraq (Faisal) and the eventual president of the World Zionist Organization (Weizmann) that set reasonable conditions for mutual recognition of a Jewish homeland in Palestine and an adjacent Arab Nation. Today, a large number of Middle Eastern nations refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist. Ever wonder what happened? This book offers a significant piece of the puzzle.

This book focuses on the Grand Mufti of Palestine, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, and his influence in funneling anti-semitic, Nazi propaganda into the Middle East. From reading this book, you will learn about Al-Husseini's frequent meetings with the Nazis, including Adolf Hitler, Al-Husseini's push for extermination of the Jews and his responsibility for disseminating volumes of ludicrous Zionist conspiracy theories into the Middle East. You will also learn about Al-Husseini's significant influence on Yasser Arafat and former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

The appendix of this book also contains a number of historical documents, including meeting transcripts, letters of correspondence and other relevant documents such as the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement and the Balfour Declaration.

I have a few complaints about this book. First, it is too short. Second, there are many egregious spelling errors, which is very unprofessional. Most importantly, although I think Morse has made a compelling case to argue al-Husseini's influence on the modern anti-Israel facet of Islamic terrorism, I think he overlooks the most significant driving force behind Islamic terrorism: religious fundamentalism. Unfortunately, this is a common oversight of many religious conservatives, who often seem too overzealous in identifying secular roots for acts of terrorism.

Overall, this book is an important chapter in the ideological origins of Islamic Terrorism.

4-0 out of 5 stars Important reading
Author would do better if he was not so repetitive.Still it is worth reading as one realizes that Islamic Terrorism is not a new thing starting in recent years, but has deep historical antecedents.

5-0 out of 5 stars a key to the source of a conflict
This is an important book for many reasons, especially for providing one especially significant and important aspect concerning the origin of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The author's thesis is that Al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, successfully merged his Islamic fundamentalism with the theology of Hitler's National Socialism. He supported the final solution in Europe, rallied Muslim troops to support and perpetuate the final solution, planned to import the Holocaust to the Middle East, and influenced future Arab generations. As a historian, the author pulls together many esoteric events (such as the Weizmann-Faisal peace agreement)that may surprise those who thought they knew the history pretty well. Morse illustrates how one individual can spread enmity and hate for thousands across generations.Recommended for those who want to gain more insight.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very relevant today. Amazing information.
A very informative and revealing book on the role that Al-Husseini played in bringing about the dangerous situation in which we, in all the world, are living today. It leaves many questions unanswered, though, like: how or why the British, and later the French, favored this psycho so unashamedly. The crimes of this devilish man being left unpunished -even covered-up- claim for an explanation that is not offered here.

About 130 pages of fast and furious read. Very relevant to understand today's crisis between the suicidal West and the paranoid Muslim world. It has some very good analyses of the Palestinian conflict. It covers many issues related to the terrorism suffered by Israel thru the personal observation of relevant figures, not only Al-Husseini.

A book covering the whole 20th century, and practically the whole world geographically.

The Holocaust denial that is emerging in some parts of the West is a clear sign(as referred to in page 100) of more trouble on the horizon.

Do you still not know that God will bless those who bless Israel, for truly it is His people? So, also, he will crunch those who mistreat her.
Things pass slowly but surely. This short book gives a tremendous global view of what really matters in the world today. Capture the vision.
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7. On Nuclear Terrorism
by Michael Levi
Paperback: 224 Pages (2009-05-15)
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Nuclear terrorism is such a disturbing prospect that we shy away from its details. Yet as a consequence, we fail to understand how best to defeat it. Michael Levi takes us inside nuclear terrorism and behind the decisions a terrorist leader would be faced with in pursuing a nuclear plot. Along the way, Levi identifies the many obstacles, large and small, that such a terrorist scheme might encounter, allowing him to discover a host of ways that any plan might be foiled.

Surveying the broad universe of plots and defenses, this accessible account shows how a wide-ranging defense that integrates the tools of weapon and materials security, law enforcement, intelligence, border controls, diplomacy, and the military can multiply, intensify, and compound the possibility that nuclear terrorists will fail. Levi draws from our long experience with terrorism and cautions us not to focus solely on the most harrowing yet most improbable threats. Nuclear terrorism shares much in common with other terrorist threats--and as a result, he argues, defeating it is impossible unless we put our entire counterterrorism and homeland security house in order.

As long as we live in a nuclear age, no defense can completely eliminate nuclear terrorism. But this book reminds us that the right strategy can minimize the risks and shows us how to do it.

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The author discredits himself in the very first pages by relating a network news 'sting' operation whereby depleted uranium bypassed the portal monitors in several countries undiscovered.This is not surprising, fissile material portal monitors aren't designed to pick up the gamma rays from depleted uranium, they aren't that strong, unlike gamma signatures of enriched uranium, which have a pronounced peak at the 186 kilo-electron volt range.So, what was the point?

Also, the author only discusses nuclear terrorism in the context of a subnational group obtaining a nuclear warhead.That is not very plausible, but a Tom Clancy fantasy which in fact Clancy used as the plot in one of his books.

Really the nuclear terrorism threat comes from a subnational group sabotaging a nuclear power reactor in their enemy's country, and/or sabotaging the spent fuel storage area, and/or sabotaging a spent fuel reprocessing plant.

These nuclear terrorism scenarios are not even hinted at in this book, yet is highly plausible given the November 2007 breakin at South Africa's nuclear reactor, and November 2009 apparent deliberate contamination event at an Indian nuclear plant...

And while the author may be highly knowledgable of the academic aspects of nuclear terrorism, there is much better info on-line (check out the General Accounting Office doing a topic search for 'nuclear' and Project on Govt. Oversight doing a word search for 'design basis threat').

5-0 out of 5 stars A Disciplined Way of Thinking About Nuclear Terrorism
The author takes a very systematic approach to the analysis of the task of obtaining and delivering a nuclear weapon and then looks at the vulnerabilities of the process which are the opportunities of the defender.

Sadly too much of what makes the press on the subject amounts to a keyhole view of a single element of the offensive or defensive process. In contrast, the book looks at the complexity of the process and the impact on the overall opportunity for success of a "layered" defense. The conclusion is that it is not a single impenetrable layer that offers the opportunity for reducing the threat but rather multiple layers.

What we fail to grasp on terrorist issues we intuitively understand every fall weekend as we watch football. When it comes down to the end of the game and time for one or two plays the defense has multiple opportunities to reduce the overall probability of of offensive success. A coach would be foolish to rush 11 players or have 11 players deep while giving the quarterback the flexibility to select the time and place of attack. Instead the defenders balance the defense to defend at multiple points as a strategy which reduces the overall probability ofoffensive success.

Like American football success in combating doomsday terrorist threats comes from not only multiple levels but also from surprise, communication, deception and hard work.

In defending against nuclear terrorism multiple, independently managed efforts from threat analysis to intelligence to field intervention to defending the attempted delivery can reduce the probability of success to a level that makes the effort "non profitable" from the terrorist standpoint.

Terrorists understand that detection of a seriously developed nuclear attack effort will change the rules of the game, forever. A high probability of success is needed to make the effort worth the risks to the cause ( assuming for the moment that the top leadership is willing to die as a consequence of the effort) . This is in stark contrast to the dispatch of suicide bombers who do not generate the massive change in the rules of the game.

Overall the book is excellent for both its content and its impact on changing the way most of us think about defending against the unthinkable. Highly recommended .

More information http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/2978/catastrophic_terrorism.html?breadcrumb=%2Ftopic%2F2%2Fnuclear_issues

5-0 out of 5 stars First Class Analysis
This book sets forth what a finite band of non-supermen would have to do to mount an attack of nuclear terrorism. From this, it derives a systematic approach to making such an effort more difficult. The bottom line is that we can't make such an attack impossible, but most likely we can make it hard enough that they will try something else. After all, they have trade-offs, too. For example, the more skills they assemble, the harder it is to keep the operation secret. Not the final word, but a first class beginning, and a major contribution to the debate over the level of effort that should be expended to ward off a nuclear attack as opposed to other forms of terrorism.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Unique Perspective on The Problem of Nuclear Terrorism
Michael Levi offers a unique perspective on the fear that drives the American psyche and political process these days-----nuclear weapons in the hands of a terrorist.While many experts exploit that fear to support expensive programs to counter nuclear terrorism, Levi takes an analytical perspective which describes in detail the series of difficult challenges which terrorists must overcome in order to accomplish the ultimate nightmare.His perspective as a physicist provides technological information not often found in policy pundits' consideration of this critical national and international security issue.Levi presents such technical information in a readable, but sophisticated form which enlightens those who seek to know more about the types of nuclear materials and weapons that a terrorist might seek.Additional technical information about detection and characterization technologies is also incorporated into this highly informative study.Casual readers will also benefit from Levi's unique approach-----looking at nuclear terrorism through the eyes of a terrorist planner. His message is a realistic, but hopeful one-----that nuclear terrorism is not inevitable, particularly if policy makers allocate resources to the obstacles thatcould make the ultimate nightmare only a figment of the imagination.Very Highly Recommended

5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful Analysis
I bought this book after hearing the author on the radio. His perspective on nuclear terrorism is unexpected: we normally think that the terrorists must only succeed once, while security services must be effective every time.

