The United States and Terrorism: An Ironic Perspective (Hardback)
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The United States and Terrorism: An Ironic Perspective (Hardback)

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Hardback 226 Pages / Published: 21/04/2015
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Terrorism didn't always get bad press. In fact, terror bombing was indispensable to winning World War II, and during the Cold War the threat of nuclear annihilation became the strategy to deter war between the superpowers. In this work, Ron Hirschbein discusses the competing definitions of terrorism and shows how the notion of terrorism has evolved since World War II from being a tool to win the war to becoming the United States' nemesis.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442237773
Number of pages: 226
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 20 mm


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Hirschbein has a wry, engaging, and insightful perspective on the US and terrorism. He reminds readers that `terrorism didn't always get a bad press.' During WW II, the US government celebrated the terror bombings of Germany and Japan and during the Cold War extolled the virtue of nuclear terrorism as an indispensable strategy to deter war among superpowers. More recently, however, the American government views terrorism as evil, the illegitimate and intolerable actions of its enemies. Hirschbein's thesis is that the calculated use of violence to accomplish goals in foreign policy, regardless of whether defined as terrorism, rarely accomplishes the goals of the perpetrators (even when the perpetrator is the US government). . . .[H]e raises issues worthy of attention from ethicists, historians, political scientists, and everyone else concerned with the future of humanity. . . .[T]he book is a fascinating collection of provocative observations that should not be ignored. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. * CHOICE *
Ron Hirschbein is an ironist, a man of the left who takes exception to American exceptionalism, one whose professional mission is to bring to light the mismatch between elite-produced propaganda and 'what's really going on.' * Chico Enterprise-Record *
[The book combines] a candid, hard-hitting analysis with unexpected ironic observation in exploring the myths and propaganda in terrorist experiences. . . .[This book is] a college-level reference perfect for political science debates and terrorist history studies alike. * Midwest Book Review *
With razor-sharp analysis and searing wit, Ron Hirschbein exposes the inglorious history of the world's most powerful concept today: terrorism. Peeling back the layers of myth and propaganda in prevailing accounts of terrorism, Hirschbein outlines an alternative history of the way in which the concept has affected US foreign and domestic policy over time. If you ever wondered how the US wound up at Abu Ghraib, Camp X-Ray or using drones to kill children, this book is for you. Rigorous, insightful, and deeply ethical, this is academic criticism at its very best. -- Richard Jackson, Director, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand
A groundbreaking, highly-readable book designed for those willing to rethink, without prejudice, what they thought previously to be self-evident and undeniable in U.S. foreign policy. -- Ovadia Ezra, Tel Aviv University
Witty and ironic, Ron Hirshbein's book is also deadly serious. Here we have a first-rate account of how America's excessive and self-interested uses of terror have resulted in the futility of our present war on terror. It is a must-read for everyone concerned with terrorism and American military affairs. -- Robert Paul Churchill, Elton Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University
Ron Hirschbein's latest book lays bare the myriad contradictions in `the war on terror'. Rarely has such a dark topic had such a light touch, thanks to his inimitable, provocative and oh-so-readable style. -- Graeme Orr, professor, University of Queensland, Australia

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