"Terrorist Attacks: A Protective Service Guide for Executives, Bodyguards and Police Officers" by Raymond Siljander and Darin Fredrickson

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As a guide to bodyguards and other protection personnel, the book is very good. It is written in a very clear manner, is easily understandable and the many illustrations and photographs used provide even greater clarity. The photographs though look quite dated and one suspects that the vast majority – if indeed not all – are survivors from the 1981 edition of the book. Many readers will come to this book believing that it will give them a good account and insight into the subject of terrorism. That it does not. It does give good insight into the world of body-guarding but that is a very different thing. The book also suffers from a heavy American focus. Very little reference is made to real life cases in general but those that do come up are nearly always US in origin. Indeed, if a 3rd edition emerges in time, one hopes that the authors massively increase both the number of case studies and examples described in the book and the amount of detail given each of these. Such expansion would greatly strengthen the book’s appeal (especially given the text’s reference and instructional feel).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-74
Number of pages2
JournalSecurity Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • book review
  • Terrorist Attacks
  • terrorism
  • counterterrorism
  • bodyguards
  • close protection

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