But while that may be true in the broadest sense, the author points out that the terrorists have to succeed at every stage of the incredibly difficult process, while the police only need to catch them once. It's hard for terrorists to be good at everything they need to do: though they may procure bomb-making materials, they may not be very good at planting bombs (e.g. - the doctors who attempted to blow up Glasgow Airport, but left their car bombs parked in a no-parking zone.) On the other hand, it's possible for the police to be effective at every level, from monitoring so-called "loose nukes" to detecting radiation in ports to tracking suspicious movements in cities.

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8. How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns
by Audrey Kurth Cronin
Hardcover: 330 Pages (2009-08-24)
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Amid the fear following 9/11 and other recent terror attacks, it is easy to forget the most important fact about terrorist campaigns: they always come to an end--and often far more quickly than expected. Contrary to what many assume, when it comes to dealing with terrorism it may be more important to understand how it ends than how it begins. Only by understanding the common ways in which terrorist movements have died out or been eradicated in the past can we hope to figure out how to speed the decline of today's terrorist groups, while avoiding unnecessary fears and costly overreactions. In How Terrorism Ends, Audrey Kurth Cronin examines how terrorist campaigns have met their demise over the past two centuries, and applies these enduring lessons to outline a new strategy against al-Qaeda.

This book answers questions such as: How long do terrorist campaigns last? When does targeting the leadership finish a group? When do negotiations lead to the end? Under what conditions do groups transition to other forms of violence, such as insurgency or civil war? How and when do they succeed or fail, and then disappear? Examining a wide range of historical examples--including the anti-tsarist Narodnaya Volya, the Provisional IRA, Peru's Shining Path, Japan's Aum Shinrikyo, and various Palestinian groups--Cronin identifies the ways in which almost all terrorist groups die out, including decapitation (catching or killing the leader), negotiation, repression, and implosion.

How Terrorism Ends is the only comprehensive book on its subject and a rarity among all the books on terrorism--at once practical, optimistic, rigorous, and historical.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
How Terrorism ends by Audrey Kurth Cronin in a well written and well researched book that lays out the intellectual framework and the crucial points leading to the demise of various terrorists organizations.Cronin's work is extremely relevant in the world today as it attempts to illustrate how terrorist organizations end and thus how nations may develop strategies and goals that leads to the demise of the terrorists' organization.One of the major findings that Cronin points out is that less than 5% of all terrorists' campaigns succeed.Killing civilians does not seem to be a promising means to achieve political aims.
Cronin points out six historical ways in which terrorist organizations end: the capture or killing the group's leader, entry of the group into a legitimate political process, achievement of the groups aims, implosion or loss of the groups public support, defeat and elimination by brute force and transition from terrorism to other forms of violence.A chapter of the book is dedicated to each of these findings and is thoroughly detailed through the use of empirical data, case studies, and various graphs to illustrate the author's points.
Some of the findings in the book are quite interesting for example: most terrorist organizations last less than 8 years; killing a terrorists leader may not damage the group as much as arresting him, especially if he is humiliated before the public and sentenced to prison; states negotiate with terrorists because they want the conflict to end, whereas the terrorist organization may not want the same; and finally, terrorists often fail because the violence they perpetrate on the civilian populace they are trying to win over ends up provoking popular revulsion versus popular support.The use of the case studies to point out the strengths and limitations of each of the six ways in which terrorist organizations end clearly and succinctly points out the veracity of the authors points.
The most interesting portion of the book is chapter 7, titled How Al-Qaeda Ends.Cronin points out up front that Al-Qaeda will end without achieving its strategic goals, but along the way she clearly points out how Al-Qaeda is different than most other terrorist organizations.The chapter clearly demonstrates the strengths of Al-Qaeda, it's resilience, methods of recruitment, means of support and communications.What is interesting though is Cronin then demonstrates how Al-Qaeda may end using the six historical ways described earlier in the book.Cronin does not conceive how Al-Qaeda could fully realize their strategic aims because ultimately Al-Qaeda's aims are not clearly articulated and are too broad in context to be achievable.
How Terrorism Ends is a very comprehensive, historical and academically rigorous look at terrorism.Terror campaigns may seem endless, but as Cronin has so accurately depicted, terror campaigns always end and usually not in the favor of the terrorists organization.I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in understanding terrorist's organizations and the political and military means to defeat terrorist's organizations.

4-0 out of 5 stars Needs Inside the Book for Fifth Star
If and when the publisher provides the table of contents and a sample chapter (easy to upload using the standard publishing tools offered by Amazon Advantage) or works with Amazon to achieve Inside the Book access, I will consider buying this book.

In the meantime, I will observer that this book has been highly recommended by Berto Jongman, the top European observer of terrorism and the creator of the World Conflict & Human Rights map, and is so featured at Phi Beta Iota, the Public Intelligence Blog, where the Amazon reader can find an easy to access section on Jihad and Terrorism with all my reviews on this subject.

My one reservation about this book, lacking a sufficiency of Inside the Book information, is that it appears to assume that if one just does the "right things" such as kill leaders, terrorism will eventually die out.Robert Arkoff would turn in his grave over this thought.Terrorism is a tactic, a manifestation of discontent so grave as to indict the state as a failed state in relation to the needs of the segment adopting terrorism.Hence, this book may be more about doing the wrong things righter instead of doing the right things: assuring every group a prosperous world at peace.

Corruption, not terrorism, is in my view the primary curse of all governments and the global network of interests that seek to optimize wealth for the few at the expense of the many.Terrorism, in my view, is a logical in extremis response, a demand to be taken seriously that governments continue to treat at face value (violent crime) rather than as a root value being expressed (seriously angry people with brains and willpower).

See also:

Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism

Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace

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9. Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues
by C. (Clarence) Augustus (Gus) Martin
Paperback: 664 Pages (2009-02-25)
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As in previous editions, Understanding Terrorism, Third Edition offers a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive exploration of contemporary terrorism that helps readers develop the knowledge and skills they need to critically assess terrorism in general and terrorist incidents in particular. The Third Edition offers new, updated theories and cases, covers homeland security in the opening chapter and throughout the book, offers a consolidated discussion of ideological terrorism, and offers new photographs, updated tables, enhanced graphics and a new two-color design. 

Key Features 

  • Provides a “one-stop shop” for understanding terrorism, emphasizing contextual analysis and multiple perspectives
  • Offers new or expanded case studies and profiles, covering such topics as the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, women as terrorists, events in Zimbabwe, the Palestinian movement and other religious terrorism, the death of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Hezbollah, FARC (including the Betancourt operation), recent narco-terrorist events in Mexico, and terrorist profiles of Leila Khaled and Abu Nidal
  • Includes “Opening Viewpoints” at the beginning of each chapter with relevant examples to introduce readers to the themes and theories in the discussion that follows
  • Updated throughout with new Chapter Perspectives, Cases in Point, photos, literature references, recommended readings, web exercises, and recommended web pages
  • Ends each chapter with “Discussion Boxes” that provide controversial information, along critical thinking questions to stimulate classroom discussions
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Collection of Articles on Terrorism
I got this book for a college course.A good collection of articles on terrorism related stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
This book is the exact one that my school, Colorado Technical University, is using and I bought it on here for about a 1/3 of the price the school wanted.I truly suggest looking for your school books on Amazon.com!

1-0 out of 5 stars Gravely Inadequate
"Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues," Second Edition, by C. Augustus "Gus" Martin, over 14 Chapters, addresses terrorism from multiple perspectives: the political right and left, state and non-state, religious and secular, criminal and non-criminal.Each chapter is supported by end notes and the book contains an appendix for maps, one for historical examples,and a glossary/index.There is no bibliography.

Chapter 6, "Violence in the Name of Faith: Religious Terrorism,"pages 182-217 devotes a section to "Understanding Jihad as a Primary Religious Motive: An Observation and Caveat"which is covered on pages 187-188.Martin makes the following observations:

(1) "One such misunderstanding is the common belief that the concept of "holy war" is an underlying principle of the Islamic Faith. Another misunderstanding is that Muslims are united in supporting jihad.This is simplistic and fundamentally incorrect.Although the term "jihad" is widely presumed in the West to refer exclusively to waging war against nonbelievers, an Islamic jihad is not the equivalent to a Christian Crusade" p. 187.

(2) "It is permissible - and even a duty - to wage war to defend the faith against aggressors.Under this type of jihad warfare is conceptually defensive in nature; in contrastthe Christian Crusades were conceptually offensive in nature" p. 188.

"Holy war" is not an underlying principle of Islam, but as a strategic theme within Islam, "jihad" is. Within the Koran, the Haddiths, and the Sunna, less than ten percent of the discussion is on the greater jihad (personal striving)while the remaining 90 percent is on the lesser jihad (warfighting).Martin fails to identify or discuss the combat, combat support and combat service support obligations of jihad contained in Islamic Law (the Koran, the Haddiths, and the Sunna)and clarified in Islamic legal textssuch as "Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law"p. 599-605,"The Distinguished Jurist's Primer" (Vol 1 and 2) p. 454-487, and "Riyad-us-Saliheen"p. 976-1016.

Martin states that jihad is defensive while the Crusades were offensive.A reading of the above legal texts gives insight to the term "defensive." In war, unbelievers are offered three alternatives: Conversion, subjugation and payment of the jizya, or war.A refusal to submit is an offensive act and the resulting combat is,from the Islamic perspective, defensive. Martin fails to inform the reader of this key distinction and its implications.

