Understanding Terrorism: Threats in an Uncertain World / Edition 1

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This reader serves as a useful tool in examining the events of 9/11/2001; it provides comprehensive coverage of this date's significance from a number of perspectives and offers in-depth, provocative essays examining subjects ranging from the history of Islam to the future of terrorism. Introductory paragraphs for each article and the book's introduction offer a framework for the varied chapters; readers will learn about economic incentives, comtemporary politics of the Middle East, and historical precedents for the use of terrorism at the dawning of the 21st century. For foreign affairs officers, intelligence analysts, foreign service officers, economic affairs officers, and political affairs officers. Also useful for book clubs and reading groups, as this collection of essays spawns exciting material for discussion and understanding.

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Editorial Reviews

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"There have been a few 'rushed' publications that have attempted to jump on the 'terrorism bandwagon,' but few have been able to address the issue in the contemporary and comprehensive fashion that these editors have proposed." — James Albrecht, Sam Houston State University

"The writing is elegant, meaningful, and provides a level of insight for decision makers who must assist us in living in a world where terrorism is reality." — Tom Phelps, California State University - Sacramento

"The editors' selection of the topic areas are very pertinent and appropriate for both the current interest in the topic itself and the intellectual value of studying and analyzing the events leading up to and after 9/11." — John Walsh, Vanderbilt University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131120983
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


1. International Terrorism: Historical Context.

Islam and the West, Jess Hollenback. Terrorism: It's Origin and History, John Weinzierl.

2. Understanding the Motives and Behavior of Terrorists.

Networks of Hate, Tim Kullman, Jim Rodgers. Terrorism, True Believers, and the Attack on Globalization, Sheldon Smith. Economic Implications of Terrorism, Akorlie A. Nyatepe-Coo. Inside the Mind of a Suicide Bomber: Santosh Sivan's The Terrorist, Lalita Pandit. A Philosopher Looks at Terrorism: Evil, Religion, and World Ethics, Eric Kraemer.

3. Institutional and Behavioral Responses to Terrorist Attacks.

Media Portrayals of September 11, 2001 and Beyond, Mary M. Step, Ronda L. Knox. Psychological Responses to the Terrorist Attacks, Carmen R. Wilson Van Voorhis. Hate Crime as a Reaction to the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, Kimberly A. Vogt. The Impact of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks on Civil Liberties, Patricia A. Brady.

4. Emerging Trends in International Terrorism.

Technology and the Transformation of Terrorism, Jeff Hollenback. Cyberterrorism: A New Reality in the Information Age, Karin A. Best and Kuang-Wei Wen. Bioterrorism: Should I Be Worried?, William Schwan.

5. Conclusion.

Terrorism in the 21st Century, H. Matthew Loayza.

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