With more than 300 articles, the Encyclopedia provides detailed discussions of the who, what, where, when, and why of terrorism. Up-to-date and timely, the articles cover such topics as Al-Qaeda, biological terrorism, extremism, Saddam Hussein, Jihad, Zacarias Moussaoui, and suicide bombers. It is concise and has a readable format with a detailed chronology, photographs, maps, and charts.
The power of labeling is sought by all sides alike in the current "war on terrorism," but too often the mass media uncritically accepts language usage by one side or the other. Containing terms from "abortuary" (a blend of abortion and mortuary) to "Zionist," this dictionary examines the political and ideological usage of English terms on all sides of the conflict, noting the simplistic and obfuscating uses to which language is put by Osama Bin Laden and George W. Bush alike. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The United States Department of Defense defines terrorism as "the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological." While terrorism has been around for centuries, it was the al Qa'eda attacks of September 11, 2001, that brought home to the world, and most particularly the United States, just how dangerous terrorism can be. The Historical Dictionary of Terrorism presents the full spectrum of forms of political violence through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced entries on major terrorist groups and their leaders, significant terrorist events, cyber-terrorism, counterterrorism, and social science concepts regarding the motivations and group dynamics of terrorist groups. (Publisher Web site)