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Illuminating the Dark Arts of War: Terrorism, Sabotage, and Subversion in Homeland Security and the New Conflict Paperback – March 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1441170699 ISBN-10: 1441170693 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441170693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441170699
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an important book for both students and practitioners of national security. In his analysis of a range of threats to the modern state, Tucker demonstrates that these threats are not new and that our collective security is best served by each individual's continued adherence to and defence of those core values that define western liberal democracy." --Richard Thompson, Counter Terrorism expert, UK

"For three decades, David Tucker's work has been unfailingly intriguing and challenging to the conventional wisdoms. His new account of sabotage and its dangers to the U.S. will fascinate." --Chris Harmon, MajGen Matthew C. Horner Chair of Military Theory, Marine Corps University

About the Author

David Tucker is Associate Professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and an Adjunct Fellow at the Ashbrook Center, Ashland, Ohio.  He has served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict as the Deputy Director for Special Operations and as a Foreign Service Officer in Africa and Europe.  He is the author of many books and articles.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Schramm on March 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book makes an important argument that deserves wide discussion. The opening chapter shows that every threat to American security has led to an increase in governmental power. Is there an alternative approach? The book argues there is. It shows the inherent limits to terrorism, sabotage and subversion and argues for a correspondingly limited response by government. It takes this argument further by contending that since the "dark arts" it discusses are used by those who hide among the people, the people and not the government are the best way to uncover and neutralize them. The conclusion discusses ways this could be done. Overall, the book argues that the decentralization of power, not its increase and concentration in the Federal government is the best way to make America resilient and more secure. The book also makes a useful comparison between the threat of communist subversion in the 1930s and 1940s and the supposed threat of religious subversion (Christian and Muslim) today.
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