Origins Of Terrorism

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Origins Of Terrorism

Edited by Walter Reich
Woodrow Wilson Center/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990
289 pp. $44.50

As observed by Martha Crenshaw, author of two of the chapters in this compendium volume, "It is difficult to understand terrorism without psychological theory, because explaining terrorism must begin with analyzing the intentions of the terrorist actor and the emotional reactions of audiences." This book, jointly sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center and the National Institute of Mental Health, explores with skill and depth the motivations and psychologies of terrorism through the collaboration of political scientists and historians, behavioral scientists and policymakers. Gary Sick contributes a fine chapter on the impact of the Iranian hostage crisis on President Carter, and there are chapters on terrorism in Germany, Italy and other nations.

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