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Al-Qaeda Goes to College: Impact of the War on Terror on American Higher Education Hardcover – April 30, 2009

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ISBN-13: 978-0313364280 ISBN-10: 0313364281 Edition: 1st

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"The book's research is excellent and it is full of detailed footnotes that others will undoubtedly find helpful. . . . This book not only presents well researched factual information, but it also contains legal analysis. . . . To my knowledge, this is the first book on how 9-11 has changed the world of higher education. This book will be available around April 30th and you can pre-order it now . . . You will be glad that you did.'



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"At its core, the book is optimistic and encourages American educational institutions to take advantage of a market now defined by globalization and increased competition."


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"Al-Qaeda Goes to College is a wide-ranging survey of the challenges and opportunities that confront higher education in post-9/11 America. While James Castagnera acknowledges the threats terrorists pose to campus security or how public reaction to such dangers can inhibit academic freedom, his perspective is essentially optimistic. The war on terror has opened new roles and funding sources for American colleges and universities in a market redefined by globalization and heightened competition. This is a book that should be read by academic administrators and professors who wish to see their institutions engage with the real world and its problems." (Gregory J. W. Urwin
Professor of History and Associate Director
Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (April 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313364281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313364280
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,324,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On Jan. 23, 2009, Adjunct Prof Blog announced that James Ottavio Castagnera, a well known lawyer and professor at Rider University, just wrote an exciting new book entitled "Al-Qaeda Goes To College." Professor Castagnera was kind enough to provide me with an advance copy and I could not put it down.
The book starts off by detailing how Professor Castagnera world began to change on 9-11. It then goes on to discuss the Anthrax scare that occurred at the Hamlton New Jersey Post Office, just a few miles a way from Rider University.
The book's research is excellent and it is full of detailed footnotes that others will undoubtedly find helpful. Professor Castagnera central thesis, however, is on the impact 9-11 had on higher education. He views 9-11 as a double edge sword. On the one hand universities lost their innocence at great cost (increased governmental regulations, security costs etc.), but on the other hand universities also got a windfall because now they offer more programs and research on national security. Professor Castagnera believes that American universities have met the challenge of 9-11 and we are better off because of it. He compares 9-11 to WWII and states that America became a super power because of WWII.
The book goes on and covers such topics as universities' roles in training counter-terrorism experts, particularly anthropologists working in Iraq and Afghanistan; bio-terrorism research on campuses; inflammatory critiques by the likes of Ward Churchill; the conspiracy theories advocated by some academics regarding 9/11; lawsuits against universities by terror victims trying to get settlements from countries like Iran by seizing archaeological artifacts in American universities; accused Islamists teaching at American colleges, like Sami al-Arian at USF.
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