Author: David P. Jacobsen
Publisher: Dutton Adult
The author recounts his seventeen-month ordeal as a hostage in Lebanon and discusses his release in exchange for weapons and the failure of America's anti-terrorism and hostage-rescue policies
Author: Sis Levin
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
The wife of a man kidnapped in Lebanon in 1984 tells how she dealt with the situation, originally waiting patiently for his release, later tiring of the State Department's meagre efforts and taking over the job herself
Author: Dejan Lukic
Publisher: A&C Black
Gripping exposé of the act of hostage-taking, and of being a hostage, in the spheres of war and terrorism in post-communist geographies of global Islam.
Author: Gus Martin
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Six years after publication of the first edition of the best-selling Encyclopedia of Terrorism, much has changed on the national security scene. Despite the dark promises of Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks, the United States has not experienced any major domestic terror incidents. Al-Qaeda itself is believed to be a severely crippled organization. But while U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq--not to mention the arrival of the Obama administration, a new balance of power within Congress, and an increasingly fragile economic picture--have significantly affected the national security picture, the threat of economic chaos and massive loss of life due to terror attacks has not abated. Indeed, in July 2008 analysts pointed out that even a relatively small terrorist organization could present a dire threat, with some experts arguing that a biological, chemical, or even nuclear attack on a major U.S. city is all but inevitable. In this highly charged, rapidly shifting environment, we are pleased to present the The SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Second Edition, a thoroughly updated and expanded edition of the original, highly regarded reference work. Nearly 100,000 words of new material will be added, along with fully updated original entries, and expanded coverage. New introductory essays will explore the impact of terrorism on economics, public health, religion, and even pop culture. Ethical issues such as the role of torture in interrogations, competing notions of security versus liberty, and the debates over FISA legislation and Guantanamo Bay will also be covered. Two dozen entries on significant recent events—such as the London bombings, Chechen attacks on Russian interests, and the rescue of Ingrid Bettancourt—and some 60 additional new entries will restore the work as an up-to-the-minute, natural first-stop for researchers.
Author: Kristina Ohlsson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
“Breathtaking.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) Investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman tackles a new case—this time involving the US government—in the next pulse-pounding book in Kristina Ohlsson’s internationally acclaimed crime series. Shortly after a crowded New York-bound Boeing 747 takes off from Stockholm, a bomb threat is found in one of the aircraft’s lavatories. The demands are directed at both the Swedish and US governments. Police superintendent Alex Recht teams up with the energetic and often abrasive Eden Lundell from the security service’s counterterrorism unit to deal with the hijacking. Fredrika Bergman, who is currently working at the Justice Department, returns to the police force to act as a liaison between the government and the police. The investigation team soon realizes that the plot behind the hijacking is far more complex than they initially thought, and they also must battle against the US government’s fear of a new terrorist attack. Now it’s a race against time as Fredrika, Alex, and Eden search for possibilities to save the plane and its passengers. Will they find a solution before the plane runs out of fuel?
Author: Robert D. Kaplan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A tight-knit group closely linked by intermarriage as well as class and old school ties, the “Arabists” were men and women who spent much of their lives living and working in the Arab world as diplomats, military attaches, intelligence agents, scholar-adventurers, and teachers. As such, the Arabists exerted considerable influence both as career diplomats and as bureaucrats within the State Department from the early nineteenth century to the present. But over time, as this work shows, the group increasingly lost touch with a rapidly changing American society, growing both more insular and headstrong and showing a marked tendency to assert the Arab point of view. Drawing on interviews, memoirs, and other official and private sources, Kaplan reconstructs the 100-year history of the Arabist elite, demonstrating their profound influence on American attitudes toward the Middle East, and tracing their decline as an influx of ethnic and regional specialists has transformed the State Department and challenged the power of the old elite.
Author: Robert Russell
Publisher: Advantage Media Group
Radio show host, Robert Russell sheds the light on the bad advice that may be holding your retirement captive from success. You will discover how to: pay less money to the government by utilizing tax saving techniques. Understand strategies like "The Super Roth," "Vertical Diversification," "Personal Pension Planning" and "The Tax-Efficient Frontier".
Author: Sandra Mackey
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
With a new introduction by the author, a seminal study of Lebanon’s past, present, and future. With the West’s economic and security interests increasingly at stake in the Middle East, it is impossible to ignore Lebanon—a nation in all ways divided and tormented by the interplay between the West and the Arab world. Sandra Mackey delineates the multifarious culture that is Lebanon; carefully stripping away the complex stigmas of Lebanese politics, she brings each component into focus, priming readers on the conflicts between Sunni and Shia, Maronites and Druze, Christian and Muslim, Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Lebanon and Palestine, and Syria and Lebanon. Covering Lebanon’s history through the civil war of 197589, and with a new introduction on recent developments, Mackey lays the groundwork needed to comprehend this often ill-understood country—offering insight into its role as the gateway between West and East, and bringing clarity of focus to the schisms that serve to divide and define Lebanon.