With regard to the Crusades, Martin fails to tell the reader that the First Crusade was a delayed response to Islamic expansion and the capture by Islam of 1/3 of the Christian lands.Islam's strategic offense triggered Christianity's strategic defense: the First Crusade.

Martin states that "The Five Pillars are faith, prayer, zakat (alms or charity), fasting during the month of Ramadan, and the hajj (pilgrimage) to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for those who are able" p. 202.A check of the index fails to reveal a more substantive discussion on zakat that should have told the reader that there are eight categories of disbursement in zakat, three of which support jihad: Those fighting in the way of Allah; those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and travelers needing money.Of these three obligatory categories of disbursement,the most significant is "Those Fighting For Allah" which is defined by "Reliance of the Traveller", p.272, as "Those engaged in Islamic military operations for whom no salary has been allotted in the army roster; Given enough to suffice them for the operation even if affluent of: weapons, mounts, clothing, expenses, and for the duration of the journey, round trip, and the time they spend there. Current interpretation and practice has been to provide expenses in supporting such person's family during this period."Martin fails to explain to the reader that zakat (almsgiving in Islam) is an asymmetrical warfare funding mechanism.

The failure to more fully develop the discussion on jihad outlining the combat, combat support and combat service support obligations Islamic Law imposes on Muslims, the failure to carefully characterize and define the term "defensive" in the context of "defensive jihad",the failure to articulate the offensive expansion triggering the First Crusade, and the failure to fully explain the true nature of zakat (almsgiving)seriously undermine the value of "Understanding Terrorism" as a credible reference.

4-0 out of 5 stars Terrorism and its history
This book is a terrific intro to terrorism and its history, but more than that it really depends on what you hope to achieve by reading this book.If this book has been assigned by a professor, you are on your way to a fundamental understanding of terrorism and its consequences, root causes, etc.If you are reading this book for leisure, with no lecture/seminar accompanying it, then it is a good read but not as worthwhile.I would recommend books by the pre-eminent scholars of terrorism like Bruce Hoffman, and his mentor Walter Lacquer.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent purchase for both college-level reference holdings and for assigned reading for courses on social issues
The second updated edition of UNDERSTANDING TERRORISM: CHALLENGES, PERSPECTIVES, AND ISSUES is an excellent purchase for both college-level reference holdings and for assigned reading for college-level courses on social issues. Added here is a new chapter on religious terrorism, reviews of new material on gender terrorism and criminal businesses, updates on pedagogy, and a format which includes test questions, amps from the book, and more on both a CD-ROM and an accompanying web site. Plenty of examples from events around the world pepper surveys which cover the politics, economics, and social foundations of international terrorist experiences.

Diane C. Donovan, Editor
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10. Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It
by Robert A. Pape, James K. Feldman
Hardcover: 356 Pages (2010-10-15)
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Almost every week, suicide bombers attack. We know the danger—suicide attacks kill more people than all other forms of terrorism—and in response we have sacrificed the lives of soldiers and civilians, trillions of dollars, and America’s reputation abroad in a futile quest for absolute security. But do we really understand what drives people to deliberately kill themselves on a mission to harm the innocent?

Cutting the Fuse
offers a wealth of new knowledge about the origins of suicide terrorism and strategies to stop it. Robert A. Pape and James K. Feldman have examined every suicide terrorist attack worldwide from 1980 to 2009. Their work fundamentally changes how we understand the root causes of the most important terrorist campaigns today and reveals why the War on Terror has been ultimately counterproductive.

Since 2004, the number of suicide attacks—whether within a country or transnational—has grown with shocking speed. Through a close analysis of suicide campaigns by Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Israel, Chechnya, and Sri Lanka, the authors provide powerful new evidence that, contrary to popular and dangerously mistaken belief, only a tiny minority of these attacks are motivated solely by religion. Instead, the root cause is foreign military occupation, which triggers secular and religious people alike to carry out suicide attacks.

Cutting the Fuse
calls for new, effective solutions that America and its allies can sustain for decades, relying less on ground troops in Muslim countries and more on off-shore, over-the-horizon military forces along with political and economic strategies to empower local communities to stop terrorists in their midst.

“Pape and Feldman are the world’s experts on suicide terrorism. In this carefully researched yet highly readable book, the authors lay bare the causes of suicide terrorism and demonstrate that our current military strategy serves only to breed a new generation of terrorists. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about America’s role in the world.”—Steven D. Levitt, author of (em)Freakonomics(/em)

“Robert Pape and Ken Feldman mine a unique library of data to arrive at a radical diagnosis of what motivates suicide terrorists. I think you'll find it persuasive, I am convinced.”—Thomas C. Schelling, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

“Pape and Feldman offer a powerful analysis of the factors underlying the rise in suicide terrorism in recent years and bring clarity to a complex and challenging subject. I commend this book to both scholars and policy makers with a serious interest in U.S. national security policy.”—Lee H. Hamilton, Co-Chair of the 9/11 Commission

“In this impressively researched book the authors question our conceived wisdom about the motivation of suicide bombers. If they are correct (and I suspect they are) it calls for a total reexamination of U.S. military strategy. (em)Cutting the Fuse(/em) should be required reading for policy makers.”—Thomas Kean, Co-Chair of the 9/11 Commission

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5-0 out of 5 stars "...because you're down here."
There is an axiom in academe: Most things that can be measured aren't especially interesting, while the really interesting issues can't be measured (because they are a product of complex systems). So I don't have a dog in the fight over Pape's statistical methodology.

My research (which is primarily qualitative and ethnographic) in counter-insurgency and terrorism spans decades.I agree Gerald Larose comments and with Pape's thesis that military occupation by foreign troops causes terrorism.Perhaps most eloquently stated in the following quote from the American Civil War historian, Shelby Foote:

"When asked about the American civil war, Foote resorted to an anecdote. Early in the conflict, he used to say, a squad of Union soldiers closed in on a ragged Johnny Reb. Figuring that he did not own slaves, nor had much interest in the constitutional question of secession, they asked him: "What are you fighting for, anyhow?" The Confederate replied: "I'm fighting because you're down here." Foote regarded that as "a pretty satisfactory answer".

In the process, Americans have been convinced that a people in a remote desert country actually present a national security threat to the Nation. This, even taken at face value, is an absurd proposition.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Old wine new bottles
Having your undergrads write chapters which you then put your name is problematic to say the least. The book is blind to the fact that much of what Pape has said about occupation cannot explain the increasingly sectarian violence in which more suicide terror is aimed at Muslim by other Muslims than against foreign occupiers. The chapters are uneven (in part reflecting the different students who did the writing). There is nothing new in this book that has not already been discredited previously both in terms of content and methodologically on the pages of the APSR.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is based on scientiific research and hard data
I am amazed that how much time and energy is put into this research based fascinating book which proveswhich already has been said by knowledgeable and wellinformed Americans that we are producing lots more Suicide. Bombers byattacking and fighting those wars which has made us less safe and has killed thousands of innocent people across the board including Americans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally someone speaks the truth!
As a retired combat arms NCO with significant experience in counter insurgency warfare I can tell you that the author hits the nail right on the head. He provides the very clearly stated facts and statistics that prove something already well known to Special Ops types and other snake eaters. And that is that our brain dead foreign and military policy is creating far more terrorists than we are killing.

That is indisputable. Iraq, for example, was a mortal enemy to Al Queda before Desert Storm II. It also acted as a buffer to Iran. Thanks to Bush's bumbling efforts Al Queda now has free reign in Iraq and that country has been essentially handed over to Iran.
Now this is something that the neocons, chickenhawks all, refuse to admit. Thats why you see the hate speech you see here, undoubtedlyfrom living room commandoes eager to send your kids to die.

They also have apparently never read a history book and feel that we can turn Afghanistan, The Eater of Empires, into a 51st state. What complete idiocy. For every local, terrorist or not, killed by US forces or a drone, you can bet 10 more are created.
Keep in mind that history teaches us that tyrants NEED other tyrants. How else can the profits keep rolling in for the war machine?

The author was recently briefly interviewed on Fox News. I say briefly cause as soon as the author made his key point which is anathema to the voice of the Israeli lobby that is Fox News he was quickly cut off.
The auhor is 100% correct.

1-0 out of 5 stars Academic Scheme to Inflate Book Sales
This book is phony!

University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape, whose research finds religious extremism has a limited role in suicide bombings, is working secretly with a suspected Hamas front to pump up sales of his new book, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned. That includes a secret agreement by CAIR to have its chapters around the country to buy them in bulk so they can manipulate the sales to move up the bestseller ranks. Pape is also scheduled to appear at this weekend's national banquet for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It, is Pape's latest project touting his thesis that religion is not a prime factor in suicide bombings. Rather, it is a response to occupation, he argues.

That's appealing to CAIR, which court records show was part of a Hamas-support network in the United States. Prosecutors say CAIR, which touts itself as the nation's leading Muslim civil rights organization, never withdrew from the conspiracy to support Hamas politically and financially. And the FBI cut off communication with CAIR in 2008, saying it won't resume until
"we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and HAMAS."

Emails reviewed by the Investigative Project on Terrorism show Pape reached out to CAIR this past summer, hoping to have the Hamas-front group buy 1,000 advanced copies of his new book. Pape asserted in his emails and other communications to CAIR that the book would advance and reinforce CAIR's ideological views that it is the occupation of Arab lands that causes suicide bombings. CAIR's officials responded with enthusiasm to Pape's thesis and to his proposal for bulk purchases to artificially boost his rankings into the best seller lists.

