Author(s): Bruce Hoffman
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.
"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 , reviewing a previous edition or volume "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 "Any collection strong in terrorist literature and military history will find Hoffman's analysis of ongoing importance." -- Bookwatch "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."
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.