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Prominent economist Krueger (economics & public policy, Princeton; coauthor with David Card, Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage) bases his work here on three lectures he gave at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2006. He explodes the myth of the poverty-stricken terrorist with "nothing to live for." Using raw data from government, academic, and think-tank sources and citing the work of other economists on poverty, race, terrorism, and hate crimes, Krueger explains in clear and accessible prose that the average terrorist suspect is highly educated, professionally employed, from a middle- or higher-class background, and, most important, from a country that suppresses civil liberties. Terrorist participants are more likely than the average person to vote; as terrorists, they are further expressing their political opinion in an inappropriate way. With these facts in mind, he suggests that the least helpful strategy is to further curtail civil liberties. Frustrated by the sloppy data-gathering practices of the Bush administration, Krueger challenges it to increase the quality of its terrorism data through more rigorous approaches and to analyze the evidence critically. Avoiding jargon whenever possible and defining it when unavoidable, Krueger excels in making his difficult subject easy to grasp without reducing its inherent complexity. The occasional pop culture reference (e.g., to the Daily Show) adds to the appeal. Highly recommended for both academic and public collections.