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A Breath of Fresh Air: lucid and balanced.
on 7 March 2004
Far better than most full-length books and collections on the subject of terrorism, this at once thoughtful and accessible slim volume does precisely what anyone thirsting for a basic grip on the subject would hope to find: from questions of what bthe label 'terrorism' actually means, to an exploration of the various kinds of actions and programmes that have been described as 'terrorism', and the question of responses - including the issue of possible tensions between counter-terrorism and democracy. Townshend addresses all this in in a scrupulously balanced way, and in a language that avoids jargon but does not 'talk down'. For those left wanting to explore further, a very good annotated 'further reading' section concludes the book. In sum, like so many of these Oxford 'Very Short Introductions': excellent.
Dr Gerd Nonneman