We are in the midst of a war. This is like plugging Mein Kampf and other Nazi propaganda during WW II.

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11. The Mind of the Terrorist: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to al-Qaeda
by Jerrold M. Post
Paperback: 320 Pages (2008-12-15)
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In contrast to the widely held assumption that terrorists are crazed fanatics, Jerrold Post demonstrates they are psychologically “normal” and that “hatred has been bred in the bone”. He reveals the powerful motivations that drive these ordinary people to such extraordinary evil by exploring the different types of terrorists, from national-separatists such as the Irish Republican Army to social revolutionary terrorists such as the Shining Path, as well as religious extremists like al-Qaeda and Aum Shinrikyo. In The Mind of the Terrorist, Post uses his expertise to explain how the terrorist mind works and how this information can help us to combat terrorism more effectively.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Of Terrorist Minds
Jerrod Post's "The Mind of the Terrorist" provided an illuminating look into the mind of the leaders of several terrorist organizations...several of which including Shining Path, The Red Brigades, and The Red Army Faction I was previously unaware of. Although no terrorist can be perfectly painted into a box, Post is able to create some common themes : Most terrorists had experienced some sort of severe shaping childhood loss, many of them have grown up in minority groups within states that are treated unjustly by the ruling majority group such as the LTTE and The IRA. This perceived injustice provides a fertile ground for recruitment among the native marginalized populations. Many groups have risen up 1. as a rejection of their parents generation, 2. As a social revolutionary organization to dethrone the Western Capitalist order of things, 3. To address generations of injustice or 4. Because God or some other religious doctrine has told them to kill x group for y reason. The typical terrorist leader also has a sizeable ego and may rely on charismatic factors or propaganda or sheer brute force to gain recruits to the cause.

The second part of the book switches from the leaders of terrorist organizations to those who join terrorist organizations. Paying particular attention to Islamist terrorists, Post draws a picture of a world full of weak governments with little hope for employment or a future for their young populations. In this environment with unchecked avenues for the dissemination of Islamic radical propaganda, terrorists have a ready supply of young people who easily fall prey to these religious ideas of hatred for another because they don't have anything else to believe in.Post gives a stirring picture of both several terrorist leaders and the profile of the type of people they seek to recruit to their cause in an accessible 257 page format.

1-0 out of 5 stars Thin and unilluminating
This book is woefully mistitled: it is not at all an exploration of the "mind of the terrorist," but rather contains much more information about the histories and organizational structures of various terrorist groups.Even this information is provided in a loose, high-school book report style and does not contain significantly more than what can be found in an internet search.The most valuable part of the book ought to have been the supposedly extensive interviews conducted by Mr. Post with the members of the terrorist organizations themselves, but these are only sparsely dispersed throughout the book and almost always insignificant or unhelpful.To give an example, in Mr. Post's profile of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam considerable space is devoted to the life of its charismatic leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran.However, this contains only a basic description of his childhood, personality, and rise to power.The rest of the section briefly describes some of the acts the LTTE has perpetrated under his leadership as well as its gradual acceptance of suicide terrorism.What particularly stands out is how little we are actually invited into the minds of any of the members or leaders of this organization.There is not a single excerpt from an interview conducted by Post or by anyone else that runs to any considerable length or that serves to illuminate the life or the experience of the terrorist themselves.In other words, there seems to be very little about the minds of terrorists in this book that is for some reason entitled The Mind of the Terrorist.In addition to this, there are numerous spelling and punctuation errors which contribute even further to the book's overall impression of superficial haste.To charge $22 for such a poor piece of scholarship is a crime.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ok but draws some odd conclusions
Although largely well written, the book mostly focuses on the history of various terror groups rather than a deeper review of their psychopathology.Mostly the psychological aspects are referred to in recurring themes.

The reason for a rating of two, however, is the asinine notion that since Moses, according to the Book of Exodus, was the deliverer of the Jews from Egypt and that the plagues supposedly orchestrated by him make Moses the first bioterrorist. Sorry, but that is just a bit much.

Furthermore in the tactics old and new section the author confuses biowarfare with bioterrorism.

Lastly, in the main text the author could do more to emphasise the scope of strategic intent of the various terror groups more clearly.Thus the author could more effectively show the national ambitions of some groups and the global megalomania of others.

"Understanding Terror Networks"by Marc Sageman, although dryer, is a far more effective expenditure of time and money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
Bought this for class, it was a great book, which broke down many terrorist organizations!!

5-0 out of 5 stars very good analysis
if you are looking for a book that will alarm you and justify you own prejudices against certain groups of terrorists, this book is not for you.if you are genuinely seeking an objective analysis of the cognitions and emotions of terrorists, then this is a very good summary analysis of different types of terrorism based on motivation.the writing style is somewhat dry, most of the time.however, he offers very good, cogent insights.he makes sincere efforts to reach out and better comprehend the underlying psyche of the terrorist, so that inroads might be made in reducing the threat of terrorism in the world today.prone to pontificate, i wouldn't recommend this book for those with a closed mind or those not used to this style.for those who want to read one of the very finest texts on psychological understanding of terrorism, this is highly recommended.i give it an "A+".for interested readers, post's book on clinton and hussein is also revealing and fascinating - although dry. ... Read more

12. Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy
by Paul R. Pillar
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Paperback edition includes a new introductory essay on counterterrorism since 9/11.

The United States government-backed by the overwhelming support of the American public-takes a hard line against international terrorism. The tenets of official U.S. counterterrorist policy are: make no concessions or deals with terrorists; bring them to justice for their crimes; isolate and apply pressure on states that sponsor terrorism; and bolster the counterterrorist capabilities of countries willing to work with the United States. While these tenets are sound principles, their application, specifically overseas, raises difficult questions. Does the "no deal" policy actually deter terrorists acts? Are there cases where agreements might reduce terrorism, while advancing other U.S. interests? Do isolation and pressure really force offending states to alter their support for terrorists? What factors affect the willingness, not just the capability, of foreign governments to help the United States in counterterrorism?

In this critical study, a career CIA officer provides a guide to constructing and executing counterterrorist policy, urging that it be formulated as an integral part of broader U.S. foreign policy. In the first four chapters, Paul R. Pillar identifies the necessary elements of counterterrorist policy, he examines why the United States is a prime terrorist target, and he reveals why the counterterrorist policies that seem strongest are not always the most effective. Chapter 5 examines the widely varying nature of terrorist groups and the policy tools most appropriately applied to them. Chapter 6 focuses on states that sponsor terrorism (including Iran, Libya, North Korea, and Cuba), along with those that enable it to occur (particularly Greece and Pakistan). Pillar examines ways in which the American public’s perspective toward terrorism can actually constrain counterterrorist policy, and he concludes that terrorism cannot be "defeated" only reduced, attenuated, and to some d!egree, controlled. The final chapter summarizes his recommendations for amending U.S. policy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I read this book for several reasons - I am interested in the subject, have seen the author on numerous news programs, read his interviews, and as a part of my graduate studies.Pillar presents his points in an easily understandable manner and makes a lot of sense - he is also an expert in terrorism studies and U.S. foreign policy. This is a must for anyone interested in how to fight terrorism.

4-0 out of 5 stars Serious Foreign Policy Book
Pillar's importance has come to light to "the mainstream" of American thought after his piece titled "War, Policy, and the War in Iraq" came out in Foreign Affairs critizing the current war. Pillar, however, has had a long established career in foreign policy work. The book is not an "easy read" and is quite technical, but it is an essential read if you want to know what our country's top analysts think is the best way to deal with "terrorism". Furthermore, his insight into Bin Laden and his Al-Queda organization is very interesting as this book which was written before 9/11.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Our Fault
Measured perhaps is the word that best describes this book. Paul Pillar has clearly attempted to present the issues of terrorism in a dispassionate and reasoned manner. For the most part he has succeeded. He also provides the readers of the paperback edition of this book with a new introductory essay that ties the events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks into the main themes of the book. The book provides a useful basis for any discussion on the nature of terrorism and counter terrorism.

It is also a book is filled with interesting observations and comments. For example, anyone who has read Ron Suskind's book, "The One Per Cent Doctrine" undoubtedly remembers Vice President Cheney's comment to George Tenet that, "If there's a one per cent chance that Pakistani scientists are helping al Qaeda to build or develop a nuclear weapon, we have treat it as a certainty in terms of our response." This book which was published well before the Suskind book, provides the reader with the same concept after someone, presumably Tenet, translated it into bureaucratese "...the potentialconsequences of CBRN weapons getting into the hands of terrorist groups are so severe that the possibility must be countered no matter how low the probability."

Of course this book, like so many written by former government officials is self serving. Pillar probably was forced out as the Deputy Chief of the Counter Terrorism Center (CTC) of the CIA, but the reasons for this are unclear. In any event he spends a good deal of the book justifying the work of CIA and providing what has become the standard Government Official response to critics of the Agency by claiming that: the problems raised by the critics are bogus and show a misunderstanding of how the agency operates and besides which action has already been taken internally to correct them. Nonetheless the book is worth reading and contributes to our understanding of the phenomena of terrorism.