Author: Bruce Porter
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Snatched is the electric tale, by the New York Times bestselling author of Blow, Bruce Porter, that tells the true story of a woman caught between two worlds, with her life dangling in the balance. Raised an aristocrat in Colombia and educated in European schools, Pilar transfixes everyone with her charm and her guile. She also falls for dangerous men and finds herself drawn into the highest levels of the cocaine trade. After two failed marriages and a harrowing escape from the drug life, she settles down to a quiet existence in Florida with her children--until her second husband tries to cut short his prison term by giving her name over to members of a new task force being formed by the DEA. They induce Pilar, now a middle-aged woman, to infiltrate the Cali cartel as the head of a vast money laundering sting. Named "Operation Princess," the scheme leads to the seizure of tens of millions of dollars, along with some $500 million worth of cocaine and the exposure of hundreds of high-level traffickers, becoming one of the most daring and successful stings in DEA history. But Pilar plays her part too well. Her success as a money launderer gets her kidnapped and then ransomed by a band of guerrillas in South America--and the US government refuses to negotiate. It's left to her low-level handlers in the DEA to get her back, before it's too late and her kidnappers discover they have a federal agent in their clutches.
Author: W. E. B. Griffin
Department of Homeland Security agent Charley Castillo conducts a discreet investigation involving the brother-in-law of a murdered diplomat, a man possessing key information about America's scandalous food-for-oil program.
Author: Chester L. Quarles
Publisher: University Press of America
Terrorism is a thoroughly researched collection of information on how to prevent, avoid, cope with, recover from, and analyze criminal kidnapping and hostage-taking. Filled with the stories of successful hostages, along with statistics from intelligence files and international reports, this book is intended as a scholarly yet practical approach to this world-wide issue. The author interviews well-known former hostages, such as David Dodge, General and Mrs. James Dozier, Richard Grover, Gordon Kennedy, Larry and Sis Levin, Roy Libby, Bruce Olson and Lloyd Van Vactor. Based on fifteen years of research and Quarles' experience as a negotiator for missionaries taken hostage, Terrorism is a book that is appropriate for political theorists as well as those in the field.
Author: Patricia Budd Kepler
Publisher: WestBow Press
This is a book of buttons from a revolutionary, dramatic period of accelerated social change, the last half of the Twentieth Century. Interspersed with movements and causes are chapters about ordinary life in motion. The author takes us on a journey toward human rights, justice, and peace, connecting past and present as they move into the future. The book takes us from a small town in Pennsylvania, to Boston, to the Middle East. Reflections are written from the faith perspective of a Presbyterian minister deeply engaged in and influenced by ecumenical and interfaith ties. For those who lived through this period, this book will bring back memories. For those too young to remember, this book will give you insight into your past. For both young and old, Kepler’s writing urges us to recognize the life and work of all those who believed in human rights and just peace as we design the future. She also invites us to celebrate just plain life in all of its variety and wonder.
Author: Margaret Brownley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
The loss of a loved one is devastating, and the grief that follows is often crippling. While modern Western culture has adopted an aren't-you-over-it-yet? attitude toward death and the grief it brings, the grieving process can take years. Weeks and months go by with no visible improvement. We might even wonder if God has forsaken us. Then one day it happens: We laugh. We feel connnected, restless, maybe even hopeful. We're no longer consumed by our loss, and our thoughts turn outward. These are the first signs of healing. Though the tendency in our fast-paced society is to suppress our grief or ignore it all together, Grieving God's Way inspires a different course of action. In this 90-day devotional Margaret Brownley provides the framework for a methodical grieving process that follows God's plan. Grieving God's way requires us to trust that He will lead us through the darkness, heal our pain, take away our weariness, and fill our hearts with hope, peace, and new purpose. From defining what grief is to validating its importance, Brownley gives us the components necessary to find God within our sorrow and grieve with Him. Divided into four sections, Grieving God's Way offers insight into healing our grieving body, soul, heart, and spirit. Infused with scriptures and inspirational haiku by Diantha Ain, this book motivates us to shift our grieving from man's way to God's way. . . slow and often invisible but with truly amazing results. So how long does it take to grieve? As long as it takes God to heal.
Author: William D. Andrews
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Children: Hostages of the State is based upon thirty-four years of working with children both inside and outside the non-juvenile system in several states. Including an inside look at foster care, adoptions, and out-of-home placement of children, it shows a pattern of a county, state, and local government control of children a system that seems to be out of control, operating outside constitutional law. This message speaks to every parent with a child in foster care or in county, city, state, or government custody. The removals of many children from their homes are in violation of the constitutional and civil rights of both the children and parents. Civil rights violations carry a mandatory investigation. Author William D. Andrews lists a few of the most often violated areas he has seen, pointing to the adoption practice, which often appears to be open fraud. The adopting families, social workers, and judges often appear to be in a tailor-made adoption partnership. Andrews vows that the practice of removing children from homes without proper application of the law will be stopped. The total rejection of both child and parental rights granted by the US Constitution is a tragedy.