Naval War College Review


Sam J. Tangredi


The shock of the 11 September attacks prompted an immediate renewal of pub- lic interest in books on terrorism, a genre that attracted considerable attention in the 1970s but had since maintained primarily an academic readership. Sales of books on terrorist groups, Islamic fundamentalism, and American policies toward terrorism skyrocketed. Some are reissues, some are newly published scholarly works, while others advocate specific policies to be followed. To under- stand the current wisdom on this topic requires an examination of all three categories.