Talking Terrorism: A Dictionary of the Loaded Language of Political Violence
Talking Terrorism: A Dictionary of the Loaded Language of Political Violence
Talking Terrorism: A Dictionary of the Loaded Language of Political Violence
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Grade 10 Up-In his introduction, Herbst indicates that his intended audience is readers who want to decode some of the inflammatory language and rhetoric of terrorism. He explains the history of some terms, and hopes to make researchers aware of the power of words and to call into question the language used by politicians and the media. Some entries are obvious choices: "Weapons of Mass Destruction," "Fundamentalist," and "Satanic," for example. Others may be less familiar in this context, such as "Mau Mau" or "Swamp." The inclusion of "Caves" seems to be a stretch, but the supporting paragraph raises several interesting questions about the use of the term in relation to Afghanistan. Entries are generally lengthy and include related terms, so the use of the index is essential. For example, there is no entry for "baby killer," a term often used by the anti-abortion movement. However, it is listed in the index, leading to an entry on "abortuary," a rather circuitous route. Some derogatory terms and epithets are also included. Advanced students doing research on political theory, current topics, or the media might find this work valuable. Certainly, some of the terms would be difficult to research on a filtered Internet system.-Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN
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As opposed to the recent spate of reference materials covering terrorism, this text does not define the numerous individuals, groups, and causes that have been involved in terrorist activities over the years. Instead, it discusses the definitions given 150 key terms used by politicians and propagandists who seek to distort or alter the view of an issue for different purposes. The author also wrote Wimmin, Wimps, and Wallflowers: An Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Gender and Sexual Orientation Bias in the United States (Intercultural, 2001) and The Color of Words: An Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Ethnic Bias in the United States (Intercultural, 1997).

Many more terms are discussed in the articles than are used as the 150 entry headings, and see also references and a general index guide the reader through the definitions. In addition to the excellent general bibliography, citations are included within the definitions so that it is easy for a researcher to identify respective sources.

An excellent introduction to the topic of terrorism and use of language by politicians frames the discussion of the terms. Of particular interest is a discussion of how some may fault this text for challenging freedom of speech. The author prefers to see the book as a means of raising awareness of biased language. The entry for Freedom fighter demonstrates some of the points he is trying to make. During the most recent conflict in the Balkans, the U.S. government refers to the Kosovo Liberation Army as freedom fighters or terrorists, depending on whether the group was invading Serbia (considered a good war by the U.S. government) or Macedonia (considered a bad war). Similar discussions on the various issues of vocabulary are what make the book a fascinating and necessary addition to available material on language as well as on terrorism. Recommended for academic and public libraries. RBB
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a kind of Orwellian study for the reference librarian. The book looks at how the use and manipulation of language creates reality and challenges us to rethink our views. It invites us to look carefully into the nonnuanced language that can raise bigotry, fabricate enemies, and incite-even exalt-violence, and that has the power even to curse victims and foster forgetfulness of those who died for one's own cause. This is often the everyday language churned out serving propaganda of their own group may turn away, but to their loss. This is a readable book. I recommend it to every American. *****

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I couldn't disagree with scorpio1952 more. This book does two things: It presents an objective definition of the language used concerning terrorism and political violence, and it also shows how this language is manipulated---to affect our beliefs and perceptions. Of course, terrorism is a sensitive topic, and I suspect there are a few people who will be unwilling/unable to tolerate this kind of analysis. (It's much easier to look at it as good vs. evil, right vs. wrong.) But if you're really interested in understanding terrorism, political violence, and all the parties involved, you'll benefit from this book. Highly recommended.

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Did you know that the United States is a police state and that race riots were actually "massacres of black people"? Or that Islam is the most tolerant of the three monotheistic religions? These are just three examples of this author's outrageous statements. This book is sheer propaganda, full of ignorance, outright lies, and sleight-of-word reversals to minimize and excuse Islamist terrorism while blaming its victims. The author promotes a false equivalence and a phony "evenhandedness" and even engages in libel. (For instance, he falsely claims that Maimonides, the 12th-century Jewish philosopher, said that black people are "subhuman." Maimonides never said any such thing.) He cleverly uses passive verbs a lot so he doesn't have to say WHO says or thinks the ideas he is asserting. This serves to mask the perpetrator of a lie and give false universalism to something (e.g., "It is known that...." Is it? WHO knows it?) If I had another 1,000 words I could give many, many examples. Do NOT waste your money on this book!

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