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5.0 out of 5 stars A textbook on Terrorism
The book is a thorough review of the differnet aspects of terrorism, and as such it fits as an undergraduate textbook on the subject. Combs reviews the history of terrorism, different types of terrorism, and how people and governmnets dealt with this phenomenon during the years.
The book is written is a clear and communicative style, and each chapter ends with...
Published on July 6, 2002 by Yehoram Gordon

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1.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors
There are too many factual errors in this book. Also, there is too much emphasis on events and groups that were relevant in the 1970's through the 1990's, but no longer are important.

Page 47: Timothy McVeigh was not a member of a militia in Michigan. The author also has him confused with Eric Rudolph whose mother involved him in the Christian Identity...
Published on May 3, 2012 by Chris


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A textbook on Terrorism, July 6, 2002
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The book is a thorough review of the differnet aspects of terrorism, and as such it fits as an undergraduate textbook on the subject. Combs reviews the history of terrorism, different types of terrorism, and how people and governmnets dealt with this phenomenon during the years.
The book is written is a clear and communicative style, and each chapter ends with several issues for indepth thinking and discussion.
The relatively small size of the book, the clarity and exhaustiveness of its coverage of terrorism make it attractive to a busy student who wishes to learn about terrorism but has very little time to spend on such study. I truely think the book merits 5 point especially compared to other material written on this subject these days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, February 6, 2006
I am a prior student of Cindy Combs and have studied terrorism for over 5 years. I own both a copy of the 3rd and 4th edidtions and can say without a doubt the book provides an excellent introduction to the study of terrorism. I have read reviews concerning the book and must say that the information is outdated, but it is meant as a guideline. The book is best used in conjunction with the Encyclopedia of Terrorism and the Terrorism Readers (aka governement reports on activity and News articles concerning recent actions).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors, May 3, 2012
This review is from: Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century (6th Edition) (Paperback)
There are too many factual errors in this book. Also, there is too much emphasis on events and groups that were relevant in the 1970's through the 1990's, but no longer are important.

Page 47: Timothy McVeigh was not a member of a militia in Michigan. The author also has him confused with Eric Rudolph whose mother involved him in the Christian Identity Movement. McVeigh parents divorced when he was 10 and McVeigh was raised by his father. Co-defendant Terry Nichols was alleged to have had a relationship with the Michigan Militia.

Page 55: The "doomed September 11 flights" were not engaged in trying to "talk down" the hijackers. The pilots were immediately set upon and killed with box cutters. There were no negotiations.

Page 59: "the emergence of terrorism needs three ingredients: a disaffected individual, and enabling group...." Lone Wolf terrorists do not need an enabling group.

Page 64:..."The characteristics that O'Ballance suggests of sophistication and education are less true of post-1970s terrorists than they were of terrorists prior top that time." This is not so when you factor that the internet has created a cadre of high tech, computer savvy terrorists with understanding of how to create and use WMDs.

Page 169: "In the hijacking of TWA 847...the captain of the plane was transmitting information to authorities on the ground. The hijackers killed the Captain. The press was free and the cost was the life of the pilot." The pilot was not killed during this event. Captain John Testrake died of cancer in 1996.

Page 189: "There are accounts, for example, suggesting that certain local British commanders in 1769 planned to give to the native Americans, as a peace offering blankets from a military hospital..." This happened in 1763 at Ft. Pitt.

Page 193: "Puerto Rican nationalists have been active for more than four decades...In addition to the Matcheteros...and Omega 7 operated in the United States." Omega 7 was an anti Castro group, not a Puerto Rican Nationalist group.

Page 193: "This ambivalence is compounded by the strategic importance placed on Puerto Rico by the U.S. military which continues to use portions of the territory for target practice..." No, Vieques Island was used for Navy bombing runs but closed in 2003 after Puerto Rican protests.

Page 200: "The Montana Freemen militia group received considerable attention after the Oklahoma City bombing attack by Timothy McVeigh, who had been a member of this group." Timothy McVeigh was not a member of the Montana Freemen.

There are more errors, but I grow tired.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do justice to its title., November 17, 2008
Cynthia Comb's book ought to have focussed much more on contemporary terrorism instead of those that prevailed in the 1970s and 1980s. While this book is useful to get an insight into the dynamics of terrorism, modern terrorism is qualitatively different in that it is far more organized with a global network. If one has to gain a theoretical understanding on the subject then the section on terrorism in my book, 'Tracing the Eagle's Orbit' could be worth trying.

Yet, Dr. Comb has written a very interesting and thought provoking book and that alone counts. This is more so, if one admits the size of the book in view of a rapidly proliferating topic.

Gautam Maitra
Author of 'Tracing the Eagle's Orbit: Illuminating Insights into Major US Foreign Policies Since Independence.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars A textbook on Terrorism, July 6, 2002
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The book is a thorough review of the differnet aspects of terrorism, and as such it fits as an undergraduate textbook on the subject. Combs reviews the history of terrorism, different types of terrorism, and how people and governmnets dealt with this phenomenon during the years.
The book is written is a clear and communicative style, and each chapter ends with several issues for indepth thinking and discussion.
The relatively small size of the book, the clarity and exhaustiveness of its coverage of terrorism make it attractive to a busy student who wishes to learn about terrorism but has very little time to spend on such study. I truely think the book merits 5 point especially compared to other material written on this subject these days.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Textbook, May 19, 2002
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I used this textbook for my POS 333, Dynamics of Terrorism class recently and found the book to be thought provoking. However, the latest edition, revised and published in 2000 still is very much out of date. The book reads as if it was written in the late 80s and never was updated except with one or two examples (some of which are wrong). There is very little discussion of the 90s, even though the first edition was published in 1997. I do believe Ms. Combs has some heaving revisiong to do on this text and should make the text more relevant to terrorism, as terrorism is relatively quick changing much like computer technology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrorism in the 21st Century, October 25, 2013
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Great Book, Very informative and up to date to current terrorist organizations. It's an also a very easily readable book and very understanding with out any confusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, June 3, 2013
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Combs is an excellent writer. I purchased this book for Masters level class I was taking. The class was titled Warfare and Terrorism. I found this book to be invaluable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and easy!, June 22, 2012
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This was simple and my first order. I love it and the order came so fast! Thanks for making this so simple.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Basic Textbook on Terrorism, September 19, 2008
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This is a good overall introduction to terrorism for those with no knowledge of the subject, and it is composed in an organized fashion without the use of complicated jargon. In short, it's a condensed textbook on terrorism, but not nearly in-depth enough to get into the nitty-gritty issues or trends.
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