In the Name of Terrorism: Presidents on Political Violence in the Post-World War II Era

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In the Name of Terrorism describes and analyzes the public communication strategies presidents have deployed to discuss terrorism since the end of World War II. Drawing upon internal administration documents, memoirs, and public papers, Carol K. Winkler uncovers how presidents have capitalized on public perceptions of the terrorist threat, misrepresented actual terrorist events, and used the term "terrorism" to influence electoral outcomes both at home and abroad. Perhaps more importantly, she explains their motivations for doing so, and critically discusses the moral and political implications of the present range of narratives used to present terrorism to the public.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791466179
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: SUNY series in the Trajectory of Terror Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 What's in a name? 1
2 The Vietnam War and the communist terrorists 17
3 The Iranian hostage crisis : an American tragedy 37
4 Origins of terrorism as an American ideograph : the Reagan era 65
5 The Persian Gulf conflict of 1991 : the Cold War narrative in the post-Cold War era 97
6 Terrorism and the Clinton era : a prophetic moment 127
7 America under attack : George W. Bush and noncitizen actors 155
8 Terrorism and American culture 189
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