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Since the attacks of 11 September 2001, the topic of terrorism has been almost continually front-page news in the United Kingdom. The subsequent ¯war on terror¯ including the invasion of Iraq, has only heightened interest in the matter.
With the London bombings of 7 July 2005, Britain become a frontline in international terrorism and counter-terrorism. This reality has only been heightened by the failed terrorist attacks in London on 21 July 2005, and through a series of high profile incidents, including an alleged plot to blow up several airliners using liquid gel explosives and the arrest of several NHS staff in connection to failed attacks in London and Glasgow.
What has been lacking since 2001, however, is a balanced, measured and informed examination of these events. Steve Hewitt¯s new book gives an illuminating and fascinating view of this often misunderstood world.
About the Author
Steve Hewitt is an expert on security and intelligence and a lecturer in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Table of Contents
This historical context
The rules of the games are changing: from 9/11 to 7/7
Terrorism in the UK
¯It turned out wrongly: counter-terrorism, Part 1
Losing ¯Hearts and Minds: counter-terrorism, Part 2 conclusion: 7/7s not 9/11s