Inside Terrorism

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Columbia University Press, 1998 - Political Science - 288 pages
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Are religious terrorist groups more likely than secular groups to use weapons of mass destruction? How do the media at once promote and combat terrorist attacks? How has terrorism evolved into a multimillion-dollar operation in the Middle East? Bruce Hoffman addresses these questions as he describes the changing face of terrorism, probing the new adversaries, new motivations, and new methods that have surfaced in recent years to challenge many of our most fundamental assumptions about terrorists and how they operate. Hoffman dissects terrorism past and present, charting its evolution and predicting where it might be headed in the next century. These fringe groups are built upon - and react to - a sense of isolation, and are more likely to use weapons of mass destruction than the nationalist terrorist groups with which we are familiar. Hoffman also considers the issue of media coverage and how it relates to political power. Although the media provide a platform for terrorist agendas, terrorists achieve their ultimate political goals by exploiting the media, and are often captured as a result of news reports - as in the Unabomber case. South Africa's African National Congress, which won sympathy for its plight and eventually obtained power in part through terrorist activities, is a rare exception to the rule.

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User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

This is a middle of the road (no sophistry from Chomsky and Hondrich to be found) book on terrorism. Preceding from a serviceable definition of terrorism that restricts it to non-state actors ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel Wearne - Goodreads

This book was very helpful in understanding the inner workings of terrorist groups and if they have been successful they have been. Read full review

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Bruce Hoffman is a professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University's Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service. He previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency and was director of the RAND Corporation's Washington, D.C. office. He is also Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York and Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, Washington, D.C.

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