In This Review

By Walter Laqueur
Little, Brown, 1977, 264 pp

Companion volume to his definitive Guerrilla. Laqueur concludes that terrorism is not simply an offshoot of guerrilla warfare, but is rooted in a different tradition. Eschewing extended descriptive commentary on recent terrorist activities, the author focuses instead on the more difficult - and more valuable - task, a systematic analysis of terrorist history, doctrine, sociology, patterns, motives and efficacy. Although one may disagree with the author's conclusion that it is publicity, not terrorism, which is on the increase, the book itself is bound to become a classic.