Security Journal

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 801–803 | Cite as

Review of Altheide, David. 2017. Terrorism and the politics of fear, 2nd edition. New York: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 273. ISBN 978-144227452-5

  • Maximiliano E. KorstanjeEmail author
Book Review

The presidential debates between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump revealed the rise of two contrasting fears evident in the United States. Clinton’s supporters emphasized the risks of tyranny and the subsequent decline of democracy—by the advance of white supremacists. Trump’s electorate energetically invoked a fear of strangers augmented by the Muslim migration bans and the imperative to make America Great again, prompted by the climate of distrust inaugurated by terrorism after 9/11. The triumph of Trump not only validated concerns regarding the possibility that the message of terrorism resonated in American public opinion, but it accelerated a decline of hospitality in western civilization (Korstanje 2017). This was one of the main reasons motivating David Altheide, one of the most authoritative voices in media and terrorism studies, to republish an expanded, second edition of his Terrorism and the Politics of Fear.

The main thesis in this book is that the interplay between fear and...


  1. Korstanje, M.E. 2017. Terrorism, tourism and the end of hospitality in the west. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of PalermoBeunos AiresArgentina

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