Terrorism and Homeland Security

Terrorism and Homeland Security

An Introduction with Applications

2nd Edition - December 28, 2016

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  • Authors: Philip Purpura, John Boal
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128037997

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Terrorism and Homeland Security: An Introduction with Applications, Second Edition provides a comprehensive overview of terrorism, public and private sector counterterrorism and all hazards emergency management. The book presents national, state and local perspectives, and up-to-date information including the reorganization of the Department of Homeland Security, the renewed Patriot Act and intelligence reform. A wide range of issues are discussed, including such topics as the effectiveness of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, the measurement of terrorism, victims of terrorism, privatization of counterterrorism, the code war, the merging of life safety and public safety, recent disasters, the role of the military, preemptive force, Homeland Security and national security versus due process models, pandemics and wars of globalization. The book emphasizes practical issues handled by senior government officials, private sector executives, security practitioners and a variety of first responders.

Key Features

  • Includes learning objectives and key terms that outline chapter content and highlight important topics
  • Presents reality check sections and critical thinking boxes that help the reader formulate alternative perspectives on issues and events
  • Provides discussion questions at the end of each chapter that reinforce content and provide an opportunity for the reader to review, synthesize and debate the key issues
  • New chapters on terrorist groups and the role of transnational crime in terrorist networks are included in this new edition
  • Covers ISIL, the Charlie Hebdo attack and the Boston Marathon Bombing, among other recent examples of terrorism
  • Updated for the dramatic changes in technology for detecting and countering terrorism


Students enrolled in courses covering terrorism and homeland security; Department of Homeland Security professionals, Security professionals, ASIS

Table of Contents

  • Part I Historical Foundation
    1. The Problem of Terrorism
    2. Terrorist Groups and Homegrown Extremists NEW
    3. Terrorist Methods and Weapons
    4. Transnational crime involvement in terrorism NEW

    Part II Action Against Terrorism
    5. Government Action
    6. Homeland Security
    7. Legal Issues
    8. Private Sector Action

    Part III Protection Methods
    9. Risk Management and Emergency Management
    10. Life Safety and Public Safety
    11. Security
    12. Protecting Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets
    13. Border and Transportation Security

    Part IV The Future
    14. Anticipating the Future: Terrorism, Technology, Research, and Education

Product details

  • No. of pages: 525
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2029
  • Published: December 28, 2016
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128037997

About the Authors

Philip Purpura

Philip P. Purpura has been a criminal justice educator for more than 20 years. He has directed criminal justice, security, and paralegal programs, and has practical experience as a security consultant, expert witness, security manager, corporate investigator, and police officer. Mr. Purpura is the author of several other textbooks and numerous articles published in newsletters, magazines, and journals.

John Boal

John Boal is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Akron. He has also consulted on Homeland and Physical Security programs for Excelsior College, in Albany, NY. He is a Certified Protection Professional with ASIS, where he has served on several committees.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Akron, OH, USA

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