How Did This Happen?: Terrorism and the New War

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In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on September 11, one question has been on everyone's mind: "How did this happen?" This book seeks to answer this question in all its critical aspects—the motives and actions of the terrorists, the status of the U.S. military, the context of the Middle East, bioterrorism, airport security, diplomatic pressures—and to provide readers with perspective, information, and sound interpretation. The editors of Foreign Affairs have brought together noted experts whose insights make...

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Overview

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on September 11, one question has been on everyone's mind: "How did this happen?" This book seeks to answer this question in all its critical aspects—the motives and actions of the terrorists, the status of the U.S. military, the context of the Middle East, bioterrorism, airport security, diplomatic pressures—and to provide readers with perspective, information, and sound interpretation. The editors of Foreign Affairs have brought together noted experts whose insights make the events of that terrible day more understandable, even as we steel ourselves for the conflicts ahead.

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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News
A maddeningly brilliant work... [Laurence's book] should take its place among the most evocative and illuminating American Vietnam War memoirs.
Peter Gizewski
A thorough,accessible and highly balanced primer,which should raise the quality of the ongoing debate.>
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James F. Hoge, Jr., is the editor of Foreign Affairs and was previously publisher of the New York Daily News and editor and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times. Gideon Rose, the managing editor of Foreign Affairs, has served on the staff of the National Security Council and has taught at Princeton and Columbia universities.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Organization Men: Anatomy of a Terrorist Attack
The Uneasy Imperium: Pax Americana in the Middle East
Somebody Else's Civil War: Ideology, Rage, and the Assault on America
Was It Inevitable?: Islam Through History
Left, Right, and Beyond: The Changing Face of Terror
Graveyard of Empires: Afghanistan's Treacherous Peaks
The Restless Region: The Brittle States of Central and South Asia
The Kingdom in the Middle: Saudi Arabia's Double Game
Commandeering the Palestinian Cause: Bin Laden's Belated Concern
Strangling the Hydra: Targeting Al Qaeda's Finances
Intelligence Test: The Limits of Prevention
The All-Too-Friendly Skies: Security as an Afterthought
The Unguarded Homeland: A Study in Malign Neglect
Government's Challenge: Getting Serious About Terrorism
Germ Wars: The Biological Threat from Abroad
Countering Bioterrorism: Who's in Charge?
The New Security Mantra: Prevention, Deterrence, Defence
Waging the New War: What's Next for the U.S. Armed Forces
Diplomacy in Wartime: New Priorities and Alignments
Stirred but not Shaken: The Economic Repercussions
The Home Front: American Society Responds to the New War
The Cold War is Finally Over: The True Significance of the Attacks
The Return of History: What September 11 Hath Wrought
Acknowledgments
Contributors
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