Terrorist Attacks on American Soil: From the Civil War Era to the Present

Terrorist Attacks on American Soil: From the Civil War Era to the Present

by J. Michael Martinez
     
 

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Terrorist Attacks on American Soil is a close look at some of the most horrific terrorist attacks in the United States from the Civil War to present day. J. Michael Martinez takes us on a trek through history, providing a context for these dreadful events and a greater understanding of the lessons we can learn from them.
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Terrorist Attacks on American Soil is a close look at some of the most horrific terrorist attacks in the United States from the Civil War to present day. J. Michael Martinez takes us on a trek through history, providing a context for these dreadful events and a greater understanding of the lessons we can learn from them.

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Martinez (Kennesaw State Univ.) has produced a pithy, highly readable analysis of selected terrorist attacks in the US since the Civil War era. The author notes that he does not intend his book to be an exhaustive history of terrorism, but rather a representative sampling of some of the major incidents of the last 150 years. His stated purpose is to examine some of the common characteristics found in these past terrorist attacks in order not only to better understand them, but also to draw useful lessons for modern students of terrorism. Each chapter examines a particular incident and then provides some analysis as to whether or not the incident even qualifies as terrorism, based on selected criteria. While Martinez acknowledges that there is no magic formula to identify terrorism, he does provide a very useful conceptual framework for studying the phenomenon and its impact on US history. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates, upper-division undergraduates.
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The United States has suffered a number of violent attacks on its own soil. Martinez (Coming for To Carry Me Home) surveys 12 of them: three in the 19th century (e.g., the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre); five in the "Modern Era" (e.g., the Ku Klux Klan's 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963); and four examples of "Postmodern Terror" (e.g., the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11). He examines each attack to determine whether it qualifies as a "terrorist act." The choice of the Mormon destruction of a wagon train in 1857 at Mountain Meadows makes an odd start—Martinez concludes that it was not terrorism. He covers the social circumstances surrounding each attack in order to describe the motivations and origins of the perpetrators. In the cases of individual actors such as Ted Kazinsky, the Unibomber, this is effective; when touching upon the Weathermen or the Klan the context is less clearly delineated. Martinez's conclusion, hardly a surprise, is that throughout history disaffected people have resorted to terrorism to spread or emphasize their causes. VERDICT For lay readers or underclassmen, this work, which lacks groundbreaking insights, might be a good choice.—Edwin Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS

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ISBN-13:
9781442203235
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/25/2012
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

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