4-0 out of 5 stars How has terrorism shaped our foreign policy
Paul R. Pillar has written in clear wording how terrorism has affected the United States Foreign Policy. Paul R. Pillar He pulls the curtain away from the terrorism mystic. You will learn about the other ways of dealing terrorism other than just the military option. For example

Counterterrorist Instruments:
1. Diplomacy
2. Criminal Law
3. Financial Controls
4. Military Force
5. Intelligence and Covert Action

Mr. Pillar explains how to use the instruments to their fullest extent, even when one instrument might not be the best in the long run, it might just be effective at the moment

Experts in the field of Terrorism have this work on their reference book shelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must read
Mr. Pillar makes many very interesting and well-balanced points in writing this book.His suggestions are quite well founded and realistic.

Too often suggested methods to combat terrorism are either inadequate or too extraordinary to be accomplished.Pillar offers very plausible and level-headed suggestions and expectations for the United States' counter-terrorism programs. ... Read more

13. Insurgency and Terrorism: From Revolution to Apocalypse, Second Edition, Revised
by Bard E. O'Neill
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A systematic, comprehensive, and straightforward textbook for analyzing and comparing insurgencies and terrorist movements, Insurgency and Terrorism was first published in 1990 to broad acclaim. Observers, scholars, students, military personnel, journalists, and government analysts worldwide found it worthy of study. Now Insurgency and Terrorism has been thoroughly revised and updated to cover activity that has since occurred in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, Colombia, and elsewhere and to address the new tactics and weapons used—and threatened. Author Bard E. O’Neill, the director of studies of insurgency and revolution at the National War College, addresses insurgencies with respect to ultimate goals, strategies, forms of warfare, the role and means of acquiring popular support, organizational dynamics, causes and effects of disunity, types of external support, and government responses. Course syllabi included. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good background, needs a better post 9-11 update
Everyone, at some time or another, looks for a magic wand, for that perfect solution to a problem. In the last few years, since the end of the cold war and of our comfortable belief that conflict was something that happened between two superpowers, by proxy in far, distant lands, we have had to wake up to the reality of a transnational insurgency that has the power to affect us wherever we are, be it in a commercial building in New York, a hotel in Jakarta, a train station in Madrid or a bus in London.

Since Francis Fukuyama's optimistic "The end of history" (as premature a title as ever has been written), a number of books have been published that analyze small wars, as these are now at the forefront of the news. Reading these books one hopes to find an answer to the new phenomenon of an apparently religiously driven discontent that is spanning two continents (Africa and Asia) and has actively engaged proponents in another two (America and Europe).

Bard O'Neill's "Insurgency and Terrorism", published by Potomac Books in 2005, is a well-written analysis of how and why insurgencies develop. Does it give readers an immediate understanding of how to deal with the Al Qaeda's new threat of an international Islamic insurgency? Does it give us the magic wand we are seeking in a flash of inspiration? Unfortunately no. But the problem is that there are no easy solutions to the incidents of terrorism we are facing today. It is disingenuous and fallacious of Governments to propose and believe in easy solutions to this problem, as "Mission Accomplished" all to painfully has shown.

It does however pay to analyze carefully the situation we are dealing with in it proper (and several) contexts. And this O'Neill does reasonably well. Insurgencies have been fought against invading armies, or against unpopular regimes that use established armies to impose their governance. In the first seven chapters of the book, O'Neill offers a structured analysis of the socio-economical motivations for insurgencies, the environments in they are fought and the strategies used to fight them, the importance of gaining and using popular support (through conviction, propaganda and coercion) as well as manipulating external support (outside the areas directly affected by conflict), and the organization and hierarchy of an insurgent operation. Through this structured categorization O'Neill examines how insurgencies develop and succeed. Also through this analysis we discover how different Al Qaeda's operations are today from past guerilla engagements.

Indeed, in this revised second edition of the book, O'Neill does keep the discussion current with references to how he believes the insurgency Al Qaeda is leading fits (or otherwise) in to his analyses. One would assume that Al Qaeda might deserve a chapter of its own but that is unfortunately missing; as O'Neill observes, the group's strategies and objectives don't fit particularly well in to any past or present insurgency. For instance, Mao's strategies are reasonable well described, particularly the requirement of support from the masses, and their mobilization in support a protracted popular war strategy, that seems to be one of Al Qaeda's aims. But, as the author points out, the closed cell organizational structure, loosely independent of a central authority, "is not conducive to mass mobilization." It is interesting to contrast Mao's doctrines on insurgency with Al Qaeda's today. O'Neill might have juxtaposed the two types of insurgency more strongly; in the section describing Mao's approach to coercion (as one of the tools used by insurgents to gain popular support) the author recalls Mao's "Eight Points of Attention" used to ensure his troops did the following:

* Speak politely.
* Pay fairly for what you buy.
* Return everything you borrow.
* Pay for anything you damage.
* Do not hit or swear at people.
* Do not damage crops.
* Do not take liberties with women.
* Do not ill-treat captives.

How different from the tactics being used by Al Qaeda today! Particularly the last two points! Mao led what arguably must be history's most successful insurgency and his tactics and strategies were successfully used in another war that began as an insurrection: the conflict that Vo Nguyen Giap conducted first against the French and then against the Americans. However Al Qaeda's protracted war doesn't seem to be modeled on any previous engagement.

Indeed O'Neill doesn't specify any example in history on which the Al Qaeda led insurgency is based. But it is in evaluating historical context that the book is quite weak. The approach O'Neill takes is structural rather than historical. He defines categories, and then finds insurgencies that fit them. The historical background of each insurgency is barely sketched out in most cases. And this leads to some omissions. For instance, there are references to the 1948-1960 Malayan Emergency throughout the text. But the context within which the British were eventually successful has been completely ignored: Gerald Templer's plan to set the country on the path to Independence, thereby voiding the political appeal of the insurgents, is not mentioned. Indeed neither there is a mention of Templer himself, who arguably was the architect of the most successful counterinsurgency effort ever staged by Britain. Of even more relevance today, and even though Afghanistan is mentioned throughout the book, no reference is made to the failed colonizing efforts made by the British in three disastrous wars conducted by them against Pashtun warriors, whose descendants also routed the Russians, and, in spite of all the recent American, Coalition and NATO efforts, are still causing seemingly endless trouble today. One might reasonably assume that a more detailed analysis of these two events would have been useful in the final chapter in which O'Neill evaluates possible Government responses to the threats presented by insurgencies. A far more detailed historical perspective of insurgencies, beginning with how the Romans fought successfully against insurgents in the lands they conquered, can be found in Walter Laqueur's "Guerrilla Warfare" published by transaction in 1998.

Even though the historical contexts of the various insurgencies O'Neill describes aren't presented as thoroughly as one might expect, the structured categorization of insurgents' operations allows the author to define a number of possible counterinsurgency strategies in the final chapter of the book. It is in this chapter that we find out that there are no easy solutions to be expected. Indeed a single definition of "victory" is not given. O'Neill observes that one of the most important factors in the success of a response is to be able to anticipate insurgents' plans and counter them effectively. However anticipation can only come from an administration that has a clear understanding of the opposing forces' strategies, tactics and goals. Without a clear comprehension of these, responses can be misdirected at best or play directly in to the goals of the insurgents at worse. In limited, national engagements, insurgent forces' strategies can be understood, but historically there has been a steep learning curve Government have had to face, and the learning has been (and obviously still is) faulty. This learning curve is much steeper for insurgencies that span beyond a single country's borders, as international cooperation is needed in the fight against them, and politics provide a huge barrier against this.

In conclusion, the book gives the reader some very good insights on how recent past insurgencies have developed and been handled. In today's context what the book misses out on is a strong thread that might give more specific insights in to how we might tackle the problem of a transnational insurgency that is driven through the very modern tools of communication (such as the Internet) by a group of people whose ideals are very firmly rooted in the medieval past. This lack of a thread is probably due to the fact that O'Neill wrote the first edition of the book in 1990, well before the rise of Islamic extremism. In keeping with the original structure of the book, the second revision shows that the Al Qaeda revolution is in a category of its own.It become implicit that we will need to develop new tools to fight it, and not much of our previous knowledge and experience on insurgencies can be called upon successfully.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Guide for the Topic
This book give types of Insurgencies that history has show us and the definitions that make them different to each other.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book to understand insurgency and terrorism
I have read the first edition of this book and I found it very useful to understand insurgency and terrorism. Moreover I wish I had read this book when I was in Colombia or in Haiti where we had to deal with insurgencies. In my opinion the book is an important tool for the intelligence analyst because it shows a framework to analyze the complex phenomenon of guerilla and insurgency. It was very valuable for me to learn about the four strategic approaches (conspiratorial - military focus - protracted popular war - and urban warfare)

As I wrote above, I read the first edition, so I don't know if the ideas that I'm going to write about are been included or not. The first one is about the "Legal Warfare" that was developed by the Insurgencies in Colombia and Argentina. It consists in accused soldiers of violations of human's rights. On almost every occasion they were false accusations. Therefore, they were judged and condemned by the civil authorities. However, nobody accused the terrorists of human right violations. The last one is about the insurgency that is developed from a defeated army. This is the case of what Col Volckmann said in his book "We remained" about the resistance in Philippines in World War II.

In conclusion, the book is brilliantly written and is very useful to understand and defeat insurgencies.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Textbook on Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
Terrorism and Insurgency by Bard E. O'Neill, is an invaluable resource for those interested in understanding insurgency and the relevant factors that lead to its success or failure.

