Lessons of Terror A History of Warfare Against Civilians

ISBN-10: 0375760741
ISBN-13: 9780375760747
Edition: 2003
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Description: Military historian Caleb Carr’s groundbreaking work anticipated America’s current debates on preemptive military action against terrorist sponsor states, reorganization of the American intelligence system, and the treatment of terrorists as soldiers  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Military historian Caleb Carr’s groundbreaking work anticipated America’s current debates on preemptive military action against terrorist sponsor states, reorganization of the American intelligence system, and the treatment of terrorists as soldiers in supranational armies rather than as criminals. Carr’s authoritative exploration demonstrates that the practice of terrorism, employed by national armies as well as extremists since the days of ancient Rome, is ultimately self-defeating. Far from prompting submission, it stiffens enemy resolve and never leads to long-lasting success. Controversial on its initial publication in 2002, The Lessons of Terror has been repeatedly validated by subsequent events. Carr’s analysis of individual terrorist acts, and particularly of the history of the Middle East conflict, is fundamental to a deep understanding of the roots of terrorism as well as the steps and reforms that must be taken if the continuing threat of terrorist behavior is to be met effectively today and, finally, eradicated tomorrow.

Caleb Carr, a lifetime resident of New York, was born in 1955 and grew up on the Lower East Side. His father was an editor and close friend to famous Beat Generation writers, such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Although Carr was personally exposed to their style of writing and Bohemian lifestyles, he chose to take his own work in a different direction. Where the Beat writers wrote purely from expression and feelings, Caleb Carr's works are diligently researched and known for their historical accuracy. Caleb Carr developed a love of history at a young age, acquiring a keen interest in military history while attending a Quaker high school. This interest led him to major in history at Kenyon College and NYU. Notable works by Caleb Carr are The Alienist, which was on the New York Times' bestseller list for 24 weeks; The Devil Soldier; and Angel of Darkness. In addition to writing fiction, Carr is a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
A Catastrophe, Not A Cure
Dulce Bellum Inexpertis
Industry and Cunning
Covenants Without the Sword
Honor Has No Effect on Them
To Preach Hatred
Violence to Its Utmost Bounds
Fascinated by Terror
This Fundamentally Repugnant Philosophy
Shake Hands with Murder
Epilogue: Profit or Preservation?
Selected Bibliography: General Sources
Index

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