ISBN-10:
0253349184
ISBN-13:
9780253349187
Pub. Date:
05/23/2007
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Terror: How Israel Has Coped and What America Can Learn

Terror: How Israel Has Coped and What America Can Learn

by Leonard A. ColeLeonard A. Cole

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Overview

No country has experienced more acts of terrorism over a prolonged period than Israel. The frequency of attacks has propelled Israel toward innovative methods to address the threat. Indeed, treating so many victims of physical and psychological trauma has given rise to the new field of terror medicine.

In a gripping narrative, terrorist expert Leonard A. Cole describes how different segments of Israeli society have coped with terrorism—survivors of attacks, families of victims, emergency responders, doctors and nurses, and, in the end, the general population. He also interviews Palestinians, including imprisoned handlers of suicide bombers, who endorse or deplore suicide bombings. He concludes that the Israeli experience with preparedness and coping offers valuable lessons for the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253349187
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 05/23/2007
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Leonard A. Cole is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He is an expert on bioterrorism and terror medicine and author of seven books, most recently The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story. He lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Contents
Prologue
1. Terror
2. Zaka
3. Buses
4. Survivors
5. Families
6. Doctors and Nurses
7. Terror, Medicine, and Security
8. American Rehearsal
9. Teaching from Experience
10. Trauma: 9/11 and the Intifada
11. Palestinians
12. Challenges and Lessons
13. Beyond Terror
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

What People are Saying About This

former chief spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces - Brig. General (Res.) Nachman Shai

Cole's book is a fascinating journey into modern terror.

Ambassador Dennis Ross]]>

Leonard Cole offers a moving portrait of the way in which many Israelis cope with terror . . . The insights of individual Israelis who have suffered from terror and found a way to cope are nothing short of remarkable. Does the United States have much to learn from the Israeli experience? The answer—as Cole points out—is surely yes. But the great value of this book is what it tells us about not giving in to terror. Ultimatelyterror will be defeated when terrorists see that societies have found the means not to surrender their morale, or their humanity—and this book vividly demonstrates how Israelis have done that."

Ambassador Dennis Ross

Leonard Cole offers a moving portrait of the way in which many Israelis cope with terror . . . The insights of individual Israelis who have suffered from terror and found a way to cope are nothing short of remarkable. Does the United States have much to learn from the Israeli experience? The answer—as Cole points out—is surely yes. But the great value of this book is what it tells us about not giving in to terror. Ultimatelyterror will be defeated when terrorists see that societies have found the means not to surrender their morale, or their humanity—and this book vividly demonstrates how Israelis have done that."

Senator Susan Collins

While the fight against terrorism within our borders is relatively new in the United States, Israelis have lived with this threat for decades. It only makes sense that the United States capitalizes on Israel's extensive expertise in this area. Leonard Cole has thoroughly investigated Israel's experience with terrorism and paints a compelling picture of what has worked and not worked. The lessons from this book could save lives in the event of another attack on the United States.

Governor Thomas H. Kean

Most experts believe there will be new terrorist attacks in the United States. By looking at the Israeli experience, Dr. Cole makes an important contribution by asking what can be learned and are we prepared?

Dennis Ross

Leonard Cole offers a moving portrait of the way in which many Israelis cope with terror, on both a personal and institutional level. The insights of individual Israelis who have suffered from terror and found a way to cope are nothing short of remarkable. Does the United States have much to learn from the Israeli experience? The answer, as Cole points out, is surely yes. But the great value of this book is what it tells us about not giving in to terror. Ultimately, terror will be defeated when terrorists see that societies have found the means not to surrender their principles, their morale, or their humanity—and this book vividly demonstrates how Israelis have done that.

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