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The British War on Terror: Terrorism and Counterterrorism on the Home Front Since 9-11 [Hardcover]

Steve Hewitt
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12 Dec 2007 082649899X 978-0826498991
Since the attacks of 11 September 2001, the topic of terrorism has been almost continually front-page news in the United Kingdom. The subsequent 'war on terror', including the invasion of Iraq, has only heightened interest in the matter. With the London bombings of 7 July 2005, Britain became a frontline in international terrorism and counter-terrorism. This reality has only been heightened by failed attacks in London on 21 July 2005, and through a series of high profile arrests in Forest Hill, in Birmingham in connection to a beheading plot, the arrests of NHS staff in connection to failed attacks in London and Glasgow, and the attempted arrest of Jean Charles de Menezes, which had tragic consequences. In this illuminating and fascinating look at an often misunderstood world Steve Hewitt offers a balanced, measured, and informed examination of recent events and offers a historical and contemporary context to this new threat, and how we are dealing with it.

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. (12 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082649899X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826498991
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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'Steve Hewitt provides a concise and fluent examination of over a hundred years of experience of counter terrorism in the UK, showing how legal, political and intelligence strands of policy intersect. He demonstrates clearly the complexities both of understanding the terrorist threat and the difficulties in countering it and argues convincingly that, especially since 9/11, policy has been inadequate and inconsistent.' Peter Gill is Research Professor in Intelligence Studies at the University of Salford, UK.

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Dr Steve Hewitt is an expert on national security and intelligence and a lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He regularly appears on television and radio commenting on issues of terrorism and national security.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I finished reading this brilliant book in 2 days. Too much of the literature on terrorism focuses on America. Hewitt constructs on excellent account of the British 'war on terror'. He correctly places terrorism in its historical context (the fight against Irish nationalism) whilst providing the reader with a clear account of what was happening behind the scenes pre 9/11.

Hewitt wipes away the cobwebs of the biased media discourse and shows how foreign policy has motivated terrorists, whilst criticising the Blair government for having pandered to public opinion, rather than get to grips with the long-term structural forces that have given rise to terrorism in this country and must be rectified to reduce the threat. This is what is known as 'hearts and mind', a concept the author hits upon as the way forward in gaining valuable human intelligence, which has a central place in the arsenal of counter-terrorism responses.

All in all a very good read that is highly recommened to both the student and to anyone interested in knowing the non-tabloid story of terrorism in this country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on the subject 29 July 2009
Out of the many book's I have read on the subject of militant Islam and state responses, this is possibly the best one. The author provides an excellent historical account of terrorism in Britain and thoroughly explains the current threat without using academic jargon that loses the reader in a sea of complex terms and concepts. Hewitt's book is a `must read' for any person wanting to comprehend the `true' nature of the militant Islamism, a threat that is extremely misrepresented by the press and politicians, respectively.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To the point... 2 Sep 2009
If you are interested in any way in the subject this book concentrates on; then buy it. An excellent, no nonsense read that fascinated me. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The British War onTerror 6 Feb 2012
By Natalie
I did enjoy this book, however I felt there was quite a bit of repetition.

A good starter book for someone wishing to find out more on terrorism in the UK, however for someone looking for a more in-depth study, I would not reccommend this particular book.
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