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on 21 November 2008
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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on 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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on 6 February 2012
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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on 2 September 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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on 15 August 2016
This is an informative read once again politicians making the same old mistakes but also high lights the short comings in our secrity forces all in all a recomended read.
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on 6 March 2015
as starred brilliant academic book
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on 2 May 2015
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on 27 December 2015
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on 5 May 2016
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