The Terrorist Trap, Second Edition

The Terrorist Trap, Second Edition

America’s Experience with Terrorism
Jeffrey D. Simon
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/07/2001
Format: Paperback 43 b&w photos, 3 figures
ISBN: 978-0-253-21477-5
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The bombings of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and of the World Trade Center in New York City have joined a long history of terrorists acts against the United States. In this newly updated edition of his book, Jeffrey Simon reaches back to the founding days of the Republic to tell a story that is both instructive and alarming. Simon uncovers the dynamics of a deadly conflict that affects all Americans. His in-depth interviews with terrorists and their victims, with reporters, government officials, and others bring to life a tale of presidents and terrorists, media and society, all entangled in a drama of international violence.

The Terrorist Trap traces the government response to terrorism from the days of Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates to William Jefferson Clinton's confrontation with homegrown terrorism. It explores the terrorist trap: the psychological, political, and social elements that make terrorism unlike any other conflict. With the end of the Cold War and the defeat of Saddam Hussein's army in the Gulf War, many believed that the threat of terrorism had been significantly reduced. But Simon shows how terrorism grows out of political, economic, and social grievances that can never be
fully resolved, as events in Israel and elsewhere continue to demonstrate. Living with terrorism will be an inescapable part of life in the twenty-first century. Simon calls on officials to move away from the useless rhetoric of defeating terrorism and to focus instead on achievable goals in combating this global problem.

Author Bio

JEFFREY D. SIMON is a foreign policy consultant and writer.


“"The ultimate lesson of 'The Terrorist Trap' is that terrorism has been around for a long time, and that — war or no war — it isn't going to go away. . . . 'The Terrorist Trap' is essential reading for people who want to better understand the terrorist threat and the people behind it." - National Journal Reviews of the first edition: “A solid, commonsense look at a phenomenon capable of producing the strongest emotions. . . . Simon’s predictions for the future, and what our responses should be, seem reasoned and right. Informative.” —Booklist “In a disturbing, timely, compelling report, [Simon] scrutinizes America’s response to terrorism . . . he outlines steps that governments, intelligence agencies and the news media can take to reduce terrorists’ psychological advantage and to thwart their actions.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) This book chronicles the U.S. response to terrorism from the days of Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary pirates to the confrontation of George Bush and Saddam Hussein. Jeffrey Simon explores what he terms the “terrorist trap”: the psychological, political, and social elements that make terrorism unlike any other conflict—and why terrorism will be an inescapable part of American life in the post-Cold War environment. ”

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Introduction to the Second Edition

1. Welcome to Reality
2. The Endless Nature of Terrorism
3. The Threat Emerges
4. The Setting of the Terrorist Trap
5. Tough Talk on Terrorism
6. The Mother of All Hostage Takers
7. Media Players
8. Roots
9. Future Trends
10.Lessons Learned