Bibliography: Inside Terrorist  Organisations

Bibliography: Inside Terrorist  Organisations

Monographs, edited volumes, journal articles and literature of other kinds selected

by Eric Price


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Anderson, W. (2003) The ETA: Spain's Basque Terrorists. New York: Rosen Pub. Group

Asencio, D. & N. & Tobias, R. (1983) Our Man is Inside. Boston: Little, Brown

Baracskay, D. (2011) The Palestinian Liberation Organization: Terrorism and Prospects for Peace in the Holy Land. Westport, Conn: Praeger Security International

Baer, S. (2003) Peru's MRTA: Tupac Amarú Revolutionary Movement New York: Rosen Pub. Group

Bergen, P.L. (2001) Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden. New York: Free Press

Berko, A. (2007) The Path to Paradise: The Inner World of Suicide Bombers and Their Dispatchers. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Security International

Bongar, B. (et al.) (eds.) (2006). Psychology of Terrorism. New York: Oxford University Press

Byers, A. (2003) Lebanon's Hezbollah. New York: Rosen Pub. Group

Collins, E. (1997) Killing Rage. London: Granta Books

Crenshaw, M. (2001) Terrorism in Context. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press

Crosston, M. (2006) Fostering Fundamentalism: Terrorism, Democracy and American Engagement in Central Asia. Aldershot, UK; Burlington, VT: Ashgate

Davis, D.W. (2010) The Phinehas Priesthood: Violent Vanguard of the Christian Identity Movement. Westport, Conn: Praeger Security International

Delrue, G. (2012) Le Blanchiment de Capitaux et le Financement du Terrorisme [in French] Witwassen en Financiering van Terrorisme [also available in Dutch] Antwerp: Editions Maklu

Derkins, S. (2003) The Irish Republican Army. New York: Rosen Pub. Group

Diederich, B. (2011) The Price of Blood: History of Repression and Rebellion in Haiti under Dr. François Duvalier, 1957-1961. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers

Dingley, J. (2012) The IRA: The Irish Republican Army. Westport. Conn: Praeger Security International

Doyle, N. (2006) Terror Base UK: Inside a Secret War. Edinburgh: Mainstream

Eccarius-Kelly, V. (2010) The Militant Kurds: A Dual Strategy for Freedom. Westport, Conn: Praeger Security International

Eichstaedt, P.H. (2010) Pirate State: Inside Somalia's Terrorism at Sea. Chicago, Ill.: Lawrence Hill Books

Emerson, S.A. & Del Sesto, C. (1991) Terrorist: The Inside Story of the Highest-Ranking Iraqi Terrorist Ever to Defect to the West. New York: Villard Books

Esposito, A.F. (ed.) (2010) Al Qaeda: Background, Evolution, and Assessment. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers

Flynn, K. & Gerhardt, G. (1989) The Silent Brotherhood: Inside America's Racist Underground. New York: Free Press; London: Collier Macmillan

Forest, J. (ed.) (2007) Teaching Terror: Strategic and Tactical Learning in the Terrorist World. Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield

Forest, J. (ed.) (2005) The Making of a Terrorist, Vol. 2: Training. Westport, Conn. Praeger Security International

Frantz, D. & Collins, C. (2007) The Nuclear Jihadist: The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World's Most Dangerous Secrets - and How we Could Have Stopped Him. New York: Twelve

Gallagher, A. (2003) The Japanese Red Army. New York: Rosen Pub. Group

Gerges, F.A. (2006) Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt

Gunaratna, R. (2003) Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror. New York: Berkley Books

Hall, D. (et al.) (2008) Into the Devil's Den: How an FBI Informant got Inside the Aryan Nations and a Special Agent Got Him out Alive. New York: Ballantine Books

Hamid, T. (2007) Inside Jihad: Understanding and Confronting Radical Islam. London: Abdelhamid

Hoffman, B. (2006) Inside Terrorism. New York: Columbia University Press

Holmes, L. (ed.) (2007) Terrorism, Organised Crime and Corruption: Networks and Linkages: Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar

Horgan, J. (2012) Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland’s Dissident Terrorists. New York: Oxford University Press

Husain, E. (2007) The Islamist. Bury St. Edmunds, UK: Penguin Books

Jaber, H. (1997) Hezbollah: Born with a Vengeance. New York: Columbia University Press

Jackson, B. (2005) Aptitude for Destruction, Vol. 1: Organizational Learning in Terrorist Groups and its Implications for Combating Terrorism. Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation

Jackson, B., Baker, J.C., et al. (2005). Aptitude for Destruction. Vol. 2: Case Studies of Organizational Learning in Five Terrorist Groups. Santa Monica: Rand Corporation.

