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    Review: "[Counterterrorism] is an excellent reference for both graduate and undergraduate students..."

    Posted by Lindsay White on Mar 12, 2014 10:24:04 AM

    MarasCTSecurity Management magazine recently published a review on Counterterrorism, authored by Marie-Helen Maras:

    "The author of Counterterrorism is eminently qualified to write a book on this important topic. She served seven years in counter-surveillance operations for Naval Intelligence, holds several degrees including a Ph.D. from Oxford University, and is currently teaching at New York University and at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. So it is not surprising that she has written one of the most informative textbooks on the subject to have been published since 9-11.

    Counterterrorism uses a multidisciplinary approach to explain all aspects of terrorism in the ever-changing modern world. The book examines the global threat of terrorism and the driving forces behind the measures implemented to combat its spread. The author provides a detailed account of the most significant terrorist groups, and she does so without focusing on al Qaeda at the expense of other domestic and international terrorist groups. She also discusses counterterrorism practices in a number of different fields such as law, public policy, and administration security.

    The work is extremely useful for security professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of terrorism beyond al Qaeda. It is also an excellent reference for both graduate and undergraduate students who are considering careers in areas concerned with the growing threat of terrorism."

    Reviewed by Charles Schnabolk, PSP, senior partner of The Security Design Group, was a member of the nation's first counterterrorism task force convened by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Security Management magazine, November 2013 issue.
    Visit the Security Management website to read the full review.

    Here is what others had to say about this comprehensive and timely resource:

    "I would strongly recommend this text for an upper division undergraduate Counterterrorism text. The text has several outstanding features including the case examples, hypothetical exercises, and a balanced representation between theory and application. In addition, I appreciate the multidisciplinary approach to explaining terrorism in the ever-changing, modern world."

    -Cara Rabe-Hemp, Illinois State University

    "[Counterterrorism] has the appropriate focus on the key social science issues.  It places the study of counterterrorism where it should be: in the traditions of Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration. Every employer we talked to when we created our program in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at VCU stressed that they wanted their employment candidates to have the social science background.  They wanted them to have a liberal arts education, not a training program.  This book is the best I’ve seen in that context."

    -William Newmann, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Visit our website to learn more about Counterterrorism.

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