Inside Terrorism Paperback – 18 Mar 1999
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"Bruce Hoffman's book is the best work to summarize in a generally understandable and concise form all the significant facts about terrorism in the last decade. It is especially interesting regarding the strange relationship between terrorism and the media, and can be warmly recommended as an absolutely reliable guide." -- Walter Laqueur "Gripping -- and alarming." -- "The Economist" "If you have time to read only one book, this should be the one." -- "Atlanta Journal Constitution" "Bruce Hoffman's "Inside Terrorism" is still probably the best general treatment of terrorism." -- "Washington Post" "Hoffman's strength lies in the building up of case-studies in an historical context to illustrate the dimensions of this amorphous phenomenon." -- "International Affairs" "Writing with a wonderful clarity, Hoffman... identifies the characteristics that make terrorism the distinct phenomenon of political violence that it is." -- "London Financial Times" "The author has succeeded brilliantly. His predictions for the future are hardly comforting, but they should be heeded by all governments with an interest in world peace." -- "The Sunday Telegraph" "[An] impressive reconnaissance over the battlefields of the world.... A fascinating survey of the recent history of international terrorism and all its well-documented horrors." -- "Times Literary Supplement" "For its historical and political examination of terrorism, "Inside Terrorism" is a valuable work.... Falls into the category of 'must read, ' at least for anyone who wants to understand how we can respond to international acts of terror." -- Raymond Bonner, "New York Times Book Review" "A must read to all academics or practitioners who are dealing with the issue of terrorism." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Bruce Hoffman is a professor at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service and director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program. He is also a senior fellow at the U.S. Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center and a visiting professor of terrorism studies at St. Andrews University. Hoffman is the editor of the Columbia University Press series Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare, coeditor of The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's Death (Columbia, 2014), and author of Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947 (2015). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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on 9 June 2017
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A work of scholarship on a complex problem. My only reservation/disappointment is that the book stops short of the terrorism prevalent over the years 2007 to today.
on 9 May 2013
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This is an easy to read, well written analysis of all aspects of terrorism. Although wordy in parts - this book would not pass the plain English test - the fluidity and pace of the narrative and the diversity of topics covered mean this this book still provide a clear and comprehensive overview of terrorism. I have found it to be indispensable in further study of this area as it is reference by a number of other leading scholars in the field.
on 21 April 2001
I found this book very interesting, as, unlike most books on terrorism it looks beyond the hype and the headlines and the propaganda and looks at terrorism from a neutral academic perspective, thus revealing details on this phenomenon which are rarely touched upon. Throughout the book you can tell that Bruce Hoffman is a professional who knows what he's talking about, who understands terrorism like very few people do and wants to share this with you. The very fact that he describes terrorists as "normal people rather than the crazed wild-eyed individuals we're conditioned to expect" shows that this is a book that really should be read by anyone who wants to know whats really behind the terror. Excellent.
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Very complete book with very good and complete information
No stone unturned here, including a welcome assessment of what terrorism isn't. The historical roots of terrorism were a chilling discovery to me.