Jacoby, R. (2011) Bloodlust: On the Roots of Violence from Cain and Abel to the Present. New York: Free Press

Jefferis, J. (2011) Armed for Life: The Army of God and Anti-Abortion Terror in the United States. Westport. Conn: Praeger Security International

Jorisch, A. (2004) Beacon of Hatred: Inside Hizballah's Al-Manar Television. Washington, DC: Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Kenney, M. (2006) From Pablo to Osama: Trafficking and Terrorist Networks, Government Bureaucracies, and Competitive Adaptation. Penn State University Press

Khosrokhavar, F. (2009) Inside Jihadism: Understanding Jihadi Movements Worldwide. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers

Krueger, A. (2008) What Makes a Terrorist? Economics and the Roots of Terrorism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press

Kuriansky, J. (ed.) (2006) Terror in the Holy Land: Inside the Anguish of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Westport, Conn.: Praeger

Lia, B. (2008) Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of al-Qaida Strategist Abu Musʻab al-Suri. New York: Columbia University Press

Lunis, N. (2012) The Takedown of Osama bin Laden. New York: Bearport Pub.

Margulies, P. (2003) Al Qaeda: Osama bin Laden's Army of Terrorists. New York: Rosen Pub. Group

Meade, R. (1990) Red Brigades: The Story of Italian Terrorism. New York: St. Martin's

Miller, J., et al. (2002) The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot and Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop it. New York: Hyperion [*]

Neangoda, S.M.J. (2007) Terrorism in Sri Lanka, The Whole Truth. Colombo: Annual Publication Dept., Associated Newspapers of Ceylon

Norval, M. (1990) Inside the ANC: The Evolution of a Terrorist Organization. Washington, D.C. Selous Foundation Press

O'Neill, B.E. (1990) Insurgency & Terrorism: Inside Modern Revolutionary Warfare. Washington: Brassey's

Orr, T. (2003) Egyptian Islamic Jihad. New York, NY: Rosen Pub. Group

Petterson, D. (2003) Inside Sudan: Political Islam, Conflict, and Catastrophe. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press [*]

Ramakrishna, K. (2009) Radical Pathways: Understanding Muslim Radicalization in Indonesia. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Security International

Rapoport, D.C. (ed.) (2001) Inside Terrorist Organizations. London; Portland, OR: F. Cass [*]

Reed, J.T. & Raschke, D. (2010) The ETIM: China’s Islamic Militants and the Global Terrorist Threat. Westport, Conn: Praeger Security International

Reich, W. (ed.) (1980) Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson

Richardson, L. (2006) What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat .New York: Random House

Robinson, A. (2011) Bin Laden: The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of the Most Notorious Terrorist in History. New York: Arcade Pub.

Rosaler, M. (2003) Hamas: Palestinian Terrorists. New York: Rosen Pub. Group

Rosenberg, J. C. (2011) Inside the Revolution. Carol Stream, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers


Journal Articles

Abrahms, M. (2004) Are Terrorists Really Rational? The Palestinian Example. Orbis 48 (3, Summer) pp.533–549

Abrahms, Max. 2008. “What Terrorists Really Want: Terrorist Motives and Counterterrorism Strategy.” International Security 32 (4): 78–105.

Berman, E., et al. (2011) Do Working Men Rebel? Insurgency and Unemployment in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines. Journal of Conflict Resolution 55 (4) pp.496-528

Berman, E. & Laitin, D.D. (2008) Religion, Terrorism and Public Goods: Testing the Club Model. Journal of Public Economics 92, pp.1942–67

Brown, C. (2011) Gangs and Terrorist: Dangerous Classmates in Minnesota’s Somali Community. Journal of Terrorism Research 2(1)

Ceres, A. (2005) The Impact of ‘New Technology' on the ‘Red Brigades' Italian Terrorist Organisation: The Progressive Modernisation of a Terrorist Movement Active in Italy since the 1970s. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research 11 (2, June) pp. 193-222

Chenoweth, E., et al. (2009) What Makes Terrorists Tick? International Security 33 (4, Spring) pp.180-202 [*]

Clubb, G. (2009) Re-evaluating the Disengagement Process: The Case of Fatah. Perspectives on Terrorism 3(3)

Cronin, A.K. (2006). How al-Qaida Ends: The Decline and Demise of Terrorist Groups International Security 31 (1, Summer) pp.7-48

Dechesne, M. (2012) What’s in a Name? The Representation of Terrorism Using Political Organization Names. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research 5 (3) 2012 pp. 269-288

De la Corte, L. (2007) Explaining Terrorism: A Psychosocial Approach. Perspectives on Terrorism 1 (2) 2007

Drozdova, K. & Samoilov, M. (2010) Predictive Analysis of Concealed Social Network Activities Based on Communication Technology Choices: Early-Warning Detection of Attack Signals from Terrorist Organizations. Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory 16 (1) pp. 61-88

