Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues

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Understanding Terrorism, Fourth Edition, continues to offer a multidisciplinary, comprehensive exploration of contemporary terrorism that helps readers develop the knowledge and skills they need to critically assess terrorism in general and terrorist incidents in particular. The Fourth Edition presents new, updated theories, cases, and incidents as well as new photographs, updated tables, and enhanced graphics. Features and Benefits: Comprehensive Coverage: The book offers a broad multidisciplinary examination of contemporary terrorism that helps contextualize terrorism for students. Its thorough exploration of theory and history from a wide variety of perspectives ensures that readers develop a deep understanding of current state of terrorism. Accessible Style: The author explains theory and provides in-depth analysis in an accessible and engaging manner that helps readers to develop the knowledge and skills they need. Opening Viewpoints: At the beginning of each chapter these boxes present relevant examples of theories and themes that will be discussed in the following chapter u grabbing readersE attention and drawing them into the material that follows. Chapter in Perspective: Chapters incorporate focused presentations in special interest boxes that explore people, events, organizations, and movements that are relevant to the subject matter of each chapter.such as the Mumbai terrorist attacks and the narco-terrorist events in Mexico. Discussion Boxes: Each chapter concludes with discussion boxes that highlight controversial issues and pose challenging questions which stimulate critical thinking and debate. Comprehensive Tables: There is more explanatory material than in comparable books to help students understand the data and information presented in the tables. Wide-ranging Illustration Program: A variety of photos, charts, graphs and maps help students appreciate and understand the events and people covered in the book. Strong support package: More expansive t

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C. Augustus “Gus” Martin is a Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he regularly teaches a course on the subject of terrorism and extremism. His current research and professional interests are terrorism and extremism, homeland security, administration of justice, and juvenile justice. Dr. Martin has also served as Associate Vice President for Human Resources Management, Acting Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration and Public Policy, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs, and Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Public Policy. He began his academic career as a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, where he was an Administration of Justice professor. 

Dr. Martin is author of several books on the subjects of terrorism and homeland security, including Terrorism: An International Perspective (with Fynnwin Prager, SAGE, 2019); Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies, Fifth Edition (SAGE, 2018); Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues, Sixth Edition (SAGE, 2017); Understanding Homeland Security, Second Edition (SAGE, 2016); The SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Second Edition (SAGE, 2015); Terrorism and Homeland Security (SAGE, 2010); and The New Era of Terrorism: Selected Readings (SAGE, 2004). He is also author of Juvenile Justice: Process and Systems (SAGE, 2005). 

Prior to joining academia, Dr. Martin served as Managing Attorney for the Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh, where he was also director of a program created under a federal consent decree to desegregate public and assisted housing. He was also Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands on the island of St. Thomas. As Special Counsel, he occupied a personal and confidential position in the central office of the Department of Justice, sat as hearing officer for disciplinary hearings and departmental grievances, served as chair of the Drug Policy Committee, served as liaison to the intergovernmental Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee as well as to the Narcotics Strike Force, and provided daily legal and policy advice to the Attorney General. Prior to serving as Special Counsel, he was a “floor” Legislative Assistant to Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York. As Legislative Assistant, he researched, evaluated, and drafted legislation in areas of foreign policy, foreign aid, human rights, housing, education, social services, and poverty; drafted House floor statements, Congressional Record inserts, press releases, and news articles; and composed speeches, briefing materials, and legislative correspondence.

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