Understanding the Enemy

What Terrorists Want

Louise Richardson

Random House, $25.95, 239 pp.

Louise Richardson, in her new book What Terrorists Want, offers a curiously bloodless account of terrorists and terrorism that is refreshingly devoid of the hysteria often associated with this highly charged subject. By studying terrorism as a phenomenon that has occurred all over the world, throughout human history, and that has been perpetrated by many different types of people and groups with myriad aspirations and motivations,...

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About the Author

Leslie Powell is director of Outreach and External Affairs of the Yale World Fellows Program.

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