Kellogg, Davida E. "International Law and Terrorism." Military Review 85 (Sep.-Oct. 2005): 50-57.
1. The CIA at War: Inside the Secret Campaign against Terror. New York: St. Martin's, 2003.
Seamon, Proceedings 129.12 (Dec. 2003), says that the author "has written a comprehensive history brightened by anecdotes and deftly drawn character sketches. The war ... turns out to be as much an internal squabble ... and a disappointing scrap with other government agencies as it is an after-action report on the company's often unheralded successes against terrorists of all varieties, to say nothing of its spectacular failures."
For Peake, Studies 48.3 (2004), even though this book "is not a history, those unfamiliar with the Agency will get a good overview of its pre-9/11 activity.... The treatment is balanced, though not always accurate." On the other hand, Chapman, IJI&C 17.4 (Winter 2004-2005), finds this work "unbalanced and way off the mark." While reading The CIA at War, the reviewer "slipped into thinking I was into another Tom Clancy novel."
2. The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack. New York: Crown, 2007.
Sinai, Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), sees this as "a remarkably insightful and revealing look at how U.S. counterterrorism agencies and their top players conducted America's attacks on al Qaeda and its affiliates prior to and following September 11." Kessler's "unparalleled access to top players in America's counterterrorism campaign allowed him a rare glimpse into their tradecraft, making The Terrorism Watch a riveting account."
Khalsa, Sundri. Forecasting Terrorism: Indicators and Proven Analytic Techniques. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2004.
Peake, Studies 50.3 (Sep. 2006) and Intelligencer 15.2 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007), notes that the author, a U.S. Air Force captain "wrote this book while attending the Joint Military Intelligence College and working as a DIA analyst." Khalsa suggests that the "solution to the forecasting problem ... is a structured, computerized methodology.... [A] CD is provided that illustrates the procedures in the text. The quality of the CD is not good and that does not help when trying to follow the often complicated instructions in the book.... Khalsa has developed an interesting approach to forecasting acts of terror but it needs considerable real-world testing and refinement before its operational value can be assessed."
Kiras, James D. "Irregular Warfare: Terrorism and Insurgency." In Strategy in the Contemporary World, ed. John Baylis, et al., 163-191. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Kronenwetter, Michael. Terrorism: A Guide to Events and Documents. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2004.
Mulloy, H-Amstdy, H-Net Reviews, Mar. 2006 [http://www.h-net.org], notes that this is an "introductory work"; its "chapters are short, broadly informative, and the writing clear and accessible." However, despite the author's "repeated emphasis on the importance of understanding the specific context and circumstances that produce terrorism, one finds very little of the necessary social, political, and economic background one needs to understand its history.... Kronenwetter's preference for narrative detail over analysis and explanation leaves one largely [to] one's own devices in assessing what is important and what is not in the events being discussed."
Krueger, Alan B.
1. What Makes a Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007.
Goodwin, Perspectives in Politics 6.4 (Dec. 2008), calls this "a smart, concise, and accessible book." Nevertheless, the author "probably goes too far when he claims that 'most terrorist organizations are composed of people drawn from the elites.'" (p. 44)
2. And David Laitin. "Misunderstanding Terrorism." Foreign Affairs 83, no. 5 (Sep.-Oct. 2004): 8-13.
Lancaster, Carol. "Poverty, Terrorism, and National Security." Environmental Change & Security Project Report 9 (2003): 19-22.
"[P]overty is not a major or direct cause of terrorism, and ... eliminating poverty will not eliminate terrorism.... [While] the United States should and must work to eliminate poverty in the world[,]... U.S. policymakers and citizens should not fool themselves that reducing poverty will eliminate terrorism."
1. Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding about the War on Terror. New York: Regan Books, HarperCollins, 2004.
Peake, Studies 49.1 (2005), comments that this book "is speculation mixed with sour grapes until real evidence is produced."
2. 1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI -- The Untold Story. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.
According to Peake, Studies 48.3 (2004), the author "finds widespread fault and is pessimistic about improvements, even from the congressional commissions."
