Inside Terrorism

revised and expanded edition

Bruce Hoffman

Columbia University Press

Inside Terrorism

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Pub Date: June 2006

ISBN: 9780231126991

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Inside Terrorism

revised and expanded edition

Bruce Hoffman

Columbia University Press

Bruce Hoffman's Inside Terrorism has remained a seminal work for understanding the historical evolution of terrorism and the terrorist mindset. In this revised edition of the classic text, Hoffman analyzes the new adversaries, motivations, and tactics of global terrorism that have emerged in recent years, focusing specifically on how al Qaeda has changed since 9/11; the reasons behind its resiliency, resonance, and longevity; and its successful use of the Internet and videotapes to build public support and gain new recruits. Hoffman broadens the discussion by evaluating the potential repercussions of the Iraqi insurgency, the use of suicide bombers, terrorist exploitation of new communications media, and the likelihood of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear terrorist strike.

Closer to home, Hoffman reconsiders the Timothy McVeigh case and the threats posed by American Christian white supremacists and abortion opponents as well as those posed by militant environmentalists and animal rights activists. He argues that the attacks on the World Trade Center fundamentally transformed the West's view of the terrorist threat. More relevant and necessary than ever, Inside Terrorism continues to be the definitive work on the history and future of global terrorism.

For its historical and political examination of terrorism, Inside Terrorism is a valuable work.... It falls into the category of 'must read' at least for anyone who wants to understand how we can respond to international acts of terror.

Raymond Bonner, New York Times Book Review

A revised and expanded edition of the RAND scholar's classic work.

Atlantic Monthly

Hoffman's more rigorous appraisal, ought to be required reading as the rhetoric mounts this campaign season.

Aziz Huq, American Prospect

A must read to all academics or practitioners who are dealing with the issue of terrorism.

Brilliant... The best one-volume introduction to the phenomenon.

The Washington Post

Any collection strong in terrorist literature and military history will find Hoffman's analysis of ongoing importance.


One of the best primers on the subject.


The most widely read book on terrorism… [Its] comprehensiveness will greatly benefit its readers.

Joshua Sinai, The Washington Times

One of the Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International's 25 Top Books for Today's Bookshelf on Terrorism.

Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security International

A classic introduction to the subject.

Speakeasy, The Wall Street Journal
Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1. Defining Terrorism
2. The End of Empire and the Origins of Contemporary Terrorism
3. The Internationalization of Terrorism
4. Religion and Terrorism
5. Suicide Terrorism
6. The Old Media, Terrorism, and Public Opinion
7. The New Media, Terrorism, and the Shaping of Global Opinion
8. The Modern Terrorist Mind-set: Tactics, Targets, Tradecraft, and Technologies
9. Terrorism Today and Tomorrow
Web Features:

Bruce Hoffman discusses the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai

One of the Wall Street Journal's Must-Read Books on Terrorism of 2015

About the Author

Bruce Hoffman is a professor at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service and the director of its Center for Security Studies and its Security Studies Program, as well as a senior fellow at the U.S. Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center. He is also the author of Inside Terrorism (Columbia, 1998), now in its third edition.

Fernando Reinares is a professor of political science and security studies at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and a director of the Program on Global Terrorism at Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid, Spain. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the author of Al-Qaeda's Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings (Columbia, 2016).