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Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat Hardcover – February 19, 2013
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"[An] unsettling look into how the current political and technological landscape has radicalized and empowered dangerous individuals. ...Simon does a fine job separating unfounded fears from true threats." --Publishers Weekly
"Relying on a selective, but broad, gathering of case studies, Simon presents a lively and well-paced overview of a subject that is attracting increasing attention." --John Mueller, PhD, Ohio State University, coauthor of Terror, Security, and Money
"Lone Wolf Terrorism is a wake-up call to those who view terrorism solely as a threat that comes from large groups acting through well-organized networks. This mistaken view often leads to the conclusion that fighting terrorism is like waging a war with large military units. Instead it is often more akin to a police action fighting the mafia or looking to catch an individual criminal. Understanding the threat from lone wolf terrorists greatly improves our ability to combat the threat that confronts us." --David L. Boren, former US senator, longest serving chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, and current president of the University of Oklahoma
"This book is a must-read for anybody who wants to understand one of the foremost threats of our time. The narrative has elements of a mystery while providing insights into the nature of terrorism and ways to combat it. Jeffrey Simon has done a terrific service to academicians, policy makers, and the general public in this coherent and clear presentation about this important aspect of terrorism." --Richard Sandor, PhD, chairman and CEO of Environmental Financial Products, and author of Good Derivatives: A Story of Financial and Environmental Innovation
"Jeffrey D. Simon has provided a most lucid, concise, revealing, and fascinating analysis of the lone wolf—an intermittent feature of modern terror since the 1880s. Simon, a well-known, serious, and respected scholar of terrorism, examines the various purposes lone wolves serve and the reasons they have become so difficult to deal with. In addition, he develops an interesting and useful strategy to cope with them. Everyone interested in terrorism will recognize the importance of this classic study." --David Rapoport, founder and coeditor of the Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence and author of The Four Waves of Modern Terror: An Essay in Generations
"Lone Wolf Terrorism fills a niche in terrorism studies with a comprehensive work that has been needed for a long time. Jeffrey Simon points out that to wreak havoc the modern day lone wolf no longer has to fire a gun or build a bomb... Mr. Simon's Lone Wolf Terrorism will rightfully find a place on the shelf of every terrorism researcher." --New York Journal of Books
About the Author
JEFFREY D. SIMON (Santa Monica, CA), is president of Political Risk Assessment Company, Inc., and a visiting lecturer at UCLA. A former RAND Corporation analyst, he is the author of The Terrorist Trap: America's Experience with Terrorism, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. His writings on terrorism have appeared in many publications, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times. Dr. Simon is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence.
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But Simon didn't even try.
Mr. Simon examines in some detail several examples of the 5 kinds of lone wolf terrorist (criminal, psychological, religious, political, social). He discussions motivation, technics (with a forward look to the fifth wave of terrorism - cyberterrorism) psychology, technology, differences between the group terrorist and the long terrorist, male vs female ratio, lessons learned from the study, and definitions of terrorism, all with authority.
The Table of Contents shows the breadth of this review:
Chapter 1. The Growing Threat of Lone Wolf Terrorism
Chapter 2. Who are the Lone Wolves?
Chapter 3. Why Lone Wolves are so dangerous?
Chapter 4. Where are the Women?
Chapter 5. Lone Wolf Assassins
Chapter 6. Strategies for dealing with Lone Wolf Terrorism
Chapter 7. Uncovering the Lessons Learned
Chapter 8. A look toward the Future.
Appendix: Defining Lone Wolf Terrorism.
Chapter 6 is especially interesting in a look at the data mining analysis being done that could possibly identify terrorists and especially lone wolf terrorists before they strike. This Chapter was obviously written before the NSA leaks, and before the Bosto Marathon Bombing, but throws light on both topics.
This is not a scholarly, indepth study, but a good review for the interested individual of the history, definition, psychology, and detection techniques in regard to the lone wolf terrorist. I would highly recommend this book for the individual with an interest in learning more about terrorism. The technical details and operational details of the terrorists described are far more available on the internet than in this book, so this is not a "how to" for individuals so inclined, but a summary for the lay person. I have not seen discussions of the aftermaths of the terrorist and assassinations this well done elsewhere.