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Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues [Paperback]

C. (Clarence) Augustus (Gus) Martin
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12 May 2009 1412970598 978-1412970594 Third Edition
As in previous editions, Understanding Terrorism, Third Edition offers a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive exploration of contemporary terrorism that helps readers develop the knowledge and skills they need to critically assess terrorism in general and terrorist incidents in particular. The Third Edition offers new, updated theories and cases, offers a consolidated discussion of ideological terrorism, and new photographs, updated tables, enhanced graphics and a new two-color design.

Key Features:

- A "one-stop shop" for understanding terrorism, emphasizing contextual analysis and multiple perspectives

- New or expanded case studies and profiles, covering such topics as the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, women as terrorists, events in Zimbabwe, the Palestinian movement and other religious terrorism, the death of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Hezbollah, FARC (including the Betancourt operation), recent narco-terrorist events in Mexico, and terrorist profiles of Leila Khaled and Abu Nidal

- Includes "Opening Viewpoints" at the beginning of each chapter with relevant examples to introduce readers to the themes and theories in the discussion that follows

- Updated throughout with new Chapter Perspectives, Cases in Point, photos, literature references, recommended readings, web exercises, and recommended web pages

- Ends each chapter with "Discussion Boxes" that provide controversial information, along critical thinking questions to stimulate classroom discussions

- Outstanding Ancillaries, with an updated Student study site including study tools, links to online video resources, SAGE journal articles, and more. Click on 'Links and Resources' (top left hand corner) to see more.

Understanding Terrorism is a core resource for undergraduate students of terrorism.


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  • Paperback: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc; Third Edition edition (12 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412970598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412970594
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The updated Second Edition of Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues is an excellent purchase for both college-level reference holdings and for assigned reading for college-level courses on social issues. Added here is a new chapter on religious terrorism, reviews of new material on gender terrorism and criminal businesses, updates on pedagogy, and a format which includes test questions, amps from the book, and more on both a CD-ROM and an accompanying web site. Plenty of examples from events around the world pepper surveys which cover the politics, economics, and social foundations of international terrorist experiences.

(CALIFORNIA BOOKWATCH 2006-05-09)

"The best stand-alone text for university courses." (Maryann Batsakis 2006-10-12)

"Gus Martin's Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues is the best stand alone comprehensive textbook for university courses. Its 696 pages cover the spectrum of all issues involved in studying terrorism . . . Each chapter is organized pedagogically, with opposing viewpoints and issues for classroom discussion." (Dr. Joshua Sinai 2007-04-12)

"Understanding Terrorism sets the standard as a textbook and baseline for anyone who desires to increase their real world knowledge of terrorism. It is an enlightening piece to a most difficult puzzle." (Major General Jack A. Davis 2007-04-16)

"Let me say that this book is one of the most comprehensive works on the matter that I have ever had the pleasure of reading." (Timothy N. Cash 2007-04-19)

"Gus Martin's Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues (Second Edition) is one of the finest stand-alone, comprehensive textbooks for university courses.  Each chapter is organized pedagogically, with opposing viewpoints and issues for classroom discussion." (Joshua Sinai ForeWord 2008-10-06) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

C. Augustus “Gus” Martin is Assistant Vice President for Faculty Affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he is also the former chair of the Department of Public Administration & Public Policy. He has served on the faculty of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, where he was an Administration of Justice professor. His research and professional interests are terrorism and extremism, juvenile justice, administration of justice, and fair housing. He has served as a panelist for university and community symposia and interviews on the subjects of administration of justice, terrorism, and fair housing. He has also been a consultant to government and private agencies. Prior to joining academia, he was a “floor” legislative assistant to Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York and Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, he served as managing attorney for the Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh, where he was also director of a program created under a federal consent decree to desegregate public and assisted housing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is an exceptionally well-constructed textbook, effectively combining surveys of both concepts and empirical trends, with numerous well-chosen case studies. It delves beneath the surface by an extensive section early on, highlighting the problems of, and debates around, definition. The various explanations that have been sought for the phenomenon are surveyed fairly briefly but well. Different types of 'terrorism' are then surveyed - including (contrary to many other volumes) state terrorism: this, after all, is what the term terrorism was originally reserved for (even if in more recent times it is states that have appropriated the use of the term to label any of their opponents that are prepared to use violence); the historical examples are well chosen. There are chapters also on 'the tools of the trade', on the role of the media, on terrorism in the US, and on the options for responding to terror. All this is set out in such a way as to be immediately useable in an introductory university course on the subject, with sections at the end of each chapter on 'key terms and concepts', recommended websites, further reading, a 'Discussion Box', and a web exercise. This may not be an original work of scholarship, but it does what it is intended for admirably, and in the process will probably also fill a few gaps here and there in the knowledge of many who thought they knew the subject. Its clear language and organisation mean it is also useful for the general reader, who will get a far more balanced understanding here than in the vast majority of 'terror' books on the market.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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To be honest, I was expecting much more out of this book. Rather than an in-depth analysis of the terrorist psyche, counterterrorist and anti-terrorist options, or the underlying problems behind the 'us against them' mentality that pervades, this book is simply a collection of case studies.
Martin gives us page after page of examples of terrorist acts throughout the 2nd half of the 20th century, and repeats basic facts ad nauseum.
The glossary, for example, includes entries for 'Adolf Hitler', 'Mass Communications' and 'Labelling'.
A good introductory book for those who know absolutely nothing about the subject matter, but somewhat useless for those interested in more than a mere scratching of the surface.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent purchase for both college-level reference holdings and for assigned reading for courses on social issues 21 May 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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The second updated edition of UNDERSTANDING TERRORISM: CHALLENGES, PERSPECTIVES, AND ISSUES is an excellent purchase for both college-level reference holdings and for assigned reading for college-level courses on social issues. Added here is a new chapter on religious terrorism, reviews of new material on gender terrorism and criminal businesses, updates on pedagogy, and a format which includes test questions, amps from the book, and more on both a CD-ROM and an accompanying web site. Plenty of examples from events around the world pepper surveys which cover the politics, economics, and social foundations of international terrorist experiences.

Diane C. Donovan, Editor

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection of Articles on Terrorism 13 Feb 2010
By R. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book for a college course. A good collection of articles on terrorism related stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!! 26 Oct 2009
By Erica Braun - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the exact one that my school, Colorado Technical University, is using and I bought it on here for about a 1/3 of the price the school wanted. I truly suggest looking for your school books on Amazon.com!
5.0 out of 5 stars For an interesting Career 24 Jan 2013
By Reys J. Cruz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was sent practically brand new. It is very detailed as far as the history of Terrorism is concerned and I am very glad it arrived here in such a short amount of time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Want Some Understanding of our World? 23 Jan 2013
By G.B.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives one great perspective about today's challenges with the chaotic state of our world and the trite overuse of the word Terrorism. It delves into the various kinds of amoral activity currently called Terrorism and reaches out to the reader to become aware of how day to day conversations can make a difference. Mr. Martin defines several types of criminal Terrorist behavior and helps the reader take a more balanced view of those events currently called "terrorist acts". If you really want to get a handle on our world, this book will help.
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