Terror: How Israel Has Coped and What America Can Learn

Terror: How Israel Has Coped and What America Can Learn

by Leonard A. Cole
     
 

No country has experienced more acts of terrorism over a prolonged period
than Israel. The frequency of attacks has propelled Israel toward innovative methods
to address the threat. Indeed, treating so many victims of physical and
psychological trauma has given rise to the new field of terror medicine.

In a gripping narrative, terrorist expert

Overview

No country has experienced more acts of terrorism over a prolonged period
than Israel. The frequency of attacks has propelled Israel toward innovative methods
to address the threat. Indeed, treating so many victims of physical and
psychological trauma has given rise to the new field of terror medicine.

In a gripping narrative, terrorist expert Leonard A. Cole
describes how different segments of Israeli society have coped with terrorism --
survivors of attacks, families of victims, emergency responders, doctors and nurses,
and, in the end, the general population. He also interviews Palestinians, including
imprisoned handlers of suicide bombers, who endorse or deplore suicide bombings. He
concludes that the Israeli experience with preparedness and coping offers valuable
lessons for the United States.

Editorial Reviews

ForeWord
Terror will appeal to readers seeking to understand the immediate human cost of terrorism and learn how Israel's medical and psychological professionals cope with lingering effects. By delivering the story through the eyes of terror victims and those who assist them, Cole will move many readers emotionally. . .

Washington Times
This well written, extensively researched and comprehensive book also examines other topics, such as the impact of terrorist incidents on the survivors and their families and differences between the Israeli and American approaches to mandating preparedness for and the management of a disaster incident. There is also coverage of exchange programs between Israeli and American emergency response counterparts, including an initiative to establish an International Center for Terror Medicine (ICTM), so that 'terror medicine' can also inform U.S. efforts in this area. Mr. Cole's book is essential reading for all those involved in homeland security preparedness.

The Oklahoman
. . . [B]ecause of Cole's careful and insightful descriptions . . . is essential reading . . . an important addition to the public policy debate . . .
U.S. News & World Report
"If there is any benefit from the sad fact of terrorism that has plagued Israel's life for decades it is the possibility that other nations and other peoples might find something from the Israeli experience that can help them, as terrorism has become a world-wide scourge. Leonard Cole's book gives the fullest description of this process available today." —Mortimer B. Zuckerman, Editor-in-Chief, U.S. News & World Report

— Mortimer B. Zuckerman, Editor-in-Chief

The Jewish standard

"Leonard Cole wants to wake the world to what Israel has suffered—and learned—from terror attacks." —The Jewish standard, July 13, 2007

U.S. News & World Report - Mortimer B. Zuckerman

"If there is any benefit from the sad fact of terrorism that has plagued Israel's life for decades it is the possibility that other nations and other peoples might find something from the Israeli experience that can help them, as terrorism has become a world-wide scourge. Leonard Cole's book gives the fullest description of this process available today." —Mortimer B. Zuckerman, Editor-in-Chief, U.S. News & World Report

From the Publisher
"Most experts believe there will be new terrorist attacks in the United States. By looking at the Israeli experience, Dr. Cole makes an important contribution by asking what can be learned and are we prepared?" —Governor Thomas H. Kean

Ambassador Dennis Ross

"Leonard Cole offers a moving portrait of the way in which many Israelis cope with terror... The insights of individual Israelis who have suffered from terror and found a way to cope are nothing short of remarkable. Does the United States have much to learn from the Israeli experience? The answer—as Cole points out—is surely yes. But the great value of this book is what it tells us about not giving in to terror. Ultimatelyterror will be defeated when terrorists see that societies have found the means not to surrender their morale, or their humanity—and this book vividly demonstrates how Israelis have done that."" —Ambassador Dennis Ross, former American envoy to the Middle East and author of The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace

Brig. General (Res.) Nachman Shai

"Cole's book is a fascinating journey into modern terror." —Brig. General (Res.) Nachman Shai, former chief spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253000019
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
05/23/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
681 KB

What People are saying about this

Mortimer B. Zuckerman
"If there is any benefit from the sad fact of terrorism that has plagued Israel's life for decades it is the possibility that other nations and other peoples might find something from the Israeli experience that can help them... Leonard Cole's book gives the fullest description of this process available today."--(Mortimer B. Zuckerman, Editor-in-Chief, U.S. News & World Report)
Dennis Ross
"Leonard Cole offers a moving portrait of the way in which many Israelis cope with terror, on both a personal and institutional level. The insights of individual Israelis who have suffered from terror and found a way to cope are nothing short of remarkable. Does the United States have much to learn from the Israeli experience? The answer, as Cole points out, is surely yes. But the great value of this book is what it tells us about not giving in to terror. Ultimately, terror will be defeated when terrorists see that societies have found the means not to surrender their principles, their morale, or their humanity--and this book vividly demonstrates how Israelis have done that."--(Ambassador Dennis Ross)

Meet the Author

Leonard A. Cole is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Rutgers
University in Newark, New Jersey. He is an expert on bioterrorism and terror
medicine and author of seven books, most recently The Anthrax Letters: A Medical
Detective Story. He lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

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