The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) now includes more than 125,000 terrorist attacks, starting in 1970. By analyzing these data, researchers demonstrate how a very small number of terrorist attacks have had an outsized effect on attitudes and policies toward terrorism. These attacks, referred to as ‘black swan’ events, are difficult to predict but have an enormous impact on human affairs for years to come. The book discusses terrorist attacks, such as 9/11, possibly the most high profile ‘black swan’ event in living memory, by putting them into context with thousands of less publicized attacks that have plagued the world since 1970.
LaFree, Gary, and Laura Dugan, Erin Miller. 2015. "Putting Terrorism in Context: Lessons from the Global Terrorism Database (Contemporary Terrorism)." New York, New York: Routledge Publishing.