This book appears to be written for a classroom audience (the author in fact provides a proposed semester-length class schedule complete with lesson plans and assigned reading).However, O'Neill also has government analysts and policy makers in mind.Throughout the book, and especially in chapters covering government response and the conclusion, he stresses the value of providing as complete a picture as possible while keeping in mind objectivity and maintaining an unbiased approach to analysis.

O'Neill begins his book by looking at insurgencies and the related fields of terrorism and guerilla warfare.His framework for analysis includes understanding the nature of the insurgency, insurgent strategies, both political and military, understanding the physical as well as human environment, organization, and the role of external support.

In the final chapter, O'Neill lays out a comprehensive lense through which a government analyst could view its adversary and policy makers can create successful counterinsurgency operations.Urging the avoidance of polemics and shortsightedness, O'Neill provides a credible and realistic lense through which to create effective countermeasures.

O'Neill helps to settle many unhelpful arguments and issues for analysts.For example, he rejects the false dichotomy of freedom fighter versus terrorist, as one deals with ends (freedom fighter) and one is a means to get their (terrorism).As such, a freedom fighter can use terrorist tactics to achieve his ends.

Also, a driving factor that many insurgencies use to determine their strategies are the physical and human environment around them and the perceived and real government response.Understanding this is invaluable both for insurgents and counterinsurgency operations.

The ideology, or political campaign, the insurgent group promotes, serves the valuable function of differentiating friend from foe.Providing an alternative to this ideology is integral to separating insurgents from the majority population (assuming the insurgents are a minority).

Many insurgencies survive through external support from other states or insurgent groups.One method students and analysts can use to find weaknesses to exploit is by knowing which insurgent groups do and do not receive external support and the motives for the disparity.

Finally, many responses to insurgency fail because of inflexibility, sloppiness, ignorance, bias, anger, bureaucratic imperative or psychological aversion.These failings create often flawed and fatally mistaken counterinsurgency strategies.Avoiding this should be of primary concern.

5-0 out of 5 stars GreatReference
This is an excellent book. The author is a well known and respected expert of the field. The book begins with an introduction that attempts to level set and baseline definitions and meanings. Although this may appear to be semantics, the differences both subtle and great is important. The book is well organized it is easy to refer to a specific chapter or section in the event you need a quick refresher and or reference. The book is well written, concise and offers a large quantity of foot notes at the end of each chapter. This book is for both the expert and the novice.

Terry Tucker, Adjunct Professor, Military Studies/History University of Maryland and Senior Doctrine Developer SANGMP, Vinnell Arabia
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14. Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind
by Walter Reich
Paperback: 304 Pages (1998-09-18)
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Terrorists and terrorism have become a major force internationally. Hostage-taking and other acts of violence for political ends are common all over the globe. This groundbreaking study sheds new light on the phenomenon of terrorism.

This book examines and explains the nature and sources of terrorists' beliefs, actions, goals, worldviews, and states of mind. Origins of Terrorism addresses, with scholarly responsibility as well as necessary urgency, one of the most vexing intellectual and political challenges of our time.

The contributors to this book bring deep learning and experience in realms that are vital to an understanding of the arenas within which terrorist behavior takes place-arenas such as ideology, nationalism and religion. The authors explore terrorist behavior in its troubling richness and diversity, and identify the ways in which it develops, grows and sustains itself. In addition, they study the mechanisms that enable terrorists to easily carry out violent acts against innocents, as well as the ways in which leaders of governments respond to terrorist actions and threats. Finally, they identify the opportunities for future research in the psychology of terrorism as well as the limits of such research

This collection, under Reich's editorship, will help us to understand terrorism as well as the motivations behind it. Origins of Terrorism, which is being published simultaneously in hardcover and paperback, is an important study which is bound to affect the way we look at world politics. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars dated but educational and not a difficult read
This book was written before the huge surge in interest in terrorism in the United States brought on by 9/11. Since so much has been written since 1998, to read this book alone would leave the reader a bit behind the times on the subject. Nevertheless, I would recommend anyone interested in the topic starting here.

The parts dealing with the psychology of terror are quite relevant - how do terrorists justify to themselves what they do and how can engaging in terrorist acts alter the views of those who commit them? How do the defenders of terrorism in the name of religion get around prohibitions on suicide? If ever there were a vivid description of rationalization, you'll find it in the account of the views of a Lebanese cleric that adapt to the level of enthusiasm of the public, the judgments of peersand the effectiveness of terror. Success can do much to muffle opposition just as in conventional warfare techniques that were formerly abhorred can find favor if they prove useful. Who would have thought the President of the United States would scarcely hide his approval of torture (while denying it, of course).

You'll find a good historical summary of the Weathermen in the United States, the Bader/Meinhof Gang in Germany and the IRA in Northern Ireland providing evidence of how terror acts on the population in general as well as those who plan and carry out the acts. Did terror do what it is hoped that it would do?

The book is not a difficult read but it is not a casual read either. You'll need to concentrate to follow the points of the several authors and keep their ideas in mind as you move from one to the next. If you do, you'll find broad coverage that approaches the subject from many angles and reaches back in time to the first century AD.

I'm keeping my copy as a good reference on the subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition
Great price for a brand new book that was going for $40 used through the school bookstore.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and attempted balance
Origins of Terrorism attempts to both be balanced and discuss the psychologies of terrorists.The chapter by Martha Crenshaw (I recommend reading her book on terrorism rather than just the chapter) presents the opposing view to the chapter by Post.While interesting, the psychology advanced is mostly the "crazy terrorist" psychology.I didn't get much out of the book, except for the first two chapters and chapter 10.Chapter 10, which discusses terrorist motivations, is incredibly useful.The rest of the book is average but unremarkable.

2-0 out of 5 stars Oversimplified and Biased
This book attempts to account for the root causes of terrorism. However it fails to provide a meticulous analysis of the origins of terrorism. For example, consider the author's analysis of islamic fanaticism. According to Reich, muslim terrorists, driven by an ardent religious conviction, target western modernism as they despise the Western way of life. In support of his assertion, Reich uses quotes from the Quaran which have been taken out of their proper context. Anyone even vaguely familiar with Islam knows that Islam teaches piety, tolerance, empathy and equality before God (please check the Quaran for corroboration of this). Moreover murder is justifiable only in self-defense. Subsequently, claiming that Islamic fundamentalism emerged as a result of an extreme interpretation of the Quaran is preposterous. The author further asserts that Hezbollah uses religion as a justification for its abhorrent atrocities. Trying to explain the underlying motives of Hezbollah's ideology without even taking into account the 22-years long Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon is indicative of poor scholaship and gross oversimplification. In my view it was the Israeli invasion of Lebanon which triggered the emergence of these resistance groups. The real causes of terrorism are Western imperialism, gross economic inequalities, oppression, abject poverty, Western exploitation of the Middle East's enormous oil fields, imposition of Western values and US capitalism, US constant interventions and support for oppressive governments like Saudi-Arabia, Israel etc. These are the root causes and unless we acknowledge them it will be extremely difficult to obliterate terrorism. It is like treating a patient but having a wrong diagnosis. Another disadvantage of this book is the fact that it almost exclusively focuses on Islamic fundamentalism; no account of Jewish and Christian terrorism is given. This seriously undermines the book's purpose and makes it biased. This book does however provide a thorough account of psychological factors which contribute to the rise of terrorism but these are merely of secondary importance. Interesting read but lacks a detailed analysis.

5-0 out of 5 stars About a year too soon
This informative book covers all aspects of terrorism - the warped psyches driving the murderous events, historical setting, goals, leaders and particularly the religious, ethnic and ideological forces behind terrorism.While 99.99% of all world terrorism has its roots in the Middle East, it has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Even more important than the barbarous acts, though, is the development of a framework within which one both justifies and excuses terrorism.Never before has the claim been made that it is morally permissible to kill innocent men, women and children for any reason.Never before have there been so many willing not only to forgive but also to forget these deeds done in the name of an esoteric idea.

Perhaps the most important development, and one discussed in detail, is the merging of Islamic fundamentalism and the Left throughout the world.In a sense it was inevitable:Both are virulently anti-Western, both advocate violence and both support
- and get support from -totalitarian regimes. Mainly due to the identification with the USSR and its support for Arab causes, the Left has moved steadily into an anti-Israeli/Jewish pro-Arab/Palestinian stand. One can trace both the physical evolution of Palestinian terror groups (unorganized local groups to world network) and ideological evolution (from local issues to global terrorist concerns). This is most evident in Europe, especially France and Germany. The twoshare a dubious honor:France is the intellectual home of modern anti-Semitism and Germany is where the logical fruition of these "ideas" was practiced.

Another danger of terrorism is that of disproportion.The number of people required for maximum damage has been steadily dwindling - from mass armies, to small units, to spies to ordinary individuals. Terrorism thrives because of this disproportionate power. This is a disturbing yet satisfying read and the author is to be commended for excellent research. ... Read more

15. Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe
by Graham Allison
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"Allison's comprehensive but accessible treatment of this vital subject is a major contribution to public understanding." -The New York Times Book Review

Americans in the twenty-first century are keenly aware of the many forms of terrorism: hijackings, biological attacks, chemical weapons. But the deadliest form is almost too scary to think about-a terrorist group exploding a nuclear device in an American city.

