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on September 28, 2002
If you are looking for the answers to some of today's big questions, you will find them in Life After Terrorism. You will also find the details of how to enjoy a safer and less-worried life in post-9/11 America. For example, do you have a boogie bag ready to go? If not, Bruce Clayton will persuade you why you need one and what to put in it.
As an author and an editor I found this book to be an absolute joy to read. Several possible scenarios, the problems they present, and their solutions are laid out logically and clearly. I found myself checking my lifestyle to see how it compares with Dr. Clayton's suggestions for having a safer life after terrorism. His humor keeps the pages turning without letting you lose sight of the fact that the book is to be used as a tool to ensure your survival-in as much as anything can.
After reading the book, my only question was: Why can't we have someone like Bruce Clayton running our country?
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on September 23, 2002
This book is packed with practical and relevant information. The style is friendly and approachable, not pedantic nor academic. It's like listening to a trusted, knowledgeable friend telling you what you need to know.
- If you're worried about terrorism close to home, read this book.
- If you want to understand what motivates terrorists and how they think, read this book.
- If you want to learn about terrorist weapons and tactics, read this book.
- If the things you don't know about terrorism concern you as much as the things you do know, read this book.
Most of all, if you want practical advice on how to protect your loved ones and yourself against potential terrorism in today's new world, read and heed this book.
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on April 14, 2004
For those unfamiliar with Dr Clayton's research, this book is a companion to his previous work, Life After Doomsday. Both volumes are essential reference for anyone seeking the myriad and potentially catastrophic scenarios, both manmade and natural, facing modern civilization. In Life After Terrorism, Clayton presents a realistic if frightening view of the global threat posed by a multitude of terrorist acts. His in-depth discussion of exposure to various biowarfare agents is especially chilling. Following the common-sense suggestions in this book can increase your chances of survival in the event of a terrorist attack. Read it and be prepared!
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on July 30, 2002
Dr. Bruce Clayton manages to shove aside hysteria, hype, and inflammatory rhetoric, and instead shares well-researched, thoughtful advice about what YOU should be doing to protect yourself and your family in the ongoing war of terrorism being waged against America. (If you thought the attacks of 9/11 were the first shot in this war, you haven't been paying attention.) Clayton analyzes the terrorist's mindset and agenda - his aims, his resources, his tools, and his targets. Then, he looks at strategies for managing risk in an increasingly dangerous world, where a lack of imagination just may get you killed. Before 9/11, who would have imagined that two skyscrapers could be brought down by a handful of loonies armed with box cutters? There is some scary stuff in here that even Tom Clancy hasn't thought about. But it's presented with calm rationality and a dose of humor. You may devour this book in one or two sittings, but you'll be thinking about it (and hopefully doing something to protect yourself) for some time.
This isn't your stereotypical "survivalist" lunatic fringe stuff. The author is a noted survival authority, and he'll share with you what works, and what doesn't. If you're looking for what type of gas mask to buy, you've come to the wrong place. Instead, you'll find out how to assess your risk of being impacted by various threat scenarios, what preparations make sense against what types of attacks, and the limitations of each form of "protection". (Hint: A gas mask isn't much good unless the bad guys announce their intentions in advance, and maybe not even then.) This is a sobering read, one that will awaken you to the realities of 21st century ideological warfare - but also a comforting one in many ways. First, you may find that you have far less to fear from terrorism than you think. We don't all live or work at a potential Ground Zero. Most importantly, though, you'll be armed with expert, well-reasoned advice for assessing, avoiding, and responding to a plethora of increasingly likely threats. Even if you are never a target of a terrorist attack, the strategies in this book will serve you well in the event of a natural disaster or outbreak. It's an instruction manual for taking charge of your family's security.
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on July 26, 2002
An informative book on a subject suddenly close to all of our hearts. The first section and several others scattered throughout the book provide a remarkably insightful analysis of who engages in terrorism and why. Who terrorists target is discussed along with the future of terrorism. These sections contain a perspective you will not get from the news media, but which is not slanted toward a specific political ideology.
The book also goes through the various possible terrorist techniques (anthrax, sarin gas, suitcase nukes, etc.) that most us have heard mentioned and explains them fully. Lots of B&W photos are included. This section contains detailed information about how likely it is the technique will actually be used, how damaging it will be and what will it do to the victims. Dr. Clayton does not sugarcoat, so some of the information is disturbing and at times gruesome, but it is very detailed and complete.
Drawing on his experience writing books embraced by survivalists during the 1980s, Dr. Clayton next includes information about how you can reduce your risk of being a victim of terrorism and how you can maximize your family's chances of surviving an attack. Lots of specific preparations that most of us can do are described.
If there are some things you would rather not know, or you are squeamish about details, this is probably not the book for you. But if you want to know detailed practical information about terrorists, their tools and what you can do to protect yourself and your family, this is the best book I know of to get that information.
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on April 9, 2003
After terrorism came to America in 2001, there has been much talk about future attacks. What kind of person or group would do such a thing? What is a likely target? What form will it take? How can I protect myself? This book, written by a county assistant Emergency Services Director (the person who is supposed to know about such things) attempts to answer some of those questions.