3. Triple Cross: How Bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI -- and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him. New York: Regan, 2006.
Peake, Studies 51.2 (2007), notes that this work continues the author's story of Ali Mohammed (begun in 1000 Years for Revenge). He also provides other, new "dots"; the problem is that "it is by no means clear how they connect."
Laqueur, Walter. No End to War: Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Continuum, 2003.
Bergen, Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2003, finds that the author provides "a comprehensive and learned account of what terrorism in the 21st century is likely to look like." The work "raises a number of vital, serious points that can be all too easily drowned out by the alarmist pitch of today's political debates over terrorism's causes and remedies." Laqueur "is not as sanguine as some observers about the eventual withering of political Islam."
For Singer, Parameters 34.2 (Summer 2004), this is "an essential resource to understanding terrorism." Because of his research on the subject over decades, Laqueur is "able to make the historic connections and grounded analysis that others lack." The author is "to be commended for the extensive bibliography at the end, providing essentially the entire library of terrorist studies for analysts and researchers starting off in the field."
Ledeen, Michael A. The War against the Terror Masters. New York: St. Martin's, 2002.
According to Van Tol, NWCR (Spring 2003), the author "presents a compelling picture of what the [terrorism] threat actually is, how it developed, and how the United States can and must defeat it. He avers that this war is ... is specifically about Islamic ... terrorism -- motivated and underwritten by militant Islamic fundamentalism and abetted by many regional regimes."
Lewis, Bernard. The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror. New York: Random House, 2003.
Singer, Parameters 34.2 (Summer 2004), notes that while this "book breaks little new ground in either analysis or research, it does provide an easy-to-read general introduction to Lewis's line of argument." The author's thesis "describes Islam as a doctrine that rejects modernity, in lieu of a more sacred past, and is thus placed in a continual clash with the Judeo-Christian West.... The book has serious flaws, though.... In making a fairly monolithic analysis of Islam, Lewis's one-size-fits-all approach risks misdiagnosis and clearly misses the wide diversity and great debates within the Islamic world.... [T]he book [also] suffers from the fatal flaw of much in the field, spending all of its energy in analyzing the problems, but offering little in the way of solutions."
Lippold, Kirk S. [CDR/USN (Ret.)] Front Burner: Al Qaeda's Attack on the USS Cole. New York: Public Affairs, 2012.
Daniel, Proceedings 139.3 (Mar. 2013), notes that in this work the former commanding officer of the USS Cole "repeatedly states that the events surrounding the Cole attack represented a series of systemic errors at every level of the defense and intelligence communities..... Ultimately, the author concludes that the biggest tragedy of the Cole incident was that it did not serve as a catalyst for decisive action against al Qaeda."
Maddrell, Paul. "Failing Intelligence: U.S. Intelligence in the Age of Transnational Threats." International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence 22, no. 2 (Summer 2009): 195-220.
"The outstanding challenge of the new era for the Intelligence Community is that its two main tasks involve an intensive global search for targets that are very easy to hide: conspiracies of people, and weapons research and development projects.... The task of couterterrorism intelligence collection is not merely very difficult: it must be conducted throughout the world in combination with allies whose interests are often considerably different from those of the United States."
Mandel, Robert. "Fighting Fire with Fire: Privatizing Counterterrorism." In Defeating Terrorism: Shaping the New Security Environment, eds. Russell D. Howard and Reid L. Sawyer, 62-73. Guilford, CT.: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2004.
Miller, John, and Michael Stone, with Chris Mitchell. The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot, and Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It. New York: Hyperion, 2002.
Peake, Studies 48.3 (2004), calls this book "a worthwhile working-level view of the pre-9/11 counterterrorist problems from a New York perspective."
Murray, Williamson, ed. Strategic Challenges for Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terrorism. Carlisle, PA: U.S. ArmyWar College, Strategic Studies Institute, 2006. [http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/PUB710.pdf]
This edited work has 14 chapters covering a wide-range of loosely related topics.
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