AUTHORCameron, Gavin
TITLENuclear Terrorism: A Threat Assessment for the 21st Century
PUBLISHERSt. Martin’s Press
CITYNew York, NY

This book addresses the probability of a terrorist group acquiring and using a nuclear weapon. It first examines the individual and group psychology of terrorists, from religious to ideological groups, and then assesses the desire different groups of terrorists might have to actually acquire and use, or threaten to use, a nuclear device to further their purposes. The author considers the feasibility of constructing or acquiring a nuclear-yield device and concludes that the inherent difficulty of that task would most likely result in the use instead of a radiological dispersal device (RDD), or “dirty bomb.” Finally the author argues that the changing nature of terrorism increases the threat of mass-destructive violence. The book provides a useful guide to research on all aspects of terrorism.

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