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Introduction to Terrorism

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Hardback: 9780982365816
pub: 2009-12-30

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It can take the form of a Molotov Cocktail or a Suicide Bomber detonating within a crowd. It can be a sophisticated electronic explosive device or a bomb in a shoe. Today’s terrorism threats, and their constant assault on global security continues to be a menace of great concern.

Providing a hands-on look inside the ugly, blood-stained world of global terrorism, Introduction to Terrorism covers the evolution of terrorism, its growing sophistication, and its cynical indifference to human life. It begins by covering the history of terrorism and showing how the threats have changed since the September 11, 2001 attacks. It examines the methods America has chosen to guard against and deal with these threats using its military, government, and civilian agencies.

Illustrating and examining current and future challenges, this state-of-the-art text follows a flow model developed and successfully taught in the classroom at several colleges and universities. Designed to follow the standard academic semester (one chapter per week), the book’s content, style, presentation, and organization have been class-tested and validated.

Table of Contents


The Ever Changing World

The History of Terrorism

The Structure and Psychology of Terrorist Groups

Terrorism as a Weapon of Change


Transnational Threats: Organized Crime and Terrorism

International Terrorism: State Sponsors of Terrorism

International Terrorism: Groups and Movements

Domestic Terrorism


Combating Terrorism: The United States

Countering International Terrorism

Disaster and Terrorism Event Recovery

The Role of Intelligence in The War on Terror

Key International Partners in The War on Terror

The Future of Terrorism

About the Authors

David H. McElreath, PhD, Professor / Chair, Department of Legal Studies, University of Mississippi, Oxford, USA

U.S. Marine Corps, Colonel (retired), M.S.S., U.S. Army War College

Carl Jensen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Legal Studies, University of Mississippi, Oxford, USA

Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation, Officer, Nuclear Sub. FBI Special Agent, 22 years.

Chester L. Quarles, PhD, CPP, Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Mississippi, Oxford, USA

Director, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Certified Criminal Investigator

Stephen Mallory, PhD, Professor, Department of Legal Studies, University of Mississippi, Gore Springs, USA

Deputy Director, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (Retired), Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force

Michael Wiggington, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Legal Studies, University of Mississippi, Oxford, USA

Sr. Special Agent, U.S. Customs Service, & FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief