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It Could Happen Here: Facing the New Terrorism

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Terrorism and America: A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society (BCSIA Studies in International Security)
Terrorism and America: A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society (BCSIA Studies in International Security)
By Philip B. Heymann
The MIT Press, 2000, 208 pp. $16.95 Purchase

America's Achilles' Heel: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack

America's Achilles' Heel: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack
By Richard A. Falkenrath, Robert D. Newman and Bradley A. Thaye
MIT Press, 1998, 350 pp. $22.50 Purchase

Inside Terrorism

Inside Terrorism
By Bruce Hoffman
Columbia University Press, 1998, 278 pp. $24.95 Purchase

Terrorism With Chemical and Biological Weapons: Calibrating Risks and Responses

Terrorism With Chemical and Biological Weapons: Calibrating Risks and Responses
Edited by Brad Roberts
Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, 1997, 140 pp. $12.95 Purchase

The Ultimate Terrorists

The Ultimate Terrorists
By Jessica Stern
Harvard University Press, 1999, 176 pp. $22.95 Purchase

According to Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, last summer's embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania were not two more examples of old-fashioned terrorism. "What is new," she declared, "is the emergence of terrorist coalitions that do not answer fully to any government, that operate across national borders and have access to advanced technology." The bomb victims, she claimed, were caught up "in a new kind of confrontation that looms as a new century is about to begin . . . a clash between civilization itself and anarchy -- between the rule of law and no rules at all."

The secretary's words would have been accurate had they been uttered a century earlier, when a loose-knit transnational movement quite literally devoted to the promotion of anarchy wreaked havoc across the globe. From 1894 to 1901, anarchists managed to assassinate the president of France, the prime minister of Spain, the empress of Austria, the king of

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In This Review

Terrorism and America: A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society (BCSIA Studies in International Security)
Terrorism and America: A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society (BCSIA Studies in International Security)
By Philip B. Heymann
The MIT Press, 2000, 208 pp. $16.95 Purchase

America's Achilles' Heel: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack

America's Achilles' Heel: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack
By Richard A. Falkenrath, Robert D. Newman and Bradley A. Thaye
MIT Press, 1998, 350 pp. $22.50 Purchase

Inside Terrorism

Inside Terrorism
By Bruce Hoffman
Columbia University Press, 1998, 278 pp. $24.95 Purchase

Terrorism With Chemical and Biological Weapons: Calibrating Risks and Responses

Terrorism With Chemical and Biological Weapons: Calibrating Risks and Responses
Edited by Brad Roberts
Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, 1997, 140 pp. $12.95 Purchase

The Ultimate Terrorists

The Ultimate Terrorists
By Jessica Stern
Harvard University Press, 1999, 176 pp. $22.95 Purchase

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