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American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing Hardcover – 17 May 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 444 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (17 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060394072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060394073
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Draws on more than three hundred interviews--with survivors, victims' families, investigators, and convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh--to examine the full story of the Oklahoma City bombing.


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Once I started this book I found it impossible to put it down,as it allowed me to understand the thoughts and beliefs of a young man looking for a path in life. The tragedy is that he chose the wrong path and paid so dearly with all the suffering and pain caused for so many, I was compelled to follow this case as soon as the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was announced. Right up to and even after the execution of Timothy James McVeigh he stood by his beliefs, to which only a few can understand, but this does not mean that they share his views only to understand them, what this book did for me was just that, I feel real sorrow for all the poor people involved in this terrible episode including Tim McVeigh.
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I really enjoyed the book but I'm not sure if this is the absolute truth. Tim McVeigh came across as a complex man completely weighed down with his emotions and ideologies. The information on his childhood and life in prison were very interesting. I was also amazed at the list of his military achievments and how he went from being a model soldier to public enemy no. 1. I feel the book also makes you think about the American justice system and how quickly it turns on one of its opponents. Overall, I recommend the book as it gives a another perspective on a man who seems destined to remain an enigmatic but intriguing character.
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This book has been written by two journalists, Michel and Herbeck, who were closely involved in the reporting and investigation of the deeds of Timothy McVeigh.

The book is very comprehensive, and has informative sections on McVeighs early life, upbringing, relationships, and philosophy of life. I found it to be addictive reading, almost like a thriller, although of course we all now know the horrible and tragic outcome of this particular story.

I think the authors do a commendable job of describing McVeigh and the events he caused, whilst at the same time identifying with the human aspects of Tim McVeigh (how he kindly helped a family in a broken-down car at the side of a road)and the very dark aspects of his personality (the bomb-building, and the robbery of a former friend to finance the bomb).

It is important to be aware that this story is written by journalists, who are trained to build and then sell a story, but I found this book to be well-written, informative, and even-handed in the telling of the story of Tim McVeigh. I would recommend it to anyone.
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With all the media frenzy surrounding recent events in McVeigh's impending death sentence, it seems we all know everything about the guy, but what is in the public domain is merely the tip of the iceberg. What has fascinated me more than anything else in this book is the detailed description of McVeigh's early life, his rise to become one of the U.S. Military's most highly regarded gunners, and his subsequent greivances with the government he once served under. I found it hard to avoid being intensely thrilled by the chapters of his life, and in some way experienced sympathy and compassion for the killer, if not complete understanding for his actions. This biography is well researched and well written - i would seriously recommend it to anyone.
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Best organized book on the fortune and misfortune insights and lives of Timothy McVeigh. How and where he met his now infamous friends. How plans were formed.

Some of the details are a little freaky as I come from a different era yet I read many of the same books and watched the same movies. Even had many similar experiences in the army even though it was a different MOS and locations. I was in armed recon.

The book is well written by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck, staff reporters for the Buffalo News. I could tell occasionally that the writers were writing about things that they did not experience themselves.

This is one book that should not be overlooked if you want to be culturally literate.
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the writers basically befriended the bombers dad to try and get access to tim the bomber.. i read this years ago and from memory they didnt interview tim themselves very much..much is form other witnesses and angles..a huge flaw id say. american government made huge mistake executing tim..so many questions left unanswered so many conspiracys spring up..fuelling hatred of usa governemnt to some angry paramoid people, tim was outraged over us governments attack on wacko 1993 his bomb was his anti us government message, the books pretty good but id have tackled a huge event like this from a better angle...speak to the bomber ! not his dad
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