Terrorism's War with America: A History / Edition 1

Terrorism's War with America: A History / Edition 1

by Dennis Piszkiewicz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275979520

ISBN-13: 9780275979522

Pub. Date: 11/30/2003

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

For most Americans, terrorism made the transformation from theoretical threat to frightening reality on September 11, 2001, yet America has been the target of terrorist acts for over four decades. Piszkiewicz recounts the changing political orientation of terrorists and highlights the challenge that faces America and the community of nations in putting terrorists

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For most Americans, terrorism made the transformation from theoretical threat to frightening reality on September 11, 2001, yet America has been the target of terrorist acts for over four decades. Piszkiewicz recounts the changing political orientation of terrorists and highlights the challenge that faces America and the community of nations in putting terrorists out of business without adopting their tactics.

Piszkiewicz tells the history of modern international terrorism from its beginning in 1958 with the Cuban hijacking of an airliner en route from Miami. He recounts the changing political orientation of the enemy, the growing viciousness of their attacks, and the blundering responses by the U.S. government: inaction, impotent verbal assaults, and ill-conceived acts of retaliation. This book highlights the challenge that faces America and the community of nations in putting terrorists out of business without adopting their tactics.

The assault began with the hijacking of airliners, but soon included the bombing of embassies, as well as attacks on military units and navy ships. Terrorism has evolved from a disorganized activity of individuals and small groups, through its adoption of political warfare by nationalists, insurgents, and the disenfranchised, to its current incarnation as a weapon of political change used by rogue states and radical religious movements.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275979522
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Skyjackers1
2Who Are the Terrorists?9
3Nationalists, Communists, and Insurgents15
4The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine21
5The Holy War37
6Reagan Takes On Terrorism43
7Muammar Qaddafi61
8Saddam Hussein71
9The Blind Sheikh and the Mastermind of Terror83
10America in Retreat99
11Osama bin Laden107
12Al Qaeda's War113
13The Past and the Future127
Epilogue137
App. 1Major Terrorist Attacks on the United States and Its Interests, 1958-2001141
App. 2The FBI's Most-Wanted Terrorists (October 10, 2001)145
App. 3Foreign Terrorist Organizations147
App. 4Overview of State-Sponsored Terrorism165
Notes173
Selected Bibliography191
Index195

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