Philip C. Bobbitt

  • Distinguished Senior Lecturer

Terror and Consent

by Philip Bobbitt

In his book Terror and Consent (Knopf, 2008), Bobbitt reflects on a new definition of warfare, the current domestic debate, the challenges to international law, and how our new market-driven society might measure victory. In addition to providing scenarios about how this war might unfold, the book also provides particular recommendations – a mix of policy prescriptions and a rethinking of the fundamentals of how we might actually win a war against terrorism.

Bobbitt is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History (Knopf, 2002), named "One of the best books of the year," by The Times (London), "One of the best books in 2002 on politics and current affairs", by The Economist, and hailed as "magisterial in its scope and ambition," by The New York Times.

Read an excerpt from Terror and Consent, published in the Spring 2004 UT Law magazine: https://law.utexas.edu/faculty/pbobbitt/terrorandconsent/excerpt.pdf

Read Rowan Williams' review of the book:
https://law.utexas.edu/faculty/pbobbitt/terrorandconsent/rowan_williams_review.pdf

Boston Globe, Steve Weinberg, April 13, 2008
http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2008/04/13/the_holes_in_the_war_on_terror/

New York Times, Niall Ferguson, April 13, 2008
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/13/books/review/Ferguson-t.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

New York Times (Daily), Edward Rothstein, May 9, 2008
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/09/books/09book.html?ref=books

The Spectator, Matthew d'Ancona, May 21, 2008
http://www.spectator.co.uk/the-magazine/books/720681/a-manual-for-our-times.thtml

Guardian, Vincent Cable, May 31, 2008
http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/recommended/politicsphilosophyandsociety/0,,2283115,00.html

Times Higher Education, Alex Danchev, June 12, 2008
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=402369