Understanding Terrorism: Groups, Strategies, and Responses

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For courses in terrorism.

This comprehensive and completely up-to-date text provides a straightforward introduction to terrorism that helps students better understand this complex subject. The book identifies terrorist groups, reviews terrorist tactics, and examines police and government responses to reduce or eliminate the incidence of terrorism. Fully updated to include coverage of Al Qaeda, suicide bombers, specific threats posed by weapons of mass destruction, and the latest counter-terrorism strategies, Understanding Terrorism: Groups, Strategies and Responses 2e brings together the latest scholarship and coverage of the latest world events to bring you the most complete and most current introduction to terrorism book currently available.

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"The author engages the reader at a pace and level of complexity that encourages the natural curiosity of the reader. The material is fascinating and abhorrent . . . readers are encouraged to expand their understanding of the world through examination of the distorted thinking of the terrorist. The author defines the topics and approach for the reader quite well. I particularly like the manner in which the author discusses the moral equivalency arguments of various apologists for atrocious behaviors. Historical materials are presented in a readable and understandable format without overt emotionality." — John Mason, Upper Iowa University

"This is a very interesting and well-written book dealing with the strategies of various terrorist groups. In addition to material on well-known domestic groups, including the Klan . . . , the author- includes very interesting and often forgotten material on the Puerto Rican independence movement and the JDL. The author offers a very good discussion . . . by including many different groups, domestic, and international that realized the value of the media for spreading their message to the greatest possible audience." — Greg Warchol, Northern Michigan University

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This book is written for criminal justice and social science students, professionals in the criminal justice system, and any student wishing to gain more information on the phenomenon of "terrorism." It explores the various analytical approaches to the study of terrorism: identifying terrorist groups, reviewing terrorist tactics such as suicide bombings, and examining police and governmental responses to reduce or control the incidence of terrorism.

The greatest danger today comes from religiously inspired terrorist groups seeking the destruction of noncombatant targets using weapons of mass destruction.

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