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Terrorism: How the West Can Win Mass Market Paperback – April, 1987


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380703211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380703210
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Nigel M. Duckworth on September 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Netanyahu and the many contributors to this volume provide a detailed analysis of what terrorism is, it's causes, history and the proper response. Though I do not agree with everything in this book, it does provide one of the best analyses of terrorism available...and that's exactly why terrorist sympathizers don't want you to read it.

If the leaders of countries victimized by terrorism had implemented the measures advocated in this volume, terrorism would be doomed and the vicious attack on the US on Black Tuesday would never have happened.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a very reasoned and well constructed book about terror. In his Book Netanyahu shatters the myths that present terror has created and present to the reader the steps that would stop it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T.A.L. Dozer VINE VOICE on June 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dated BUT Relevant!

Benjamin Netanyahu's "Terrorism: How the West Can Win" is a dated but still relevant work. Originally written in 1986 it is amazing how much in this book has come to be. And how the U.S. eleven years into the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) still struggles with points discussed in this book. The final chapter, an essay by the author, whose brother was killed commanding the Entebbe raid, leading an elite Israeli strike force., has been often quoted and excerpted as perhaps the strongest public policy argument for a broad gauge use of stringent measures against terrorism, including economic blockade, denial of airline access, and use of military vs. police elements for selected counter-terrorism operations. Overall not to bad of a book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms barbara on February 10, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book when it first came out years ago. It made such a huge impression on me. Seems right on and I have always thought Netanyahu to be a stand up guy since then. Politics is messy but a read of this book will give you a lot of good info!
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on January 2, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I know that this edition was published on April Fool's Day, but terrorism is no joke. Terrorism is indeed, as Netanyahu says, "the deliberate and systematic murder, maiming, or menacing of the innocent to inspire fear for political ends."

Those who support terrorism tend to reply that actually, those who fight terrorism are the terrorists. And that the real question to ask is "what drives such good people to commit acts Netanyahu calls 'terrorism?'" And the most famous line, that one Man's terrorist is another Man's freedom fighter. Um, right. And one Woman's cat is another Woman's dog, I suppose! A better analogy might be that one person's policeman is another person's robber. Well, there is a difference between terrorists and those who oppose them. And it is counterproductive to give in to terrorist demands. That is what this book is about.

There are over three dozen contributors. George Shultz focuses on the need for better intelligence. I agree: that would have helped avert 9/11. Benzion Netanyhau points out that the PLO can't be freedom fighters, given that they fight for oppression rather than against it. Paul Johnson says we must have courage to deny hiding places to terrorists. Daniel Moynahan explains that there is a justification to go after terrorists internationally, given that terrorism opposes both freedom and human rights. Alain Bescancon shows how Russian terrorists in the 1870s obtained public support. Leszek Kowalski says that state-supported terror is simply war and ought to be treated as such. Jeane Kirkpatrick argues that terrorist victories lead to the establishment of totalitarian states.

There is a section on Islamic terrorism. Bernard Lewis tells us about the Assassins.
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