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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press; 1 edition (September 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943875897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943875897
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pursue[s] the pathology of terrorism through the centuries... A fascinating amount of information.

(Washington Post)

A disquieting but fascinating book... Strongly recommended.

(British Journal of Psychiatry)

An honest and penetrating effort to explain the role of human psychology in terrorism.

(Canadian Journal of Political Science)

These essays contain an excellent blend of theory with specific facts and narrative accounts of dealing with terrorism. I don't know of another book which has the sweep of this one, the illustrative detail, and the welcome, refreshing recognition that there is no neat explanation for terrorism. This book will have a major impact on future research.

(David F. Musto, Yale School of Medicine)

Book Description

The contributions of distinguished historians and theorists of terrorism, as well as eminent behavioural scientists, are included in this encompassing study of terrorists' beliefs, actions, goals, world views and states of mind. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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69 of 80 people found the following review helpful By crimsci@hotmail.com on February 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book presents to its readers a clear foundation of the factors that lie behind the use of violence by groups, states, and/or individuals to gain their objectives.
The two primary articles in the book by Martha Crenshaw and Jerrold Post present two opposing views of the logic that lies behind political violent activity ("terrorists" activity). The case studies in the rest of the book support these two primary articles.
Any researcher in the field of political violence studies must have this book in their library.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Origins of Terrorism attempts to both be balanced and discuss the psychologies of terrorists. The chapter by Martha Crenshaw (I recommend reading her book on terrorism rather than just the chapter) presents the opposing view to the chapter by Post. While interesting, the psychology advanced is mostly the "crazy terrorist" psychology. I didn't get much out of the book, except for the first two chapters and chapter 10. Chapter 10, which discusses terrorist motivations, is incredibly useful. The rest of the book is average but unremarkable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Brown on November 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was written before the huge surge in interest in terrorism in the United States brought on by 9/11. Since so much has been written since 1998, to read this book alone would leave the reader a bit behind the times on the subject. Nevertheless, I would recommend anyone interested in the topic starting here.

The parts dealing with the psychology of terror are quite relevant - how do terrorists justify to themselves what they do and how can engaging in terrorist acts alter the views of those who commit them? How do the defenders of terrorism in the name of religion get around prohibitions on suicide? If ever there were a vivid description of rationalization, you'll find it in the account of the views of a Lebanese cleric that adapt to the level of enthusiasm of the public, the judgments of peers and the effectiveness of terror. Success can do much to muffle opposition just as in conventional warfare techniques that were formerly abhorred can find favor if they prove useful. Who would have thought the President of the United States would scarcely hide his approval of torture (while denying it, of course).

You'll find a good historical summary of the Weathermen in the United States, the Bader/Meinhof Gang in Germany and the IRA in Northern Ireland providing evidence of how terror acts on the population in general as well as those who plan and carry out the acts. Did terror do what it is hoped that it would do?

The book is not a difficult read but it is not a casual read either. You'll need to concentrate to follow the points of the several authors and keep their ideas in mind as you move from one to the next. If you do, you'll find broad coverage that approaches the subject from many angles and reaches back in time to the first century AD.

I'm keeping my copy as a good reference on the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Dee on January 18, 2012
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This is one of the few scholarly texts I have read that can be easily digested both by experienced students and by those with no exposure to the related concepts. Should be on the bookshelf of anyone remotely interested in foreign affairs. Combination of history with basic psychological underpinnings of terror campaigns makes for a comprehensive, but concise, text.
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This book is rich not just for the book itself, but for the contributors who analyzed the core reasons, and probable solutions to terrorism.
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