"Our political and media systems often seem paralyzed or even deranged by the prospect of terrorism. Very few people can talk rationally about the threat, the possible defenses, and what we gain and lose through increased security measures. John Mueller and Mark Stewart are notable exceptions. If you wonder whether airport security really makes sense, or how much is "enough" in protecting against attacks, consider the calm and convincing case they lay out in this book."--James Fallows, The Atlantic
"Just when you thought that nothing more could be said about the war on terror, John Mueller and Mark Stewart offer a brilliant new analysis and call to action, filled with insight, intelligence, and sharp writing. It's one of the rare books for which one can say that every politician and informed citizen should read it."--Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Better Angels of our Nature
"Terror, Security, and Money
is enlightening, hard-hitting, and packed with common sense. Mueller and Stewart's evenhanded analysis of homeland security's costs and benefits is essential reading for anyone concerned whether our massively expensive security regime is worth the price."--Bruce Schneier
"Overall, Mueller and Stewart have moved the ball forward quite a bit. Their assumptions are reasonable, their analysis cautions..." -- Political Science Quarterly
About the Author
John Mueller is Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, and Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University. He is the author of Atomic Obsession (O.U.P. 2009). Mark G. Stewart is Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability at the University of Newcastle in Australia.