Claire Sterling


Sterling, Claire. The Terror Network: The Secret War of International Terrorism. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1981. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1981.

Sterling, Claire. Thieves' World: The Threat of the New Global Network of Organized Crime. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.

Fukuyama, FA 73.5 (Sep.-Oct. 1994): This is a "clear and accessible account of the growth of ostensibly new international alliances of criminal organizations." Sterling "tends to report allegations a bit uncritically." However, the book is filled with "fascinating facts."


Sterling, Claire. The Time of the Assassins: Anatomy of an Investigation. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1983. New ed. 1985. [pb]

According to Rocca and Dziak, Sterling (as does Henze in The Plot to Kill the Pope) points to "Bulgarian-Soviet complicity in the attempted assassination of John Paul II. Half her book ... delves into what she sees as the hesitancy and incredulity of Western governments when faced with the evidence and implications of the failed assassination."

Jenkins, I&NS 1.3, has little to say positive about Sterling's book, arguing that the author "is wrong in all her major contentions" and has produced "a fatally flawed and inaccurate book." Clark comment: That judgment might go down more easily had the reviewer not tried to replace Sterling's analysis with his own even more bizarre and contrived conspiracy fantasies.

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