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

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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

DENNIS PISZKIEWICZ is the author of Wernher von Braun: The Man Who Sold the Moon (Praeger, 1998).

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Table of Contents

1 Skyjackers 1
2 Who Are the Terrorists? 9
3 Nationalists, Communists, and Insurgents 15
4 The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine 21
5 The Holy War 37
6 Reagan Takes On Terrorism 43
7 Muammar Qaddafi 61
8 Saddam Hussein 71
9 The Blind Sheikh and the Mastermind of Terror 83
10 America in Retreat 99
11 Osama bin Laden 107
12 Al Qaeda's War 113
13 The Past and the Future 127
Epilogue 137
App. 1 Major Terrorist Attacks on the United States and Its Interests, 1958-2001 141
App. 2 The FBI's Most-Wanted Terrorists (October 10, 2001) 145
App. 3 Foreign Terrorist Organizations 147
App. 4 Overview of State-Sponsored Terrorism 165
Notes 173
Selected Bibliography 191
Index 195
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