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TERRORISM ON AMERICAN SOIL
A Concise History of Plots and Perpetrators from the Famous to the Forgotten
Joseph T. McCann
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 led most American citizens to feel that we are no longer safe and secure in our communities. However, terrorism is not a new phenomenon in the United States. This book chronicles 37 such assaults on American soil from the end of the Civil War to the present day. Not only are the most infamous attacks discussed; events that are obscure and relatively unknown-but fascinating nonetheless-are detailed as well.
These accounts illustrate important lessons about the changing nature of terrorism; methods for coping with the threat; and the psychological, political, and legal principles that help us understand the issues involved.
Not a technical or scholarly treatise, Terrorism on American Soil deals with this provocative subject in a highly readable style, using a narrative case-study format that has been successful in the popular true crime genre. The author provides details of the perpetrators, their motives, and the social and political context in which each event took place, and offers a new perspective on some of the attacks.
Joseph McCann is a clinical and forensic psychologist, an attorney, and an expert on terrorism. He teaches about the psychological and legal aspects of terrorism at State University of New York, serves as a member of his regional terrorism and emergency preparedness committee, and is a consultant to law enforcement agencies on terrorist matters.
What others have said about Terrorism on American Soil
"Dr. McCann drives homes the context for understanding uniquely American issues in terrorism. His approach brings freshness to an area that has far too many 'me-too' books. I want all the law enforcement, human resource and counterintelligence professionals I train to read it."
—James T. Turner, Ph.D., President,
International Assessment Services, Inc, and co-author of
Threat Assessment: A Risk Management Approach