American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate. Second edition.
By Pete Simi & Robert Futrell
Call Number: E 184 .A1 S599 2015
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This book is one of few empirical research studies of the white power movement in the United States. It is based on interviews and fieldwork carried out over two decades, from 1994-2014. The authors have carefully situated their study in our contemporary social context, and rewritten extensive sections for the second edition.
To begin with, they clearly define “the white power movement” to encompass various manifestations of belief that “the white race” is genetically superior to all other humans (p. 3). A great value of this book lies in its examination of social dynamics that have allowed these ideas to survive in the face of mainstream condemnation and scientific debunking: economic factors, niche music scenes, online forums, and personal networks including church groups.
This book is included in all major bibliographies of domestic terrorism prevention, and is relevant to our programs in public safety, homeland security, and sociology. It is important reading for anyone concerned about how hate groups maintain a presence in our society.
Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies, an Anthology, Fifth edition
Edited by Loch K. Johnson and James J. Wirtz
Call number: JK 468 .I6 I467 2019
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This book will be of interest for history, political science, and security studies. “A diverse, comprehensive, and highly accessible set of thirty-three readings by leading experts in the field. […] features coverage of many topics including methods of intelligence collection, intelligence analysis, the danger of intelligence politicization, relationships between intelligence officers and the policymakers they serve, covert action, counterintelligence, accountability and civil liberties, and the global struggle against ISIS. New articles focus on a range of important historical and current topics in intelligence, including the President’s Daily Brief, Social Media intelligence (“SOCMINT”), drone warfare, and the implications of Edward Snowden’s controversial intelligence leaks.” — Publisher
The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia
By Andrei Lankov
Call number: DS 935.774 .L36 2015
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Useful for historical research as well as political science and security studies, this paperback edition of the acclaimed 2013 book is fully updated and revised. It is a history of North Korea, but the topical organization and extensive index make it easy for readers to drill right down to specific information. The author draws on sources ranging from international intelligence to personal interviews. “A native of the former Soviet Union … [Lankov] lived as an exchange student in North Korea in the 1980s. He has studied it for his entire career, using his fluency in Korean and personal contacts to build a rich, nuanced understanding. […] Lankov substitutes cold, clear analysis for the overheated rhetoric surrounding this opaque police state. After providing an accessible history of the nation, he turns his focus to what North Korea is, what its leadership thinks, and how its people cope with living in such an oppressive and poor place. He argues that North Korea is not irrational, and nothing shows this better than its continuing survival against all odds.” — Publisher