Book Review, Terrorist Recognition Handbook: A Practitioner's Manual for Predicting and Identifying Terrorist Activities
The Homeland Security Review, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Summer 2008)
9 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2015
Date Written: Summer 2008
Malcolm W. Nance deftly describes and analyzes modern-day terrorist activity in his 2008 Second Edition of the Terrorist Recognition Handbook. This work is a tribute to Nance's wide-ranging experience, and a showcase of substantial ability in the printed accumulation, analysis, and assemblage of unclassified information on terrorist tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), enhanced with graphics from various sources and of varying quality. While a 463-page work measuring 6 1/8" x 9 1/4" is something more than a pocket-sized "handbook," Nance's compilation comes in a format that would be attractive to the casual reader as well as homeland, national security, and law enforcement professionals.
Comprised of 21 chapters in six sections, Nance's latest iteration of this handbook carries over much material from the first four sections of his previous edition - "Know the Terrorist", "Identifying the Terrorist Group and Its Cells", "Detection of Key Terrorist Activities", and "Predicting An Attack". In this latest edition though, he adds a section on "The New Fields of Terror", new supplemental data, a "bibliography" (sic) and appendices appearing as a sixth section.
Keywords: Terrorism, Counterterrorism, Recognition, Handbook, Prediction, Identification, Prevention, Homeland Security, National Defense, Military
JEL Classification: K14, H56, 015, J70
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