The book acts as a guide to the images of terrorism that we see daily in the mass media. The author believes that our perceptions of terrorism are formed by the interaction of bureaucratic agencies, academics and private experts. These images and stereotypes that we are offered do not necessarily reflect objective reality.
Knowing about terrorism; another man's freedom fighter?; the American politics of terrorism; motives; false flags; investigation and intelligence; explaining failure; terrorism and the mass media; Iraq and state terrorism; a critical consumer's guide to understanding terrorism.