The culprit could be nearly anyone. It could be a person with a grudge against a federal agency. It could be a fundamentalist religious group (of any religion). It could be a home-grown radical group from either side of the political spectrum. For some, the object is to hit a target of symbolic value (like the World Trade Center), while, for others, the goal is to inflict the maximum number of casualties.
The author also looks at the various substances that might be used in an attack. Nerve agents like VX and sarin make it impossible for nerve cells to transmit nerve impulses. Vesicants like mustard gas burn the eyes and skin and produce horrible blisters. Corrosive gases like chlorine inflame the lungs and airways. Also considered are possible bioweapons like anthrax, plague, smallpox and ebola.
There is no such thing as 100 percent total protection in case of an attack. Gas masks do not provide their own air supply, they only filter outside air. Even the best air filters will not remove all toxic spores from the air; for some toxins, all it takes is one spore in the lungs. That doesn't include the toxins that are absorbed through the skin. But there are many things to do to reduce the risk during an attack. Those who work in a big-city skyscraper could consider looking for a job in the suburbs, preferably west of the city (winds generally blow from west to east). If you live near a possible target, and moving is not an option, plan and rehearse what to do if the evacuation order is announced. At minimum, have a bag of things (canned food, battery powered radio, prescription medicine, etc.) packed and ready to grab at a moment's notice. At maximum, have a second house, fully stocked and livable, out in the country. Use secondary roads for your escape route; count on highway gridlock.
Those who want any chance to survive a future attack of any kind would be very well advised to read this book. The writing is sober, clear-headed and free of hysterics.
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on August 4, 2002
absolutely excellent! practical advice, well-researched and thought-out, with light touches where appropriate. as readable as a novel, with a reader-friendly feel to it.
this book can not only save your skin, it will help you keep that skin as bruise-free as possible.
don't wait for the next terrorist attack - dr clayton's opinion is that they are very seldom publicized in advance, and that you can classify such disasters as fire, flood, volcanic eruptions, epidemics, domestic upheaval (and that doesn't JUST mean your spouse throwing things at you) as events equal to terrorist activities.
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on August 11, 2002
A spectacular exposition on terrorists, who they are, how they think, what they want....and not just the Middle Eastern type...all of them.
I believe the predictions at the end of the book are mandatory reading for all of America, before we slide into the same morass that Northern Ireland and Israel find themselves in daily.
Great book. Should be required reading for all Americans.
Buy this book!
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on August 5, 2002
My immediate reaction to this book was one of deep gratitude for the opportunity to read something so sensibly and logically put forth. For someone in my position (that is, little old lady living alone but no ninny) it was both frightening and comforting.

The best part of the book for me was the reasoning demonstrated in the author's discussion of terrorism itself, its causes and its adherents. Like most people on September 11th I was appalled, horrified and scared out of my wits by the thought that someone could contain so much hatred in his soul that he could kill thousands of people (including himself) with no compunction. After reading this book, I had a much better grasp on this kind of mentality and fanaticism.

My survival plan is simple. Lock all the doors and windows and hole up in my little home with several hundred books, flashlights, batteries, and lots of water...
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on August 27, 2007
From what I remember from reading Clayton's first book over 20 years ago I was disappointed this book does not talk about a clear 'enemy' like a nuclear detonation. That was what I was hoping for. The book says terrorism is a political tool used by ruthless people to build personal power. So America has (or at least the politcal leaders) have declared war on a political tool. Perhaps they should have read this book before going into Iraq in the name of a war on a political tool. The book is worth reading.
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