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4.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting think pieces on policy issues post 11 Sep, 5 Jan 2002
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This review is from: How Did This Happen?: Terrorism and the New War (PublicAffairs reports) (Paperback)
This book is a collection of think pieces in the form of essays covering a whole raft of policy issues raised by the 11 September attacks on the Twin Towers and Pentagon. It has been put together by the editing team from the prestigious Foreign Affairs magazine, and the essay writers are mainly well known contributors to that publication. The essayists vary from academics such as Karen Armstrong and Walter Laqueur, to diplomats, politicians, journalists and editors (some of the better contributions), and the former military man (Wesley Clark who as SACEUR ran the Kosovo bombing campaign).
This book was put together at fairly short notice, and unfortunately this is reflected in the variable quality of the essays, and the particular hobby horses put forward by the writers. It is also written very much from the American perspective. Some pieces work well, others less so. However, there is a good spread of ideas on policy issues ranging from the military and diplomatic to what the US needs to do with the public health system to get work done effectively on the bioterrorist menace.
This book will appeal more to the specialist working in this area, and in particular to policy makers and politicians, though there is also enough to attract any general reader interested in the impact of the 11 September attacks.
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