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Title:
Encyclopedia of terrorism
Author:
Combs, Cindy C.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Facts on File, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
ix, 339 pages : illustrations, map : 29 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Entries A-Z -- Appendix -- Major acts of terrorism, 1946-2000 -- U.S. and international reaction to September 11, 2001, day by day.
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ISBN:
9780816044559
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

As recent aeroplane hijackings, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East have shown, terrorism is an unfortunate reality that can have potentially devastating effects on governments, businesses and individuals. This encyclopaedia provides students, researchers, journalists and policy-makers with a survey of this growing problem. Over 300 entries, organized in A to Z format, offer treatments of the events, people, organizations and places that have figured prominently in international terrorism. Each entry is placed within its appropriate historical context to help readers understand the wide-ranging motivations behind terrorist actions. Also included in this volume is a chronology of terrorist activities that have occurred from 1945 to the present. Entries include: Aerial hijacking; Carlos the Jackal; Cyber-terrorism; Montana Freemen; Nuclear terrorism; Oklahoma City bombing; Sarin gas attacks; Usama Bin Laden; Unabomber; and USS Cole.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Like the first (2003) edition, Encyclopedia of Terrorism is intended to be a selective reference work on the most significant aspects of modern world terrorism. The revised edition reports on the major changes to the terrorist groups, which include their splintering, networking, and reforming across national borders. In addition, as terrorism has changed, so have the agencies, policies, and various international organizations that combat its spread. This edition is similar in length and scope to the first, having more than 300 A-Z entries ranging in length from a few paragraphs to several pages, each concluding with references. The entries cover people, such as Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, and Salman Rushdie, and  groups, such as the Haganah, the Japanese Red Army, and the Montana Freemen.  The longest entry, Overview of terrorism, by region, provides 29 pages summarizing terrorist activities in almost 80 countries. New entries include Biological agents; Darfur; Homeland Security, Department of; Madrid train bombings; The 9/11 Commission Report; and USA PATRIOT Act. The valuable chronology, which begins with January 7, 1946, when  Nazi sympathizers murdered two U.S. occupation officials in Passau, in the U.S. zone, is updated to  December 29, 2006, with an entry on the car bombing at Madrid Barajas Airport. The section U.S. and International Reaction to September 11, 2001, Day by Day is retained and remains the same. One of the most important parts of the  revision is the introductory essay on the changes to world terrorism since the events of 9/11. Still aimed at the general reader from ninth grade up, Encyclopedia of Terrorism would be a good acquisition, especially if the first edition was not purchased.--Carbone, Jerry Copyright 2007 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Combs (political science, Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte; Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century) and Slann (Introduction to Politics: Governments and Nations in the Twenty-First Century) offer a highly accessible, information-rich guide to the figures, events, and consequences of international terrorism, both historical and contemporary. Organized alphabetically by topic name, the 350-plus entries run from a single paragraph to several pages long. New and updated entries include "Army of God," "biological agents," and "Egyptian Islamic Jihad." An appendix contains charts detailing terrorist-related patterns, while a two-month, day-by-day time line documents international responses to 9/11 and critical global events leading to the invasion of Afghanistan. Fully indexed and featuring a six-page bibliography and black-and-white photographs, this edition is highly recommended for both specialized political science collections and public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Combs (UNC Charlotte) and Slann (Macon State College) offer a revised edition of a 2002 work that serves as a useful introduction to persons, organizations, places, events, and concepts related to terrorism. Helpful features include a chronology of major terrorist acts since WW II, a day-by-day account of events following 9/11, and a select bibliography. Most of the entries are very good, with the ones titled "Attack on America" (9/11) and "The 9/11 Commission Report" being particularly noteworthy. As with any selective subject encyclopedia, the choice of topics poses the main problem for the volume, e.g., Charles Manson seems a far more appropriate subject for a criminology encyclopedia than a work on terrorism. The space devoted to various topics could also be considered unbalanced. The entry titled "State Terrorism" devotes eight paragraphs to the abuse of prisoners by US soldiers at Abu Ghraib, and only one paragraph to what occurred there under Saddam Hussein. The coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also somewhat selective. Although some imbalance of coverage is unavoidable, especially on such controversial issues, one hopes the next edition will deal with this concern. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates, general readers, and high school students. D. Durant East Carolina University


Excerpts

Excerpts

As recent airplane hijackings, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East have shown, terrorism is an unfortunate reality that can have potentially devastating effects on governments, businesses, and individuals. Written by two well-known experts on the subject, the Encyclopedia of Terrorism provides students, researchers, journalists, and policymakers with a complete survey of this rapidly growing problem. More than 300 entries organized in an easily accessible A-to-Z format offer thorough treatments of the events, people, organizations, and places that have figured prominently in international terrorism. Each entry is placed within its appropriate historical context to help readers understand the wide-ranging motivations behind terrorist actions. Also included in this comprehensive volume is a chronology of terrorist events that have occurred from 1945 to the present. Entries include: Aerial hijacking Carlos the Jackal Cyber-terrorism Montana Freemen Nuclear terrorism Oklahoma City bombing Sarin gas attacks Usama Bin Laden Unabomber USS Cole. Excerpted from Encyclopedia of Terrorism 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.