Fair, C.C., et al. (2012) Islam, Militancy, and Politics in Pakistan: Insights from a National Sample. Terrorism and Political Violence, 22 (4, September) pp.495-521

Fleet, D.D., et al. (2006) Internal Terrorists: The Terrorists Inside Organizations. Journal of Managerial Psychology 21 (8) pp.763-774

Forest, J. (2012) Kidnapping by Terrorist Groups, 1970-2010: Is Ideological Orientation Relevant? Crime and Delinquency 58(5)

Forest, J. (2009) Influence Warfare and Modern Terrorism. Georgetown Journal of International Affairs 10(1), p. 81-90

Hoffman, B. (2008) The Reality of Grass-Roots Terrorism. Foreign Affairs 87 (July/August) pp. 163-165

Horgan, J. (2008). De-radicalization or Disengagement? Perspectives on Terrorism 2 (4)

Horgan, J. (2006). Disengaging from Terrorism. Jane’s Intelligence Review 18 (12) pp. 34–37.

Horgan, J. & Taylor, M. (2003). Playing the Green Card: Financing the Provisional IRA, Part 2. Terrorism and Political Violence 15 (2) pp. 1-60.

Horgan, J. & M. Taylor. (1999) Playing the Green Card: Financing the Provisional IRA, Part 1. Terrorism and Political Violence 11(2) (Summer) pp. 1-38.

Jackson, Brian. (2001). Technology Acquisition by Terrorist Groups. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 24 (3) pp. 183-213

Konrad, K.A. (2004) The Investment Problem in Terrorism. Economica 71 (283) pp.449-459

Lake, D.A. (2002) Rational Extremism: Understanding Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century. Dialog-IO 1 (Spring) pp.15-29 []

Makarenko, T. (2004) The Crime-Terror Continuum: Tracing the Interplay between Transnational Organised Crime and Terrorism. Global Crime 6 (1) pp.129-145

McCormick, G.H. (2003) Terrorist Decision Making. Annual Review of Political Science 6 (June) pp.473-507

Mueller, J. & Mueller, K. (2000) The Methodology of Mass Destruction: Assessing Threats in the New World Order. Journal of Strategic Studies 23(1) 163-187.

Nedoroscik, J.A. (2002) Extremist Groups in Egypt. Terrorism and Political Violence 14 (2, Summer) pp.47-76

Oots, K.L. (1990) Bargaining with Terrorists: Organizational Considerations. Terrorism 13 (2, January) pp.145-158

O'Rourke, L (2009) What's Special about Female Suicide Terrorism? Security Studies 18 (4) pp.681-718

Pape, R.A. (2003) The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism. American Political Science Review 97, pp.343-61

Reinares, F. (2004) Who Are the Terrorists? Analyzing Changes in Sociological Profile Among Members of ETA. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 27 (6) pp.465-488

Ripley, A., et al. (2001) The Terrorists' Lairs. Time 158 (23, November 26), p.55

Ribetti, M. (2007) The Unveiled Motivations of Violence in Intra-State Conflicts: The Colombian Guerrillas. Small Wars & Insurgencies 18 (4, December) pp.699-720

Shapiro, J.N. & Fair, C.C. (2010) Understanding Support for Islamist Militancy in Pakistan. International Security 34 (3,Winter) pp.79-118

Shapiro, J.N. & Siegel, D. A. (2007). Underfunding in Terrorist Organizations. International Studies Quarterly 51 (2) pp.405-429

Speckhard, A. & Ahkmedova, K. (2006). The Making of a Martyr: Chechen Suicide Terrorism. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 29 (5, August) pp.429-492

Speckhard, A. (2008) The Emergence of Female Suicide Terrorists. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism  31 (11, November) pp.995-1023

Staniland, P. (2009) What Makes Terrorists Tick. International Security 33, pp.180-202

Tucker, D. (2001) What is New about the New Terrorism and How Dangerous is It? Terrorism and Political Violence 13 (3) pp.1-14

Victoroff, J. (2005) The Mind of the Terrorist: A Review and Critique of Psychological Approaches. Journal of Conflict Resolution 49 (1, February) pp.3-42

Wege, C. (2008) The Hizballah Security Apparatus, Perspectives on Terrorism, 2 (7). []

Weinberg, L. (1991) Turning to Terror: The Conditions under Which Political Parties Turn to Terrorist Activities. Comparative Politics 23 (July) pp.423-438

Weinberg, L. & Eubank, W. (1990) Political Parties and the Formation of Terrorist Groups. Terrorism and Political Violence 2 (2) pp.25-144

Wintrobe, R. (2006) Extremism, Suicide Terror, and Authoritarianism. Public Choice 128 (July) pp.169-195


Wilson, D.C., et al. (2010) Extreme Events, Organizations and the Politics of Strategic Decision Making. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal 23 (5) pp.699-721

