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Paperback | $16.95 Short | £11.95 | ISBN: 9780262581974 | 215 pp. | 5.9 x 8.8 in | August 2000

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Terrorism and America

A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society


The bombings of the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the Oklahoma City federal building have shown that terrorist attacks can happen anywhere in the United States. In this book, Philip Heymann argues that the United States and other democracies can fight terrorism while preserving liberty and maintaining a healthy, unified society. Drawing on his experience in the US Departments of State and Justice, he shows how domestic and foreign intelligence-gathering can thwart terrorism, how the United States must cooperate and share information with its allies, and how terrorism can be prevented in many cases. Heymann has written a new introduction for the paperback edition.

About the Author

Philip B. Heymann is James Barr Ames Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a former Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He is author of Terrorism, Freedom, and Security (2003) and Preserving Liberty in an Age of Terror (2005), both published by the MIT Press.


"A useful contribution to the growing body of work on terrorism.", Ronald Payne, Times Literary Supplement

"Heymann offers a range of intelligent... suggestions for handling traditional terrorist threats, from avoiding concessions, cooperating with allies, and prosecuting suspects, to relying on crack hostage-rescue teams or military retaliation where appropriate. He makes a persuasive case for avoiding overreaction, arguing both that it would be tragic for democracies to abandon their cherished freedoms and principles in a quest for absolute security and that there is little reason to believe that a heavy-handed approach to counter-terrorism would work.", Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs


"In an area burdened with cliches, this book is a breeze of sanity and wisdom... It is must reading for every person concerned with coping with terrorism in a democratic society."
Professor Ariel Merari, Head of the Political Violence Unit, Tel Aviv University, and founder and former commander of Israel's Hostage Negotiations and Crisis Management Team