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Gaines, Ann.
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Philadelphia : Chelsea House, [1999]

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117 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Examines the history, mentality, goals, and acts of terrorists and discusses what a free society can do to protect itself against them.
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HV6431 .G24 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Terrorism examines the many faces of the worldwide phenomemon, revealing a range of practitioners motivated by political ideologies, by religious fanticism, by ethnic or cultural identity - sometimes even by money.'

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Gaines' neutral voice is a great asset as she gives shape to a surprisingly complex subject that is both scary and fascinating. By beginning with the dramatic circumstances surrounding the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, she draws readers into a densely packed, rapid-fire, informative presentation that examines several types of terrorism and the activities of terrorist organizations from around the world and throughout history. Names such as the Zealots, the Stern Gang, Black September, Aum Shin Rikyo, and the Order appear as she follows the havoc wrought by terrorists from the ancient Middle East to a Japanese subway to the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma. Her last chapter, which deals with combating terrorism, is particularly provocative, raising important questions about the impact of antiterrorist legislation and the larger problem of balancing the need for security with the underlying principles of a free society. A solid addition to the Crime, Justice, and Punishment series. Many black-and-white photos; further readings. --Stephanie Zvirin

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Not a new phenomenon but an increasingly deadly one is put in perspective. Pan Am's Flight 103 bomb explosion over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 provides a lead-off point to a discussion of modern terrorist activities. Twentieth-century actions of terrorist groups in the Middle East, Japan, South and Central America, and the United States are described without a surplus of graphic detail. The four general types of terrorist groups and their purposes form a basis for grasping the concept of using violence to achieve a goal. Varying levels of violence are practiced by different factions of the same group while sizes and sophistication of terrorist organizations also vary widely. These points reduce generalization about such groups and put to rest some commonly held misconceptions. In opposition to The Terrorists (HarperCollins, 1983) by Milton Meltzer, who believes terrorism to be a futile tactic, this book recognizes it as effective for some groups. An important examination of an escalating threat to peace and peace of mind.-Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



No American will ever forget the unspeakable acts of September 11, 2001. This book takes an in-depth look at terrorists, their history, mentality, and goals. It also raises questions about what a free society can do to protect itself. More than ever, understanding terrorism is a key component to educating our society. Excerpted from Terrorism by Ann Graham Gaines All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.