Jeffrey D. Simon PhD, is president of Political Risk Assessment Company Inc., a security and terrorism research consulting company, and is a former analyst for the RAND Corporation. He is the author of The Terrorist Trap: America's Experience with Terrorism and Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat. He is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Political Science at UCLA; and has been interviewed about terrorism on CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, and NPR; and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. His writings on terrorism have appeared in many publications, including the Journal of the American Medical Association and Foreign Policy.
Most lone wolf terrorists end up 'one and done.' Public attention quickly fades after reports about the atrocity, the culprit, and his death. The story of the notorious Alphabet Bomber is dramatically different. Simon's book is a riveting and fascinating account of how an intelligent man perpetrated multiple attacks of increasing severity, used media outlets to relay threats of many more deaths if his demands were not met, taunted law enforcement trying to capture him, and after apprehension duped forensic psychiatrists, mocked everybody, and unleashed an arsenal of antics in a futile effort to sell that he was too crazy to be tried, found guilty, or punished. --Dinko Bozanich, retired Los Angeles County deputy district attorney and prosecutor of the Alphabet Bomber-- (08/29/2018) A must-read for Americans wanting an understanding of the lone terrorist and for law enforcement officials seeking to further their education and training in the complexities of identifying and hunting down lone wolf serial bombers and preventing the tragedies they bring about. Simon brings to life Muharem Kurbegovic who terrorized Los Angeles during the summer of 1974, with multiple terrorist attacks, including the targeting of Los Angeles International Airport. Simon develops the character of Kurbegovic in such rich detail, and in tandem with the fast moving drama generated by his pursuers at the LAPD, so that it doesn't take long for the reader to feel like he or she is in the middle of a current event inspired by today's headlines. I only wish we would have had the benefit of Simon's research and fact finding during the hunt for the Unabomber. --Terry D. Turchie, former deputy assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI-- (08/29/2018) Simon . . . delves into a fascinating, all-but-forgotten case. . . . A historical account of a unique form of terrorism that offers lessons for today. --Kirkus--Kirkus Jeffrey Simon's nail-biting true drama about lone wolf Muharem Kurbegovic is not only a remarkable look into the disturbed mind of a single master of mayhem but a broader, compelling examination of what makes lone wolves the most concerning terrorist phenomenon we confront today. A must-read for all interested in the terrorist challenge ahead. --Bennett Ramberg, nuclear terrorist expert and author of Nuclear Power Plants as Weapons for the Enemy-- (08/29/2018)