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Terrorist challenge to America /

Main Author: Henderson, Harry, 1951-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Facts on File, 2003
Series: Library in a book
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Henderson presents an overview of terrorism as it affects the US and describes how the US has responded to threats since the 1990s. Part of the publisher's "Library in a Book" series, this volume includes history, biographies, annotated bibliography, and index. The book is interesting and well written, covering a wide range of topics (e.g., immigration, the US's changing role in the world, infrastructure, security, military tribunals, civil liberties). Various international treaties are cited, as are post-September 11th US laws. Annotated court cases date from 1866, although most are more recent. The chronology, 1989 to the present, helps keep events in order, while biographical sketches cover international figures and leaders involved with terrorism or responses to it. The glossary and section on conducting research are helpful. Appendixes contain data on the post-2001 military campaigns, Homeland Security, and the Patriot Act of 2001. A useful synopsis. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates. P. Miller formerly, New Hampshire Community Technical College--Berlin/Laconia

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-After a brief introduction to terrorist activities directed against the U.S. in the 1990s, this title focuses on the immediate and long-term challenges faced by America in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Henderson examines the country's immediate response to these events and discusses "the shifts in the understanding of the role" of the U.S. The author's balanced approach includes the differing points of view on the motivations of al-Qaeda, the "Bush doctrine" with regard to weapons of mass destruction, and other topics. Homeland Security and pre- and post-9/11 legislation, cases, and issues are also considered. Separate sections offer concise biographical profiles and annotated bibliographies that include a number of periodicals found in public and school libraries. The last entry in the chronology is April 22, 2003, two weeks after the fall of Baghdad. Recommendations for search engines, databases, and print sources explain what they are, where to find them, and offer tips on conducting effective searches. One appendix provides detailed country profiles; another includes simple black-and-white maps and documented tables. Both Harvey W. Kushner's Encyclopedia of Terrorism (Sage, 2002) and Frank Shanty's Encyclopedia of World Terrorism (Sharpe, 2003) are broader-ranging resources. The first includes alphabetical entries on international groups, figures, and events of the past two centuries, while the second takes a topical approach with a number of essays on events of 2001. Henderson's up-to-date volume should be considered by most libraries; it will be useful to students needing background information or specific facts and/or suggestions for further research.-Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.