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Terrorism: How to Respond [Paperback]

Richard English
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15 Sep 2010
Richard English argues here that the post-9/11 War on Terror has spectacularly failed and that we now need a radically new approach to dealing with international terrorism. Recent policies have ignored the lessons of the past, and Terrorism: How to Respond seeks to remedy this lack of vision by looking at the long history of terrorism and assessing why such violence emerges, how it is sustained, and-most crucially of all-how and why it ends. Written by an historian who has long studied Irish terrorism and politics, this book argues that we cannot adequately respond to the practical challenge of terrorist violence around the world unless we are more honest about the precise nature of the phenomenon, and about explaining its true and complex causes. Drawing on first-hand research into terrorist organizations, Richard English offers an authoritative and accessible analysis of arguably the most urgent political problem of the twenty-first century-and how we can successfully respond to it.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (15 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199590036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199590032
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review from previous edition If you want to read one book which explains the phenomenon of terrorism, gives you a good historical grasp of the subject whilst also providing a dispassionate roadmap to guide you through the term's complex meanderings and many intellectual cul-de-sacs, then this is the book for you. It is outstanding: short and beautifully written, it also manages to be thoroughly on top of its subject..' Conor Gearty, Irish Times Thoughtful scholarship lies at the heart of this fine analysis of terrorism as both a military and a political problem. Michael Burleigh, Literary Review If you want to read one book which explains the phenomenon of terrorism...then this is the book for you. Conor Gearty, Irish Times It is outstanding: short and beautifully written, it manages also to be thoroughly on top of its subject. Conor Gearty, Irish Times A short, common-sense primer to understanding terrorists and their limitations. Max Hastings, Sunday Times Recommended. Choice

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"If you want to read one book which explains the phenomenon of terrorism...then this is the book for you." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 22 Jun 2014
By HM
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Richard English`s Book is a great work on the terrorism and counterterrorism subject.

It is a reference work for students and academics who work on the area.

Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confusion and Interest 30 Sep 2013
By Tortuga
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The author certainly has a very good 'take' on terrorism. The book gives a very important perspective of the causes of terrorism and uses Northern Ireland as a good example. The confusion bit involves not the author but the book itself: the page numbers jump from 82 back to 35. Page 83 can be found after the second page 82. There is a list of plates in the front of the book but alas no pictures in the book. I would have enjoyed the pictures for the sake of nostalgia and wonder if the content has been mixed up during construction of the book. It is a pity but I shall live in hope of finding a correctly assembled copy eventually.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 4 July 2013
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I bought this is preparation for a PhD proposal and it proved to be invaluable. Prof Richard English is the terrorism scholar's scholar. An excellent book - a great price and worth everypenny.
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