The Struggle of Democracy against Terrorism

Title:                      The Struggle of Democracy against Terrorism

Author:                 Emanuel Gross

Gross, Emanuel (2006). The Struggle of Democracy against Terrorism: Lessons from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press

LCCN:    2005028298

K5256 .G76 2006


Date Updated:  February 21, 2017

This book is one of the 50 top books on terrorism and counterterrorism listed by Joshua Sinai, Ph.D.[1]

The following is from The University of Virginia Press. While not unbiased, it does speak to the value of the book.

From the unique vantage point of having had a career as a military lawyer and judge in Israel, Emanuel Gross offers a compelling case for the necessity of fidelity to the rule of law in the face of terrorist threats. This comparative look at how democracies respond to terror is a critical contribution to one of the greatest challenges of the twenty-first century.

—David Cole, Georgetown University Law Center

Radically different from other struggles covered by the international laws of war, the war on terrorism continues to create new legal challenges and grave moral dilemmas for the free world. Democracies are increasingly faced with balancing security against civil liberties, human rights, and the rule of law. In his book The Struggle of Democracy against Terrorism, Emanuel Gross examines the legal and moral complexities democracies face when dealing with terrorism. Drawing on his own experience as a former judge in the Israeli military courts, Gross compares the experiences of the United States, Israel, and the United Kingdom, providing a broad picture of the dangers posed by the measures these democracies use to combat terrorism. Particularly critical of the U.S. Patriot Act, Gross outlines what he argues to be the three cornerstones of Israel’s experience with terrorism applicable to other democracies. On this platform, he bases his examination of the various laws that apply to a democracy’s fight against terrorism, providing sharp and wide-ranging analysis that will be of great use to citizens and governments worldwide. Both provocative and informative, The Struggle of Democracy against Terrorism will appeal to students and teachers of law, political science, and philosophy, as well as to citizens and activists concerned with the impact of terrorism on civil liberties.


No issue looms larger today than the permissible responses of democratic governments to the threat of terrorism…. Professor Gross provides a forceful and controversial defense of extraordinary measures taken to combat terrorism that will illuminate ongoing debates in all countries where prized liberty is threatened by the fear for security.

— Samuel Issacharoff, NYU School of Law

As this timely and fair-minded book reveals, the soul of democracy depends on details in the rules of interrogation and detention, the definition of a civilian for purposes of the laws of war, the regulation of technological surveillance inside and outside of the nation’s borders, and the scope of judicial review. As Chief Justice Aharon Barak of the Israeli Supreme Court writes in his Foreword, this book will assist every jurist; it is in fact vital reading for any citizen who wants to assess the measures undertaken or proposed in our name.

— Martha Minow, Harvard Law School

[1] Joshua Sinai “Top 50 Books on Terrorism and Counterterrorism,” in Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies (19, 1, Winter/Spring 2012, pp. 105-108]. Joshua Sinai, PhD, is an associate professor for research, specializing in counterterrorism studies, at a Virginia Tech Center in Arlington. He can be reached at:jbsinai@) The entire list is found at Bruce Hoffman (2006). Inside Terrorism


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