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Children's LiteratureWhile the tragedies linked to the dreadful events of 9/11 have brought terrorism to the forefront of global thought, such anarchistic actions have a long history. This title traces the history of terrorism while painting a picture of potential future approaches to this complicated issue. The author does an excellent job of detailing the history of such actions. As Harris notes in this well-written book, terrorism has a history as long as human beings have recorded their saga in print. One need only think back to the actions of the PLO, the Irish Republican Army, or the Weatherman Underground to find examples of terrorist organizations that functioned in the past few decades. Terrorism is a complicated concern: what is viewed as random savagery by victims may seem a just retribution to perpetrators. There are no simple answers to either responding to terrorism or acting in ways that will limit its probability. In the end, the greatest likelihood of lessening terrorism may well lie in decreasing the desperate state of so many of our fellow human beings, and thereby lowering the level of desperation that exists in the world. This essential question and the attendant history of terrorism make this a book that readers will find both fascinating and troubling. This illustrated book is part of the "21st Century Issues" series and stands out as one of the strongest contributions to the set. 2005, World Almanac Library, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck