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Henderson, Harry.
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New York : Facts on File, [2001]

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300 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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This text is an examination of the complex political and social issues surrounding the global phenomenon that is terrorism. The book features an historical overview; a modern survey; laws, legal issues and court cases; a chronology; brief biographies; and a list of relevant organizations.

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Harry Henderson is a professional writer and editor specializing in technical writing for adults, as well as nonfiction science, biographical, and historical material for junior high and high school readers.

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Booklist Review

This entry in the Library in a Book series provides "all the essential tools" for researching the topic of terrorism, including an overview, a chronology, a glossary, biographies, and an annotated bibliography.

Library Journal Review

The United States suffers very little from acts of terrorism compared with Europe and the developing world. In fact, an American citizen is more likely to be killed by lightning than by a terrorist attack. Nevertheless, fear of terrorism remains widespread. The U.S. government defines terrorism as "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience." The bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, which resulted in 168 deaths, is the worse incident of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. These are but a few insights provided in this one-volume reference, written by freelance writer Henderson (Privacy in the Information Age, 1999) as part of the publisher's "Library in a Book" series. This informative work provides a historical overview of the topic, a chronological survey of major terrorist attacks and trials, brief biographies of leaders of terrorist groups and academic and counterterrorism experts, a glossary of terms and acronyms, and a guide to further research on terrorism. Henderson indicates that terrorism is a form of communication with acts of violence as the message and that such behavior violates international humanitarian law. An adequate reference survey on terrorism, this book is recommended for large public and academic libraries only. Libraries already owning Jay Robert Nash's Terrorism in the Twentieth Century (LJ 11/1/98) need not purchase. Tim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Henderson's handbook about current social and political issues is a useful guide and solid introduction to the dynamics of world terrorism. The author correctly notes that the "use of terror is evident as far back as history has been recorded." However, this work primarily examines modern terrorism perpetrated during wars, revolutions, periods of anarchy, or nationalistic/religious/ethnic conflicts. Henderson provides a concise survey of the "ABCs" of international terrorism, with interesting sections about who terrorists are and how their organizations operate in the world. Other useful chapters include a synopsis of laws and court cases about terrorism, a chronology of terrorist activities since 1946, a biographical listing of key players, a glossary, and a listing of terrorist groups and their acronyms. Also included are helpful tips about how to research the subject of terrorism, with a selective annotated bibliography organized by geographic region. The appendixes provide statistical highlights about the nature and frequency of terrorist attacks around the world. Furthermore, the author stresses the dangers of "new terrorism" in the 21st century, with the potential of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons of mass destruction, or cyberterrorism. Recommended for high school and college students looking for a few quick facts or just beginning to research the subject. M. Jackson Brown University



Until recently, the odds of an individual becoming a victim of a terrorist attack in a democracy like the United States were minuscule. However, the ability of a small number of terrorists -- like those who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon -- to strike a sudden devastating blow highlights how increasingly vulnerable we are. The proliferation and availability of sophisticated weapons have made the issue of terrorism more urgent than ever. Terrorist groups no longer rely solely on firepower to make their message heard; as bioterrorism and cyberterrorism become possibilities, the range of victims affected can be far greater than previously imagined. Terrorism is a balanced examination of the complex political and social issues surrounding this phenomena. Coverage includes: An extensive historical overview of terrorism and related issues A survey of terrorism today, including the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon Terrorism-related laws, legal issues, and court cases A chronological survey of major terrorist attacks, trials, and other relevant events Brief biographies of leaders of terrorist groups, and academic and counter-terrorism experts A guide to further research on terrorism. Excerpted from Terrorism by Harry Henderson 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.

Table of Contents

Part I Overview of the Topic
Chapter 1 Introduction to Terrorismp. 3
Chapter 2 Survey of International Terrorismp. 31
Chapter 3 Laws and Court Cases Relating to Terrorismp. 68
Chapter 4 Chronologyp. 98
Chapter 5 Biographical Listingp. 130
Chapter 6 Glossaryp. 137
Part II Guide to Further Research
Chapter 7 How to Research Terrorismp. 147
Chapter 8 Annotated Bibliographyp. 161
Chapter 9 Organizations and Agenciesp. 235
Part III Appendices
Appendix A Acronyms for Terrorist Groupsp. 243
Appendix B Statistics on Terrorismp. 246
Appendix C State Department Terrorism Designationsp. 254
Appendix D Legislative Summary of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996p. 260
Indexp. 287