A disjointed work that lacks historical perspective, Urban Terrorism: Theory, Practice & Response seeks to provide an understanding of urban terrorism. This poorly researched polemic covers selected events and theories that range from the Paris Commune to a discussion of contemporary riot control techniques. The author assumes that those who challenge the legitimacy of a government are terrorists and that government repression only comes in response to this challenge.
The coverage of conflict in Latin America is scant because the book concentrates on events that concern Great Britain. Brazil, Uruguay, Venezeula, and Guatemala, as well as Che Guevara, are covered only with the use of secondary works, though not to a degree which would make this book useful to the Latin Americanist.