In this urgent call to action, Graham Allison, one of America's leading experts on nuclear weapons and national security, presents the evidence for two provocative, compelling conclusions. First, if policy makers in Washington keep doing what they are currently doing about the threat, a nuclear terrorist attack on America is inevitable. Second, the surprising and largely unrecognized good news is that nuclear terrorism is, in fact, preventable. In these pages, Allison offers an ambitious but feasible blueprint for eliminating the possibility of nuclear terrorist attacks, if we are willing to face the issue squarely.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Framing the Issue
By concentrating on the key vulnerabilities, Mr. Graham does a wonderful job of framing a difficult issue, which has largely been considered "unthinkable" and ignored by policymakers. Though his solutions are creative and some plausible, he explains away their implementation.He also ignores nation states in the process of developing nuclear capabilities, such as Iran, which represent some of the biggest concerns.But overall, an very well-written and interesting book.I would highly recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best inside-the-box terrorism prevention strategy
Graham Allison's nuclear terrorism prevention strategy is a perceptive and tough look at a nagging problem of grave national importance. It's perhaps the best strategy possible given America's current structure. Allison warns that if terrorists get weapons of mass destruction, then the game is over because these weapons will probably be used against us, and therefore a rigorous strategy of locking down weapons worldwide is sensible. Allison fails to explain how the United States can act as the world's nuclear policeman. His book is loaded with practical suggestions like using financial incentives in nations like Russia to encourage foreign officials to lock up or destroy excess weapons, giving money to non-nuclear states to produce less dangerous plutonium and uranium, having a more humble foreign policy, improving intelligence, strengthening global alliances, and so on. But there's a sense that even if all of these suggestions were followed to the letter, the United States would remain vulnerable. I recommend an alternative approach which requires extensive political reform but which I claim does, in fact, prevent serious terrorism; but in the meantime, Allison's method is probably the best inside-the-box terrorism prevention strategy that exists.

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Depressing Thing

What is?

Nuclear terrorism, according to Warren Buffet, who should be adept in evaluating the probability of future events. He goes on to say, "It will happen. It's inevitable. I don't see any way that it won't happen".

And yet the subtitle of is book is "The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe". The author is not a pessimist. He writes, "The central but largely unrecognized truth is that nuclear terrorism is preventable. As a simple matter of physics, without fissile material, there can be no nuclear explosion. There is a vast, but not unlimited, amount of highly enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium in the world, and it is within our power to keep it secure. The United States does not lose gold from Fort Knox, nor Russia treasures from the Kremlin Armory. Thus all that the United States and its allies have to do to prevent nuclear terrorism is to prevent terrorists from acquiring a weapon or nuclear material. The `all' required calls for a substantial, sustained, but nonetheless finite undertaking that can be accomplished by a finite effort. It is a challenge to our will, our conviction, and our courage, but not to our technical capacity".

The first part of the book deals with the nature of the threat. Key points include the following:

* Numerous terrorist groups have the motive and capacity to seek out nuclear weapons.

* These weapons exceed anything else in terms of deadly effect and terror producing potential.

* Nuclear material and weapons are poorly guarded in the former Soviet Union and developing world.

* Nuclear proliferators such as Pakistan exacerbate the situation.

* An actual weapon is easy to put together once the fissile material has been obtained.

* There are many relatively straightforward delivery methods and routes for such a weapon.

Taking all this together, Buffet is right and nuclear terrorism seems indeed inevitable.

In the second part of the book the author presents his approach to dealing with the threat.

His objective is "A World of Three No's" - no loose nukes, no new nascent nukes, and no new nuclear weapons states.

How do we accomplish this? Allison sets it forth in "A Road Map of Seven Yesses". These are:

* Making the prevention of nuclear terrorism an absolute national priority;

* Fighting a strategically focused war on terrorism;

* Conducting a humble foreign policy;

* Building a global alliance against nuclear terrorism;

* Creating the intelligence capabilities required for success in the war on nuclear terrorism;

* Dealing with dirty bombs;

* Constructing a multilayered defense.

While this all seems reasonable enough, I couldn't help coming away with the sense that while clearly necessary, these actions are not in and of themselves sufficient to address the immensity of the risk. And even if they were, there is a question as to how they are to be accomplished.

For example, the author calls for a stop to the new national production of fissile material "beginning with Iran".

What's left out is how.

And this is but one piece of what needs to be done...

Anyway, this is a good, if sobering book. It should be required reading for whoever the new occupant of the White House will be.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deterrence and Attribution helped once will help now
During the Cold War from the 1950s until the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, we faced adversaries (including China) that could with impunity launch ICBMs and airborne bomber fleets.In response we spent billions building radars to attribute the nuclear attack to the country which launched the ICBMs and bombers.

It worked.

We're here.

The strategy was called deterrence.Mutually Assured Destruction. MAD.

Today we need to employ the same strategy of Attribution and Deterrence against our new nuclear armed adversaries.

The delivery system they are selecting will not necessarily be limited to ICMBs and bomber fleets. It will included weaponized civilian transportation systems.Airplanes and sea containers. 9/11 was a sample of a scary future.

We can stop it.

Let's build a nuclear sensor network. Attribution and Deterrence worked once.

It can and will work again.

Matthew Schor, Trojan Defense.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Cogent Analysis
One of the best books on the subject.Without a lot of hype and drama, the author captures the danges from this threat. Of particular interest are his recommendations to the US Government on changes that should be implemented if we are to avoid this looming threat.Most authors lack the experience and perspective needed to formulate a recommended path forward. ... Read more

16. Global Terrorism and New Media: The post-Al Qaeda generation (Media, War and Security)
by Philip Seib, Dana M. Janbek
Hardcover: 160 Pages (2010-09-20)
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Global Terrorism and New Media carefully examines the content of terrorist websites and extremist television programming to provide a comprehensive look at how terrorist groups use new media today.

Based partly on a content analysis of discussion boards and forums, the authors share their findings on how terrorism 1.0 is migrating to 2.0 where the interactive nature of new media is used to build virtual organization and community. Although the creative use of social networking tools such as Facebook may advance the reach of terrorist groups, the impact of their use of new media remains uncertain. The book pays particular attention to terrorist media efforts directed at women and children, which are evidence of the long-term strategy that some terrorist organizations have adopted, and the relationship between terrorists’ media presence and actual terrorist activity. This volume also looks at the future of terrorism online and analyzes lessons learned from counterterrorism strategies.

This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism studies, media and communication studies, security studies and political science.

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17. Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century (6th Edition)
by Cynthia C. Combs
Paperback: 400 Pages (2010-02-07)
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Asin: 0205779719
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century helps readers understand terrorism, responses to it, and current trends that affect the future of this phenomenon.


Putting terrorism into historical perspective and analyzing it as a form of political violence, this text presents the most essential concepts, the latest data, and numerous case studies to promote effective analysis of terrorist acts. Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century objectively breaks down the who-what-why-how of terrorism, giving readers a way both to understand patterns of behavior and to more critically evaluate forthcoming patterns.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do justice to its title.
Cynthia Comb's book ought to have focussed much more on contemporary terrorism instead of those that prevailed in the 1970s and 1980s. While this book is useful to get an insight into the dynamics of terrorism, modern terrorism is qualitatively different in that it is far more organized with a global network. If one has to gain a theoretical understanding on the subject then the section on terrorism in my book, 'Tracing the Eagle's Orbit' could be worth trying.

Yet, Dr. Comb has written a very interesting and thought provoking book and that alone counts. This is more so, if one admits the size of the book in view of a rapidly proliferating topic.

Gautam Maitra
Author of 'Tracing the Eagle's Orbit: Illuminating Insights into Major US Foreign Policies Since Independence.'

4-0 out of 5 stars A Basic Textbook on Terrorism
This is a good overall introduction to terrorism for those with no knowledge of the subject, and it is composed in an organized fashion without the use of complicated jargon. In short, it's a condensed textbook on terrorism, but not nearlyin-depth enough to get into the nitty-gritty issues or trends.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I am a prior student of Cindy Combs and have studied terrorism for over 5 years. I own both a copy of the 3rd and 4th edidtions and can say without a doubt the book provides an excellent introduction to the study of terrorism. I have read reviews concerning the book and must say that the information is outdated, but it is meant as a guideline. The book is best used in conjunction with the Encyclopedia of Terrorism and the Terrorism Readers (aka governement reports on activity and News articles concerning recent actions).

5-0 out of 5 stars A textbook on Terrorism
The book is a thorough review of the differnet aspects of terrorism, and as such it fits as an undergraduate textbook on the subject. Combs reviews the history of terrorism, different types of terrorism, and how people and governmnets dealt with this phenomenon during the years.
The book is written is a clear and communicative style, and each chapter ends with several issues for indepth thinking and discussion.
The relatively small size of the book, the clarity and exhaustiveness of its coverage of terrorism make it attractive to a busy student who wishes to learn about terrorism but has very little time to spend on such study. I truely think the book merits 5 point especially compared to other material written on this subject these days.

