Encyclopedia of Terrorism

Encyclopedia of Terrorism

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Baker & Taylor
Offers more than three hundred alphabetically arranged entries covering the people, organizations, events, and places associated with international terrorism and terrorist activities.

Book News
Written to be accessible to high school audiences and above, this encyclopedia offers descriptions and analyses of terrorist organizations and personalities, terrorist incidents and attacks, anti-terrorist programs and legal mechanisms, and concepts related to understandings of terrorism. Unsurprisingly, much of the focus is on Islamist terrorism, however entries on white supremacist groups, African insurgencies, left wing revolutionary groups, and even the occasional state act of terrorism (e.g. Ariel Sharon's involvement in the Sabra and Shatila massacres) are included by editors Combs (U. of North Carolina) and Slann (Macon State College). However, there are a number of inexplicable omissions, such as the lack of any reference to Luis Posada, whose recent sojourn in the United States has caused world-wide controversy spurred by credible allegations of his involvement in blowing up a Cuban passenger airliner and his past bragging about being involved in Havana hotel bombings. Another example is the surprising failure to mention the assassination of Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier by car bomb in the streets of the US capital. The knowledgeable reader might wonder whether the fact that both Posada and at least one of the Letelier bombers had been on the CIA payroll at one time or another had anything to do with their failure to appear in these pages. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
For high school and college students, or anyone interested in terrorism, the fully revised and updated Encyclopedia of Terrorism brings together the most current and important information on this subject. Organized in an easy to use A-Z format, including a chronology of recent terrorist attacks and the September 11th attacks, this book is an excellent starting point for further research.

Facts on File
Praise for the previous edition:
"Focused on a timely topic, this volume is a good companion to the news for the general reader...a useful addition to most reference collections and is recommended for public, high-school, and academic libraries." Booklist

"...comprehensive...when patrons need information on cyberterrorism, the Oklahoma City bombing, biological and chemical weapons, the IRA, and a wide range of topics, this tome is worth the asking price..." School Library Journal

"...helpful to those seeking some basic, timely information about terrorism, and as a starting point for more substantial research on aspects of terrorism." American Reference Books Annual

The ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and the bombings overseas have shown that despite the "War on Terror" terrorism is still very much a part of daily life for many individuals. Thoroughly updated and expanded by terrorism experts, Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Revised Edition provides students, researchers, journalists, and policymakers with a complete survey of what seems to be an intractable problem. More than 350 entries organized in an easily accessible, A-to-Z format offer comprehensive treatments of the events, people, organizations, and places that have played a major role 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 timely volume is a chronology of terrorist events that have occurred from 1945 to the present.

New and updated entries include:
  • Army of God
  • Beslan school hostage crisis
  • Osama bin Laden
  • Biological agents
  • Conventional terrorist weapons
  • Cyberterrorism
  • Darfur
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Egyptian Islamic Jihad
  • Al-Fatah
  • Financing of terrorism
  • Hamas
  • Saddam Hussein
  • Ansar al-Islam
  • Madrid train bombings
  • Militias in the United States
  • The 9/11 Commission Report
  • Oklahoma City bombing
  • Al-Qaeda
  • Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2007
Edition: Revised edition
Description: xv, 478 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm
ISBN: 9780816062775
Branch Call Number: 303.625 Com
Additional Contributors: Slann, Martin W.


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