Middle Eastern Terrorism: From Black September to September 11 [NOOK Book]

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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title

Since the first airplane hijacking by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in September 1970, Middle Eastern terrorists have sacrificed innocent human lives in the name of ideology. From Black September to the Munich Olympics, to the embassy bombing in Beirut, to the devastating attacks of September 11...

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Overview

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title

Since the first airplane hijacking by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in September 1970, Middle Eastern terrorists have sacrificed innocent human lives in the name of ideology. From Black September to the Munich Olympics, to the embassy bombing in Beirut, to the devastating attacks of September 11 and beyond, terrorism has emerged as the most important security concern of our time.

"Where did this come from?" Inspired by a student's question on the morning of September 11, 2001, Mark Ensalaco has written a thoroughly researched narrative account of the origins of Middle Eastern terrorism, addressing when and why terrorists started targeting Americans and American interests and what led to the September 11 attacks.

Ensalaco reveals the changing of motivations from secular Palestinian nationalism to militant Islam and demonstrates how competition among terrorists for resources and notoriety has driven them to increasingly extreme tactics. As he argues, terrorist attacks grew from spectacle to atrocity. Drawing on popular works and scholarly sources, Middle Eastern Terrorism tells this story in rich detail and with great clarity and insight.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A must read for everyone."—Journal of American History

"There is little or no work like this available to scholars, teachers, and citizens at a time when an informed public should be engaged in a thoughtful discourse on this matter."—Donna M. Schlagheck, author of International Terrorism: An Introduction to Concepts and Actors

"In a clear, methodical, and conscientiously neutral way, Ensalaco documents the political history of the rise of terrorism in the Middle East. . . . Essential for anyone beginning a study of Middle Eastern terrorism, or as a historical reference."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812201871
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 767,887
  • File size: 619 KB

Meet the Author

Mark Ensalaco is Raymond A. Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences at the University of Dayton. CNN Headline News, Reuters, and the Associated Press, among others, have interviewed Ensalaco about terrorism. He is the author of several books, including Chile Under Pinochet: Recovering the Truth, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. No One Heard Our Screams or Our Suffering
2. Revolutionary Violence Is a Political Act, Terrorism Is Not
3. Much Blood Will Flow, Not All of It Ours
4. Peace Would Be the End of All Our Hopes
5. We Accept to Live with You in Permanent Peace
6. We Will Get Slaughtered Down There
7. America Will Never Make Concessions to Terrorists
8. The Real Enemy Is America
9. Kill Them on the Land, the Sea, and in the Air
10. Today, Our Nation Saw Evil
Epilogue

Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments

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