Inside Terrorism Paperback
Part of the Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare series
Bruce Hoffman's Inside Terrorism has remained a seminal work for understanding the historical evolution of terrorism and the terrorist mindset.
In this revised edition of the classic text, Hoffman analyzes the new adversaries, motivations, and tactics of global terrorism that have emerged in recent years, focusing specifically on how al Qaeda has changed since 9/11; the reasons behind its resiliency, resonance, and longevity; and its successful use of the Internet and videotapes to build public support and gain new recruits.
Hoffman broadens the discussion by evaluating the potential repercussions of the Iraqi insurgency, the use of suicide bombers, terrorist exploitation of new communications media, and the likelihood of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear terrorist strike. Closer to home, Hoffman reconsiders the Timothy McVeigh case and the threats posed by American Christian white supremacists and abortion opponents as well as those posed by militant environmentalists and animal rights activists.
He argues that the attacks on the World Trade Center fundamentally transformed the West's view of the terrorist threat. More relevant and necessary than ever, Inside Terrorism continues to be the definitive work on the history and future of global terrorism.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 456 pages, 24 halftones
- Publisher: Columbia University Press
- Publication Date: 09/05/2006
- Category: Terrorism, armed struggle
- ISBN: 9780231126991
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Review by mvbdlr
This is another book assigned to my Global Terrorism class. This book is very good. Hoffman goes into the history of terrorism and mentions little-known groups such as Narodnaya Volya, which makes it a gem. It doesn't stop at the status quo groups of modern terrorism, either, discussing early Israeli terrorism which assisted in the formation of the country and also a great discussion on White Supremacist groups as well. There are also discussions on the use of media by terrorist groups, which is exquisitely interesting. Later on in the book it gets boring because the author goes into the "future" of terrorism and begins to sound like a modern-day journalist, only keeping the great vocabulary found throughout the book, and only that makes it worth finishing.