Inside Terrorism / Edition 1by Bruce Hoffman
Pub. Date: 09/28/1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Are religious terrorist groups more likely than secular groups to use weapons of mass destruction? How do the media at once promote and combat terrorist attacks? How has terrorism evolved into a multimillion-dollar operation in the Middle East? Bruce Hoffman addresses these questions as he describes the changing face of terrorism, probing the new adversaries, new… See more details below
Are religious terrorist groups more likely than secular groups to use weapons of mass destruction? How do the media at once promote and combat terrorist attacks? How has terrorism evolved into a multimillion-dollar operation in the Middle East? Bruce Hoffman addresses these questions as he describes the changing face of terrorism, probing the new adversaries, new motivations, and new methods that have surfaced in recent years to challenge many of our most fundamental assumptions about terrorists and how they operate. Hoffman dissects terrorism past and present, charting its evolution and predicting where it might be headed in the next century. These fringe groups are built upon - and react to - a sense of isolation, and are more likely to use weapons of mass destruction than the nationalist terrorist groups with which we are familiar. Hoffman also considers the issue of media coverage and how it relates to political power. Although the media provide a platform for terrorist agendas, terrorists achieve their ultimate political goals by exploiting the media, and are often captured as a result of news reports - as in the Unabomber case. South Africa's African National Congress, which won sympathy for its plight and eventually obtained power in part through terrorist activities, is a rare exception to the rule.
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Table of Contents
|2||The end of empire and the origins of contemporary terrorism||43|
|3||The internationalization of terrorism||63|
|4||Religion and terrorism||81|
|6||The old media, terrorism, and public opinion||173|
|7||The new media, terrorism, and the shaping of global opinion||197|
|8||The modern terrorist mind-set : tactics, targets, tradecraft, and technologies||229|
|9||Terrorism today and tomorrow||257|
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Not having any bakcground in the history of terrorism, I found this book extremely informative. I learned a great deal about the development/evolution and history of modern-day terrorism,. Furthermore, I found the discussion of the various types of terrorism to be especially useful. However, the book seemed very redudant to me. I recommend this to whoever is looking for a brief overview of how terrorism has changed since its beginnings.
This book covers all the basics of what the free world has feared for decades - Terrorism. From the very first page, Mr. Hoffman explains everything an individual needs to know to understand why terrorism exists, what causes it, how media and terrorism relate, and also briefly explains what types of terrorism the world can expect in the future. A must read for those interested in the subject...
THE MOST WELL WRITTEN BOOK ON TERRORISM YET. hOFFMAN GIVES A SCHOLARY CHRONOLOGICAL TONE TO THE SUBJECT AT HAND. oNE OF THE BEST BOOKS ON TERRROISM THAT GIVES ONE A GREAT INSIGHT INTO THE TOPIC EVEN IF ONE NEVER READ ABOUT TERRORISM BEFORE.