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The Great Terror War
Richard Falk

6" x 9" • 256 pages
ISBN 9781566564601 • paperback • $17.95

The horror of the events of September 11, 2001, remains indelible. The Great Terror War provides a much-needed examination of the attacks on the World Trade Center that links them to, while distinguishing them from, the breadth of more traditional forms of terrorism that have tormented the world since the Cold War and before. The author identifies what is profoundly new and different about this form of terrorism—its global reach and its adoption by hidden, globally situated non-state actors relying on the methods of mega-terrorism (the use of weapons of mass destruction, genocidal intent, and suicidal warriors).

Falk simultaneously relies upon and criticizes the discourse of the “war on terrorism” as a means of responding to current and preventing future terror attacks. After outlining a comprehensive historical framework, he goes on to provide new insights into the entire range of issues that must be addressed if terrorism is indeed to be eradicated: from creating and strengthening international legal tribunals with powerful enforcement capabilities; to changing US policies that result in political marginalization and unimaginable poverty and suffering around the world; to insisting on proportionality and the rule of law to govern all anti-terrorism efforts.


Richard Falk is the Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law and Practice at Princeton University's Center of International Studies. He is one of the foremost legal scholars proposing international law-based alternatives to US foreign policy failures. His most recent book is Religion and Humane Global Governance (2001), and he has written on terrorism in the past—including Revolutionaries and Functionaries: The Dual Face of Terrorism (1988).


Media Reviews
"In a passionate and critical evaluation of U.S. foreign policy, Falk applies his knowledge of international law and foreign relations to the current war on terror...This provocative book will spur debate. Highly recommended."
--Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

"Assesses the U.S. government's response to September 11, 2001 and reflects on the possibilities for minimizing terrorist threats. Much of his analysis is based on "Just war" theory that...judges the war in Afghanistan to have been necessary (if flawed) but sees no necessity for war against Iraq. Also addressed is the necessity to reformulate American foreign policy to minimize hostility, with a particular emphasis placed on providing a "fair solution" to the Palestinian problem."
--Book News, Inc.

"A reflection on ways in which the war on terrorism might be won and lost."
--Future Survey


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