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Peters proposes an unorthodox view of intelligence analysis, attacks the lie that American people will not accept casualties, and, in a tour de force, reveals the human side of Clausewitz. Beyond Terror takes us far beyond the intellectual prison of traditional wisdom to offer the most original thinking available on the strategic challenges confronting the United States in the twenty-first century.
|Part I||At the Walls of Jericho|
|Our Place in History||3|
|When Devils Walk the Earth||22|
|The New Strategic Trinity||66|
|The Hourglass Wars||77|
|The American Mission||103|
|Killers and Constables||115|
|The Plague of Ideas||139|
|Stability, America's Enemy||167|
|The Black Art of Intelligence||193|
|The Rejection of the West||209|
|Part II||And Rumors of War|
|The Seeker and the Sage||261|
|The Casualty Myth||286|
|The Human Terrain of Urban Operations||299|
|Hucksters in Uniform||312|
|The Future of War||323|
|Dogma and the Dead||337|
Posted August 13, 2002
Ralph Peters has once again provided us with an excellent series of insightful essays. His writings address a group of topics including terrorism, intelligence, failing states, military affairs and America`s role in the world. Each essay presents a unique point of view on the subject as only Ralph Peters can. Peters writes in a crisp, never boring and brutally frank style that makes you think. Beyond Terror is a book that you will not want to put down. This manuscript is not your normal think tank analysis. If you want to truly understand what is going on in the world today, this is what to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2002
Peters displays a real penchant for understanding the psychology that leads to apocalyptic terrorism. Not satisfied there, he also critiques the marginal preparedness for terrorism and other future strife that US military and civilian leaders seem willing to accept. It offers a large measure of seemingly original and integrated thought, although there are a few ideas that seem rather incompatible. Many see that it is the conceit and condescension of the DC crowd, lamented by Peters, that causes so many of them to wish to totally disenfranchise or severely restrict "common" citizens from the personal firearms ownership and resulting freedom that he, too, seems to deplore.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2002
Beyond Terror is a compilation of superb essays written by the most gifted military theorist of his generation. These essays predominantly examine the current terrorist threat. The reader should be aware that Ralph Peters is one of the very few writers in this arcane area of study that accurately foresaw the possibility of 9/11. If you want to know why Islamic terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon, read this book. If you want to know how such terrorists can best be attacked, read this book. If you want a clearer understanding of the terrorist threat, read this book. If you are tired of academic analysis on terrorism, that says much but clarifies little, read this book. The author is one of the best traveled of the writers on contemporary terrorism. He knows his subject. A former US Army Intelligence Officer, Peters writes with honesty and conviction. Whether you agree or disagree with his analysis, you won¿t have any difficulty understanding his positions. Such clarity of thought is rare and valuable. More importantly, this reviewer believes that Peters more often than not is correct in his assessments. His opinions are based in a multi-disciplinary approach to his subject matter¿ using the intellectual tools of psychologists, cultural anthropologists, sociologists, and historians. This approach explains much while obfuscating nothing. Ralph Peters' work is highly recommended because he insists on gaining first-hand experience before writing his opinions¿ an unusual and laudable characteristic. Beyond Terror is the best of contemporary writings on the critical topic of terrorism.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.