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No one a neutral : political hostage-taking in the modern world
Antokol, Norman.
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Medina, Ohio, USA : Alpha Publications of Ohio, [1990]

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248 pages ; 22 cm
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HV6431 .A59 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Antokol and Nudell focus on hostage-taking in terrorist activity since 1970. They provide a historical overview, an analysis of the behavior of both captors and captives, and a number of useful recommendations for both officials and victims. Although somewhat specialized for the general reader and requiring some prior knowledge, this is a worthwhile acquisition for larger current-affairs collections. Selected bibliography; to be indexed. --Roland Green

Library Journal Review

Antokol, a U.S. diplomat, and Nudell, a former U.S. diplomat and currently a consultant on counterterrorism, are experienced in dealing with terrorism. In this book, they offer a very balanced and well-argued analysis of terrorist hostage-taking while avoiding the tendency toward ideological bias and oversimplification that characterizes much of the literature. The authors provide an overview of the phenomenon and attempt to put it into historical perspective. They cover a wide variety of hostage situations and give political context and background information on recent hostage cases and hostage-takers. There is enough context to make the book useful to informed laypersons and a valuable resource for policy makers, scholars, and security professionals. See also David E. Long's The Anatomy of Terrorism , reviewed in this issue, below.--Ed. --William L. Waugh Jr., Georgia State Univ., Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.