"The Psychology of Terrorism" by John Horgan

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Horgan's contribution is especially welcome as he is one of the extremely few psychologists who have met and interviewed active terrorists face-to-face. Unlike many desk-bound accounts in the literature, Horgan's book benefits from the many insights he has gained from such unusual personal contact. Horgan, though, is also a long-standing expert in the area of terrorist psychology with a deep knowledge of the existing literature on the subject. In this book, he combines personal experience with a highly informed review of relevant research literature. The result is an accessible and very reliable account of what we know about terrorist psychology. The structure is clear and sensible and the text should be of value to both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. I recommend it strongly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19
Number of pages1
JournalTimes Higher Education Supplement
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2005


  • John Horgan
  • Psychology of Terrorism
  • terrorist psychology
  • terrorism
  • political violence

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