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Same Priorities, Different Perspectives: Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff on Homeland Security

Homeland Security Affairs, 2009

THE TEST OF OUR TIMES: AMERICA UNDER SIEGE...AND HOW WE CAN BE SAFE AGAIN, Thomas Ridge, Larry Bloom, eds., St. Martin's Press, 2009

HOMELAND SECURITY, ASSESSING THE FIRST FIVE YEARS, Michael Chertoff, ed., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009

10 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2010  

Stephanie Cooper Blum

Department of Homeland Security ; Michigan State University

Date Written: January 18, 2010

Abstract

Former Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff have each published historical retrospectives on homeland security and their experiences leading the government’s newest department. In this review, Ms. Blum discusses the highlights of each book and provides a comparative analysis. While Ridge focuses on the politics of homeland security, his own internal struggles, and the state and local perspective, Chertoff focuses on placing Islamic terrorism in its proper historical context and the capabilities of the federal government to solve homeland security problems.

Keywords: Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, homeland security

Suggested Citation

Blum, Stephanie Cooper, Same Priorities, Different Perspectives: Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff on Homeland Security (January 18, 2010). Homeland Security Affairs, 2009; HOMELAND SECURITY, ASSESSING THE FIRST FIVE YEARS, Michael Chertoff, ed., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1538581

Stephanie Cooper Blum (Contact Author)

Department of Homeland Security ( email )

United States

Michigan State University

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

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