5-0 out of 5 stars A textbook on Terrorism
The book is a thorough review of the differnet aspects of terrorism, and as such it fits as an undergraduate textbook on the subject. Combs reviews the history of terrorism, different types of terrorism, and how people and governmnets dealt with this phenomenon during the years.
The book is written is a clear and communicative style, and each chapter ends with several issues for indepth thinking and discussion.
The relatively small size of the book, the clarity and exhaustiveness of its coverage of terrorism make it attractive to a busy student who wishes to learn about terrorism but has very little time to spend on such study. I truely think the book merits 5 point especially compared to other material written on this subject these days. ... Read more

18. Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism
by Michael Burleigh
Hardcover: 592 Pages (2009-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Blood and Rage is a sweeping and deeply penetrating work of history that explores the nature of terrorism from its origins in the West to today's global threat fueled by fundamentalists. Distinguished historian Michael Burleigh ("There are few better writers at work today" —The Sunday Times) emphasizes the lethal resentments and the twisted morality that spawn terrorism rather than the ideological or religious justification that routinely accompanies it. He reveals who the terrorist groups are, how they organize and operate, what motivates their violence, and how wider support encourages them.

Burleigh takes us from the roots of terrorism in the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Russian Nihilists, and the London-based anarchists of Black International to the various terrorist campaigns that exist today. He also explores the lives of people engaged in careers of political violence and those who are most affected by terrorism.

Burleigh argues persuasively that history enables us to see how terrorism can be effectively contained and countered by avoiding the major mistakes of the past and by exploiting weaknesses within terrorist organizations. The problems in today's world, as well—especially the chaos inflicted by terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan—reflect the tragic, disastrous, and far-reaching consequences of this long war.

Authoritative, illuminating, and masterfully written, Blood and Rage sheds an unflinching light on the global threat that we are likely to face for decades to come.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Again, Burleigh Hit the Target
Michael Burleigh seems incapable of writing a mediocre book, much less a bad one. With this his examination of modern terrorism since middle XIX century is a wisely mixed exercise of enormous scholarly research and -not always an scholarly feature-deep penetrating intelligence. The reader gets a clear picture of this kind of disease as something coming, at last, from distorted social and cultural conditions in the middle of an atmosphere of suffocating lack of institutional alternatives, so there is no way to givean adequate expression to complains and the paths of sane development for new generations are kept closed. From this insane pot a first intent for violence as an illusory remedy of all that comes, next the fast development of sheer terrorism as almost a way of living with his unpleasant gallery of characters, blood lust, rage andbrutality.
A great book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A terrorist is a criminal with a false cause and a distorted sense of their own worth
I enjoyed this book. It was all the better for not making theories, or grand strategies, bit for its straightforward description of people and events. It shows that the people involved in terrorism are dangerous, usually on a basis of criminality or inadequacy. Giving a criminal a "noble cause" or a "lifelong fight" gives him or her a plausible (but utterly false) reason for acts that are utterly despicable on the basis that they can do no good, make no relationships, and can only cause harm, destruction and alienation.

Historical or current grudges are a fertile soil for terrorism, but not a justification for it- because the means invalidates any end it might claim to want to achieve. That terrorism can only cause harm is one of the main messages of this book. Terrorists need to personify their enemies as different, undesirable and other from them. The truth is we are all human, and we all bleed like each other. Burleigh's point that all terrorist victims are people merely wanting to go about their daily business and relate well to other people is well made.

The ability of states to contort their best values (freedom of speech, liberty of assembly, tolerance for others of different backgrounds or opinions) to accommodate terrorists is well described. The role of some lawyers in achieving this is well described. Law, and the uses to which it is used, and to which it is not enforced tell us a lot about the values in our societies. In the UK our libel laws, "Londonistan", and our reluctance to deport certain people are our contributions to enabling terrorism.

This book is powerful, and useful reading. We are all potentially terrorist targets, as we are all "decadent" in some way or other. This book should encourage us that terrorism is a problem that is ultimately sortable, and exposes well the emptiness of purported justifications of it.

I can recommend it to others.

3-0 out of 5 stars looking at terrorism's history - and its present
It is soon clear that there is nothing new in our current preoccupation with bombings, even suicide bombings, and acts of political or religious terror. Burleigh starts with the Irish Fenians of the 19th century (bomb factories, innocent deaths, deaths of bombers, pre-emptive arrests and "hard" questioning by the authorities - it was all there in the past too ) then progresses (regresses?) through Russian bombers, anarchists onto the 20th century terrorist groups: Israeli, Palestinian, Irish, Basque, the European Red Brigades. The final (largest) section encompasses contemporary Islamist terror groups.

Some is done well. Burleigh is best on the more focused sections where he can follow a linear history: Fenians, Basques & Israeli terrorism as well as the final section on contemporary Islamist terror movements. Elsewhere (anarchism especially) exposition is at times over complex and confusing. I felt even a timeline would cope better with the huge amount of chronology and undeveloped personalities and events offered. Perhaps its scope is over ambitious. It may have been better to break it down into a couple of volumes (and so also include the latin American movements of the 1970's: tightly linked in many ways to the Red Brigades/RAF but a curious and large omission, even if admitted to by the author in the introduction).

At its best this a very good survey despite being openly opinionated, (increasingly so as chapters near the present). It could also do without the authors own explicit "solutions" at the end - many of these are certainly valid but are largely implicitly clear to the perceptive reader and do not require reinforcement. Perhaps more for research and dipping into rather than reading from cover to cover,this remains a valid and accessible addition to the topic.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not His Best
I don't know if it's appropriate to use the word "fan" when referring to a historian.But, to heck with it....I'm a huge fan of Michael Burleigh.I consider him to be among the best of the current crop of historians; indeed, among the best ever.In addition to being phenomenally intelligent and witty, he's an outstanding scholar and writer.He's also a very astute analyst of the underlying causes of Western Civilization's collapse.I'm always enlightened and riveted when reading him, and I was equally so when reading "Blood and Rage".You cannot and will not read a more incisive and comprehensive book on the subject of terrorists.Burleigh brings it home how extraordinarily vile terrorists are; how they at least disrupt and often wreck the lives of the innocent.Strip away all their bombastic claptrap and the reason is always the same -- the most bestial bloodlust.Terrorists are thugs -- no more, no less.

That being said, Burleigh is a bit too comprehensive in this case; there's just too much detail.With all due respect to Burleigh, I'm just not crazy about the everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-[insert topic here]....And-then-some approach.

Still, Burleigh is always worth reading, and that's one rule sans exception.

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19. Terrorism Handbook for Operational Responders
by Armando S. Bevelacqua, Richard H. Stilp
Paperback: 192 Pages (2009-03-18)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The only reference of its kind for emergency responders, this updated book is a guide to the most significant points that surround the emergency response processes needed to cope with terrorism incidents.It highlights what is required to establish and implement tactical goals during such events, including new equipment and strategies that can enhance a responder's detection, monitoring, and protection capabilities against CBRNE agents ? chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents.Written to provide emergency responders with the knowledge and skills they need to prepare for and combat acts of terrorism, this book is a must for all emergency personnel who are called on to respond to a terrorist event. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Extremely detailed and no lack of factual data
This book is loaded with factual information that would be of value to any first responder, or anyone who just has an interest in learning more about potential hazards to local and national security. As a member of a local Medical Reserve Corps, I found this quite informative, and in some instances, detailed beyond my understanding. I did, however, think the author brought together a lot of valuable information in a solid one-stop resource. ... Read more

20. The Psychology of Terrorism (Cass Series on Political Violence)
by John Horgan
Paperback: 224 Pages (2005-08-31)
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Asin: 071468239X
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To understand the psychology of those who engage in terrorism, John Horgan draws on interviews with terrorists and analyzes current evidence to argue that only by asking the right questions about this complex problem, and by answering them with evidence, can we truly begin to understand the nature of terrorism and respond effectively. Consequently this book presents a critical analysis of our existing knowledge and understanding of terrorist psychology, and in doing so, highlights the substantial shortcomings and limitations of the nature and direction of current research.

This new volume presents a unique model of involvement and engagement in terrorism by considering it as a process and exploring three distinct phases of the making of a terrorist: becoming involved, remaining involved (or 'being' a terrorist), and leaving terrorism behind. Despite the ongoing search for a terrorist personality, the most insightful and evidence-based research to date not only illustrates the lack of any identifiable psychopathology in terrorists, but demonstrates how frighteningly 'normal' and unremarkable in psychological terms are those who engage in terrorist activity.
By producing a clearer picture of the complex processes that impinge upon the individual terrorist, a different type of terrorist psychology emerges, one which has controversial implications for efforts at countering terrorism in today's world.
The book concludes with what this new psychology of terrorism means for understanding the terrorist and highlights what both researchers and the broader community can do to realistically engage the terrorist threat.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing book on Terror
This is a solid piece of research and will provide insights to any student of terrorism. The author bases most of his research on scores of interviews with actual terrorists (the IRA, in particular) and this is a must read if you want to challenge much of the "pop psychology" generally applied to the study of terrorist mindsets or attempts at profiling.

5-0 out of 5 stars Psychological View of the Terrorist Personality.
How and why does someone become a terrorist? Are there common causes? Is there a terrorist personality?

For the first time I've seen, a senior psychologist has approached the concept of terrorism with a view to trying to understand what makes the mind of the terroristwork. Only with a greater understanding of every aspect of terrorism will we be able to work out the techniques that will enable the world to effectively fight it.

The author has conducted research that considers terrorism as a process and exploring three distinct phases of the making of a terrorist: becoming involved, remaining involved (or being a terrorist), and then leaving terrorism behind.

Despite the ongoing search for a terrorist personality, the most insightful and evidence-based research to date not only illustrates the lack of any identifiable psychopathology in in terrorists, but demonstrates how frighteningly 'normal' and unremarkable in psychological terms are those who engage in terrorist activity. ... Read more

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