*** The War on Terrorism: A Collision of Values, Strategies, and Societies. By Thomas A. Johnson; published by CRC Press, www.crcpress.com; 369 pages; $79.95.
Terrorism is such an enormously complex phenomenon that each of its many facets provides fertile ground for research. The War on Terrorism: A Collision of Values, Strategies, and Societies, one of the latest in the crowded field of terrorism textbooks, examines the effect of globalization on terrorism. Author Thomas Johnson’s premise appears to be that contemporary terrorism results fundamentally from radical Islamists’ rejection of globalism. Any effective U.S. national security policy, he argues, must address this.
With this focal point, Johnson addresses the major aspects of terrorism, including goals and objectives and targets and tactics. He also devotes considerable attention to the history, organization, and activities of the international intelligence community, and projects future trends in global terrorism. The book concludes with nearly 150 pages of appendices that include copies of several reports by various U.S. and British government agencies and commissions.
The War on Terrorism would make a useful introductory textbook on Islamist terrorism were it not so drastically overpriced. The book does not contain much information not already available elsewhere, which mitigates its value. If you want this type of review, check this one out of the library.
Reviewer: Mayer Nudell, CSC, is an independent consultant on crisis management, contingency planning, and related issues.