Yousafzai, S. & Moreau, R. (2010) Inside Al Qaeda. Newsweek 156 (11, September 13) p.30



Selected Literature of Other Kinds

Boshoff, H. (2011) Fear in the City; Urban Terrorism in South Africa

Brahimi, A. (2010) The Taliban’s Evolving Ideology. LSE Global Governance, UK

Cragin, R.K. (2007) Learning to Survive: The Case of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). In: J.  Forest (ed.) Teaching Terror: Strategic and Tactical Learning in the Terrorist World. Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield

Davis, V. (2012) Reading Anonymity: Narrative Difference and Framework Selection in the Claiming of Terrorist Violence [thesis] University of St. Andrews

Drake, C.J.M. (1997) The Factors Which Influence the Selection of Physical Targets by Terrorist Groups [thesis] University of St. Andrews

Fishman, B. (ed.) (2008) Bombers, Bank Accounts & Bleedout: Al-Qa’ida’s Road In and Out of Iraq. West Point, N.Y.: Combating Terrorism Center

Felter, J. (et al.) (2006) Harmony and Disharmony: Exploiting al-Qa’ida’s Organizational Vulnerabilities. West Point, N.Y: Combating Terrorism Center

Gunaratna, R. (2007) Al Qaeda’s Lose and Learn Doctrine: The Trajectory from Oplan Bojinka to 9/11 [in] Forest, J. (ed.) Teaching Terror: Strategic and Tactical Learning in the Terrorist World. Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield

Gunaratna, R. (2000) Dynamics of Diaspora-Supported Terrorist Networks: Factors and Conditions Driving and Dampening International Support for PIRA, LTTE, PKK and Kashmiri groups [thesis] University of St. Andrews

Hairgrove, F., McLeod, D.M. & Shah, D.V. (2009) Strategic Uses of the Internet by Hizbut Tahrir-Indonesia. In: J.  Forest (ed.) Influence Warfare. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Security International

Jackson, B.A. (2005) Training for Urban Resistance: The Case of the Provisional Irish Republican Army. In: J.  Forest (ed.) The Making of a Terrorist, Vol. 2: Training. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Security International.

Jones, S. & Libicki, M. (2008) How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al-Qa'ida. Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND

Levitt, M. (2005) Hamas Social Welfare: In the Service of Terror. In: J. Forest (ed.) The Making of a Terrorist, Vol. 1: Recruitment. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Security International

Martin, N.S. (2011) From Parliamentarianism to Terrorism and Back Again [thesis] The University of Texas at Austin

McNassar, J. L. (1977) Sociopolitical Radicalism: The Making of Martyrs, an Assessment of Past and Current Methods of Recruitment and Socialization Applied by Radical Islamic Terror Groups [thesis] Washington State University

Ortiz, R.D. (2007) Renew to Last: Innovation and Strategy of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In: J.  Forest (ed.) Teaching Terror: Strategic and Tactical Learning in the Terrorist World. Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield

Parachini, J.V. (2005) The Making of Aum Shinrikyo’s Chemical Weapons Program. In: J. Forest (ed.) The Making of a Terrorist, Vol. 2: Training. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Security International

Ramakrishna, K. (2005) Indoctrination Processes within Jemaah Islamiyah. In: J. Forest, (ed.) The Making of a Terrorist, Vol. 2: Training. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Security International

Rasmussen, M.J. & Hafez, M.M. (2010). Terrorist Innovations in Weapons of Mass Effect: Preconditions, Causes, and Predictive Indicators. Workshop Report. Naval Postgraduate School

Richards, A. (2003) Political Fronts of Terrorist Groups: A Comparative Study of Northern Ireland Political Fronts, Their Evolution, Roles and Potential for Attaining Political Change [thesis] University of St. Andrews

Shapiro, J. (2007) Terrorist Organizations’ Vulnerabilities and Inefficiencies: A Rational Choice Perspective. In: H. Trinkunas & Giraldo, J.K. (eds.) Terrorist Financing in Comparative Perspective Stanford: Stanford University Press

Shapiro, J.N. & Siegel, D.A. (2011) Moral Hazard, Discipline, and the Management of Terrorist Organizations Princeton University


US. Department of State (2004) Compilation of Usama Bin Ladin Statements: 1994-January 2004 Washington, DC: Foreign Broadcast Information Service []

Weimann, G. (2009) When Fatwas Clash Online: Terrorist Debates on the Internet. In: J. Forest (ed.) Influence Warfare. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Security International

Wittig, T. S. (2009) Power, Value, and the Individual Exchange: Towards an Improved Conceptualization of Terrorist Finance [thesis] University of St. Andrews


About the Compiler: Eric Price was for many years librarian at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. Since his retirement, he works as an Editorial Assistant for Perspectives on Terrorism.


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