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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Terrorism research resources: Books

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Browse the HV 6431 - HV 6433

stacks section of the library on the second floor for a large selection of books on terrorism.

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Selected titles at the library

book cover for The lessons of TerrorCarr, C. (2002). The lessons of terror: A history of warfare against civilians: Why it has always failed, and why it will fail again. New York: Random House.
Stacks - HV 6431 .C38 2002
Carr covers the history of international terrorism.



book cover image for The History of TerrorismChaliand, G. & Blin, A. (Eds.). (2007). The history of terrorism: From antiquity to Al Qaeda. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Stacks – HV6431.H5713 2007

Covers terrorism from prehistoric times to 9/11, including America’s anti-terrorism activities. It outlines a working definition of terrorism and covers terrorism in different regions of the world including Southeast Asia and Russia.

book cover image for Terrorism: Origins and evolutionLutz, J.M. and Lutz, B.J. (2005). Terrorism: Origins and evolution. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Stacks - HV6431 .L87 2005

The authors assert that terrorism is not a recent phenomenon, arguing that it has existed for 2000 years. They cover terrorism and the ancient world and discuss the classification and causes of terrorism.

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Abu Ghraib Prison

Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba)

Iraq War, 2003- -- Atrocities

National security – United States

Qaida (Organization)

September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001

State-sponsored terrorism

Terrorism – Finance

Terrorism – Government policy – United States

Terrorism – History

Terrorism – Prevention

Terrorists – Psychology

Torture -- Iraq

War on Terrorism, 2001-