Bruce Hoffman's Inside Terrorism has remained a seminal work for understanding the historical evolution of terrorism and the terrorist mindset. In this revised edition of the classic text, Hoffman analyzes the new adversaries, motivations, and tactics of global terrorism that have emerged in recent years, focusing specifically on how al Qaeda has changed since 9/11; the reasons behind its resiliency, resonance, and longevity; and its successful use of the Internet and videotapes to build public support and gain new recruits. Hoffman broadens the discussion by evaluating the potential repercussions of the Iraqi insurgency, the use of suicide bombers, terrorist exploitation of new communications media, and the likelihood of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear terrorist strike. Closer to home, Hoffman reconsiders the Timothy McVeigh case and the threats posed by American Christian white supremacists and abortion opponents as well as those posed by militant environmentalists and animal rights activists. He argues that the attacks on the World Trade Center fundamentally transformed the West's view of the terrorist threat.
More relevant and necessary than ever, Inside Terrorism continues to be the definitive work on the history and future of global terrorism.
Exploring the threats posed by contemporary terrorists, this work explains how al Qaeda has changed since 9/11 and the reasons behind its resiliency, resonance, and longevity. It pays close attention to their use of the Internet and videotapes to build support and gain new recruits.
Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition Preface to the First Edition 1. Defining Terrorism 2. The End of Empire and the Origins of Contemporary Terrorism 3. The Internationalization of Terrorism 4. Religion and Terrorism 5. Suicide Terrorism 6. The Old Media, Terrorism, and Public Opinion 7. The New Media, Terrorism, and the Shaping of Global Opinion 8. The Modern Terrorist Mind-set: Tactics, Targets, Tradecraft, and Technologies 9. Terrorism Today and Tomorrow Notes Bibliography Index
For its historical and political examination of terrorism, Inside Terrorism is a valuable work... It falls into the category of 'must read' at least for anyone who wants to understand how we can respond to international acts of terror. -- Raymond Bonner New York Times Book Review A revised and expanded edition of the RAND scholar's classic work. Atlantic Monthly Hoffman's more rigorous appraisal, ought to be required reading as the rhetoric mounts this campaign season. -- Aziz Huq American Prospect A must read to all academics or practitioners who are dealing with the issue of terrorism. mindef.gov.sg Brilliant... The best one-volume introduction to the phenomenon. The Washington Post Any collection strong in terrorist literature and military history will find Hoffman's analysis of ongoing importance. Bookwatch One of the best primers on the subject. Washingtonian The most widely read book on terrorism... [Its] comprehensiveness will greatly benefit its readers. -- Joshua Sinai The Washington Times One of the Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International's 25 Top Books for Today's Bookshelf on Terrorism. Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security International A classic introduction to the subject. Speakeasy, The Wall Street Journal
A thoroughly updated edition of a comprehensive and essential work on the history and future of global terrorism.
Bruce Hoffman is a professor at Georgetown University's Edmund A WalshSchool of Foreign Service. He is also a senior fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, and editor of the Columbia University Press series Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare.