Features – Bibliography on Terrorism, Bioterrorism, the Middle East, and 9-11 Related Issues

Camille Reynolds, Law Librarian
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Bin Laden: The Man who declared war on America
Yossef Bodansky
Prima, 2001
Bodanfsky, the director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, traces the events in bin Laden’s life that turned him away from an affluent, cosmopolitan lifestyle in Saudi Arabia to a militant, austere Islamic fundamentalist leading an international terrorist movement. Bodansky assesses bin Laden’s greatest accomplishment to be his impact on Muslim youth worldwide and warns that impact will long survive bin Laden’s death. A large majority of Muslim youth considers Osama their hero,” he writes, a phenomenon which Bodansky believes will lead to many generations to come of a radicalized and militant jihad.
(Review by Barbara Meade)

Black and Smokeless Powders: Technologies for Finding Bombs and the Bomb Makers
National Research Council
National Academy Press. 1998

Countering the New Terrorism
Ian O. Lesser, Bruce Hoffman, John Arquilla, David F. Ronfeldt, Michele Zanini, Brian Michael Jenkins
RAND. 1999

Enough of the Definition of Terrorism
Omar Malik
A Royal Institute of International Affairs book
Brookings Institution Press. 2001

Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime and Militancy
John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt
RAND. 2001

The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the Future of Terrorism
Simon Reeve
Northeastern University Press, 1999
Reeve, a British journalist, describes the activities of two of the world’s most notorious terrorists. As Reeves describes it in 1999, Ramzi Yousef, had been seeking to topple the twin towers of the World Trade Center and causing thousands of fatalities in the process, a plan that was first implemented in the 1993 bombing of the Center.
(Review by Barbara Meade)

The New Terrorism: Fanaticism and the Arms of Mass Destruction
Walter Laquer
Oxford University Press. 1999

Origins of Terrorism
Editor Walter Reich, New foreword by Walter Laqueur
The Woodrow Wilson Center Press. 1998

Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence
Mark Juergensmeyer
University of California, 2001

Juergensmeyer, the Director of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has written extensively about religious nationalism. He argues that violence is fundamental to the structures of all religions and explains how terrorists find moral justification for their acts in their faith. (Review by Barbara Meade)

Terrorism in Context
Editor Martha Crenshaw
Penn State University Press. 1995

Terrorism and America: A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society
Philip B. Heymann

MIT Press, 1998
Heymann, the James Barr Ames Professor of Law and Harvard Law School and a former deputy Attorney General of the United States, argues that the U.S. and other democracies can fight terrorism while preserving liberty and maintaining a healthy society. He draws on the first WTC bombings and the Oklahoma City case as examples of domestic terrorism that can be addressed with the policies he lays out. (Review by Camille Reynolds)

Terrorism & the Media: From the Iran Hostage Crisis to the World Trade Center Bombing
Brigitte L. Nacos
Columbia University Press. 1994

Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy
Paul R. Pillar
Brookings Institution Press. 2001

Terrorism Factbook: Our Nation at War!
by Marc Miller, Jason File
White Wolf Publishing Inc. Oct. 2001
In light of the recent tragedies of 9/11 – the experts answer the important “why,” “how,” and “what next” questions. This guide provides the reader with the facts on terrorism: who is behind it, why and how they do it. It features important insights into the background of terrorist activities, strategies and goals, and Coalition strategies and responses – Militarily, Diplomatically, and Economically .

Terrorist Trap
Jeffrey D. Simon
Indiana University Press. 2001

The Ultimate Terrorists
Jessica Stern
Harvard, 2000
Stern, the former head of the National Security Council’s Interagency group, points our that whereas WMD, weapons of mass destruction, have previously been used as a means to promote political ends, they have now become ends in themselves with religious justification.
(Review by Barbara Meade)


America’s Achilles’ Heel: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack
Richard Falkenrath, Robert Newman, and Bradley Thayer
MIT, 2000
The authors, two who are affiliated with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and one who is an arms control specialist, examine the various prospects of domestic terrorism and policy options for combating it without compromising our civil liberties.
(Review by Barbara Meade)

Bombs, Bugs, Drugs and Thugs: Intelligence and America’s Quest for Security
Loch Johnson
New York University Press, 2000
Johnson, an academic who has had wide experience overseer of intelligence in government, writes about the lack of coordination and communication between the thirteen secret agencies that conduct terrorism surveillance.
(Review by Barbara Meade)

Chemical and Biological Terrorism: Research and Development to Improve Civilian Medical Response
Institute of Medicine
National Academy Press. 1999

Firepower in the Lab: Automation in the Fight Against Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
Editors Scott P. Layne, Tony J. Beugelsdijk, and C. Kumar N. Patel
National Academy Press. 2001

Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War
Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg and William Broad
Simon and Schuster, 2001
Three reporters from the New York Times, one on international affairs, one on national security, and one on science have collaborated on this new book have written a frightening account about why germs will be the weapons of choice in warfare in the 21st century.
(Review by Barbara Meade)

Toxic Terror: Assessing Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons
Editor Jonathan B. Tucker
The MIT Press. 2000


Al-Qur’an: A Contemporary Translation
Ahmed Ali
Princeton University Press. 1988

Debating Islam In the Jewish State: The Development of Policy Toward Islamic Institutions in Israel
Alisa Rubin Peled
State University of New York Press. 2001

Faith and Practice of Islam: Three Thirteenth Century Sufi Texts
William C. Chittick
State University of New York Press. 1992

Islam: Origin and Belief
Emory C. Bogle
University of Texas Press. 1998

Islam: A Short History
Karen Armstrong
Random House, 2000
Armstrong, a former nun, is a respected religious scholar who has written extensively on the subject. This brief history of Islam is an objective chronological history of the religion that is practiced worldwide by millions. (Review by Camille Reynolds)

Islam Today
Akbar S. Ahmed
St. Martin’s Press, 1999
The wide range of contemporary Islam as practiced in various Eastern & Western societies is surveyed (Review by Daniel Tepfer)

Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet
Karen Armstrong
HarperCollins, 1993
This is a history of the life of the founder & prophet of Islam by religious scholar and former nun Karen Armstrong. (Review by Daniel Tepfer)

Three Messengers for One God
Roger Arnaldez, Gerald W. Schlabach, Mary Louise Gude, David B. Burrell
University of Notre Dame Press. 1994

Understanding Islam
Thomas W. Lippman
This is a thorough history of Islam and its adherents from a geopolitical perspective. (Review by Daniel Tepfer)


Afghan Communism and Soviet Intervention
Henry S. Bradsher
Oxford University Press. 1999

Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response, 1979-1982
Hasan Kakar
University of California Press. 1995

Afghanistan’s Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban
Larry P. Goodson
University of Washington Press. September 2001

Among the Afghans
Arthur Bonner
Duke University Press. 1987

Changing Course: Ideas, Politics, and the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Sarah E. Mendelson
Princeton University Press. 1998

Fundamentalism Reborn? Afghanistan and the Taliban
Editor William Maley
New York University Press. 1998

Heroes of the Age: Moral Fault Lines on the Afghan Frontier
David B. Edwards
University of California Press. 1996

Searching for Saleem: An Afghan Woman’s Odyssey
Farooka Gauhari
University of Nebraska Press. 1996

Taliban: Ascent to Power
M.J. Gohari
Oxford University Press. 2001

TALIBAN: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia
Ahmed Rashid
Yale, 2001
Called “the only authoritative account of the taliban and modern day Afghanistan available to English language readers,” Taliban tells of its origin and rise among the Pashtun refugees in Pakistani camps to present day Afghanistan, home to terrorist groups that threaten the stability of the world. (Review by Mark LaFramboise)

The Taliban Phenomenon, Afghanistan 1994-1997
Kamal Matinuddin
Oxford University Press. 2000

An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
Jason Elliot
St.Martin’s, 2001
In 1979, 19 year old college student Jason Elliot spent his summer vacation dodging shells and bullets with the mujaheddin. He returned 10 years later as the Taliban accomplished its rise to power. Elliot weaves a stunning meditation on a far away and little understood culture. (Review by Mark LaFramboise)

War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Tibet
Eric S. Margolis
Routledge, 2001
Veteran journalist, Eric S. Margolis, defines the volatile political landscape of South Central Asia, providing valuable historical insight as well as first-hand observations of this potentially disastrous flash point in world events. He describes the governments, opposition forces, and other players involved in this contentious region. (Review by Mark LaFramboise)

War, Politics and Society in Afghanistan, 1978-1992
Antonio Giustozzi
Georgetown University Press. 2000


The Birth of Israel, 1945-1949: Ben-Gurion and His Critics
Joseph Heller
University Press of Florida. 2000

Both Sides of Peace: Israel and Palestinian Political Poster Art
Dana Bartlet, et al.
University of Washington Press. 1998

Compromising Palestine: A Guide to Final Status Negotiations
Aharon Klieman
Columbia University Press

Dialogue, Conflict Resolution, and Change: Arab-Jewish Encounters in Israel
Mohammed Abu-Nimer
State University of New York Press. 1999

Elie Wiesel and the Politics of Moral Leadership
Mark Chmiel
Temple University Press. 2001

Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923
Efriam Karsh and Inari Karsh
Harvard University Press. 2001

Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East
Clement M. Henry and Robert Springborg
Cambridge University Press. 2001

Modernity and Culture from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, 1890–1920
Leila Fawaz, et al
Columbia University Press.

The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence, and Coexistence
Shaul Mishal and Avraham Sela
Columbia University Press. 2000

Palestinians: The Making of a People
Baruch Kimmerling and Joel S. Migdal
Harvard University Press. 1994

Religious Radicalism and Politics in the Middle East
Editors Emmanuel Sivan and Menachem Friedman
State University of New York Press. 1990

A Review of Scientific Literature as it Pertains to Gulf War Illnesses: Vol.5: Chemical and Biological Agents
William S. Augerson
RAND. 2000

Rural Development in Eurasia and the Middle East: Land Reform, Demographic Change, and Environmental Constraints
Kurt E. Engelmann and Vjeran Pavlakovic, editors
University of Washington Press. 2001

The Transformation of Palestinian Politics: From Revolution to State-Building
Barry Rubin
Harvard University Press. 2001

Turmoil In the Middle East: Imperialism, War, and Political Instability
Berch Berberoglu
State University of New York Press. 1999

War, Institutions and Social Change in the Middle East
Editor Steven Heydemann
University of California Press. 2000

Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East
Joel Beinin
Cambridge University Press. 2001


Allies Divided: Transatlantic Policies for the Greater Middle East
Editors Robert D. Blackwill and Michael Sturmer
The MIT Press. 1997

America’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood
Lawrence Davidson
University Press of Florida. 2001

Beyond the Handshake: Multilateral Cooperation in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process, 1991-1996
Dalia Dassa Kaye
Columbia University Press.

Ethnic Conflict and International Politics in the Middle East
Leonard Binder
University Press of Florida. 1999

The Gulf Conflict, 1990-1991: Diplomacy and War in the New World Order
Lawrence Freedman and Efraim Karsh
Princeton University Press. 1995

The Gulf War and the New World Order: International Relations of the Middle East
Tareq Y. Ismael and Jacqueline S. Ismael
University Press of Florida. 1994

Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict since 1967
William B. Quandt
University of California Press, co-published with Brookings Institution Press. 2001


After the End: Representations of Post-Apocalypse
James Berger
University of Minnesota Press. 1999

Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief
Pauline Boss
Harvard University Press. 2000

Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals
Rabbi Earl Grollman
Beacon Press. 1995

Coping With Trauma
Jon G. Allen, Ph.D.
American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. 1999

Covering Violence: A Guide to Ethical Reporting about Victims and Trauma
William Coté and Roger Simpson
Columbia University Press.

Humanitarian Crises: The Medical and Public Health Response
Jennifer Leaning, Susan Briggs, and Lincoln C. Chen
Harvard University Press. 1999

Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor Frankl
Beacon Press. 1992

Overcoming Traumatic Stress
Claudia Herbert and Ann Wetmore
New York University Press. 2001

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder:Acute and Long-Term Responses to Trauma and Disaster
Editors Carol S. Fullerton, Ph.D., and Robert J. Ursano, M.D.
American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. 1997

Preparing the U.S. Army for Homeland Security
Eric Larson, John Peters
RAND. 2001

Psychological Trauma
Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.
American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. 1986

Responding to Disaster:A Guide for Mental Health Professionals
Editor Linda S. Austin, M.D.
American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. 1992

Sorrow’s Company: Writers on Loss and Grief
Edited by DeWitt Henry
Beacon Press. 2001

A Study of Crisis
Michael Brecher and Jonathan Wilkenfeld
The University of Michigan Press.

Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions
Martha Nussbaum
Cambridge University Press. 2001

A War of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Twentieth Century
Ben Shephard
Harvard University Press. 2001


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