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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book represents the author's successful attempt to assess the psychological origins and ultimately the consequences that result from terrorism. It is written in a nonbiased, nonjudgmental way and examines various perspectives of terrorists.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach to the examination of terrorism. It is through this examination that the reader is given a comprehensive awareness and understanding of the complexity of terrorism. In light of the present state of affairs, this book exceeds the authors' objectives.
Audience: What truly stands out about this book is that it is highly readable, not only for seasoned psychologists, academics, and researchers, but also for undergraduate students and the general public. The chapters are written by notable experts in the field whose credibility is without question.
Features: This book examines opposing viewpoints on what terrorism is and argues that the rationale given by terrorists for their acts is not in retaliation to a supposed injustice but is much more complex. The acts themselves have psychological meanings, and current explanations and definitions of terrorism are explored in detail. What is also noteworthy is the author's frank and objective examination of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel. Much attention is given to the cultural differences, counterterrorism, and the quest for peace. The chapter on psychology's response to terrorism is quite moving and a must-read.
Assessment: This book easily can stand alone as both a primer and as additional reading on terrorism. It truly is a scholarly work deserving the designation as the definitive source for understanding terrorism.