- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books (May 24, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560253991
- ISBN-13: 978-1560253990
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confronting Fear: A History of Terrorism
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This mistitled book is less a history than a compilation of writings on various forms of terrorism--political, religious, and "fringe," such as the Unabomber. Cronin, who has written eight books, including a study on American prison life, has an eye for drama in his selections. After a very short introduction (which is basically only a glossary), he begins with what he calls "prehistory," which takes us all the way back to the 1890s and the Greenwich Observatory Bombing of 1894, as well as the assassination of President McKinley. Much more to the point is an essay by Patrick Seale, which is based on his book Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire, which provides an inside look at a major terrorist group. This is a good volume to have at hand in today's uncertain world as a quick reference to various instant newsmakers who populate our "Breaking News" mindset. Allen Weakland
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It's a good introduction, mainly because it offers direct subject matter (there is a page from the Hamas website, for example). However, the book does not go into much analysis of current situations. I would recommend this book as a start, sort of a "Readers Digest" for studying terrorism.