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Bruce Hoffman, the director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, has written a clear summary of some of the major historical trends in international terrorism. He makes careful distinctions between the motivations that drive political (or ethno-nationalist) terrorism and religious terrorism, and he also shows why the rise of religious terrorism, coupled with the increased availability of weapons of mass destruction, may foretell an era of even greater violence. In the past, Hoffman argues, the main goal of the terrorist was not to kill, but to attract media attention to his cause in the hope of initiating reform. "For the religious terrorist," however, "violence is first and foremost a sacramental act or divine duty executed in direct response to some theological demand or imperative ... religious terrorists see themselves not as components of a system worth preserving but as 'outsiders,' seeking fundamental changes in the existing order." Hoffman does not "choose sides" in this framework, pointing to the bombings of the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City and to the sarin nerve gas attacks in Tokyo in order to demonstrate that fundamentalists of any religious denomination are capable of extreme acts of terrorism. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
For its historical and political examination of terrorism, Inside Terrorism is a valuable work.... It falls into the category of 'must read' at least for anyone who wants to understand how we can respond to international acts of terror.(Raymond Bonner New York Times Book Review)
A revised and expanded edition of the RAND scholar's classic work.(Atlantic Monthly)
Hoffman's more rigorous appraisal, ought to be required reading as the rhetoric mounts this campaign season.(Aziz Huq American Prospect)
A must read to all academics or practitioners who are dealing with the issue of terrorism.(mindef.gov.sg)
Brilliant... The best one-volume introduction to the phenomenon.(The Washington Post)
Any collection strong in terrorist literature and military history will find Hoffman's analysis of ongoing importance.(Bookwatch 1900-01-00)
One of the best primers on the subject.(Washingtonian)
The most widely read book on terrorism [Its] comprehensiveness will greatly benefit its readers.(Joshua Sinai The Washington Times)
One of the Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International's 25 Top Books for Today's Bookshelf on Terrorism.(Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security International 1900-01-00)
I purchased this for a class but found it very useful and informative.Published 8 days ago by Paul Duit
This textbook is very difficult to read sometimes. It's like the author decided to use language that is intentionally wordy and confusing.Published 1 month ago by listenhere
Excellent condition. Well written historical perspective of the terrorism issue.Published 3 months ago by Gregory A. Posey
I bought this book for my online class but the class only covers 5 chapters. I found the book so informative, I had to have my own copy to read the rest.Published 3 months ago by Derek Csapos