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Hunting Eric Rudolph Hardcover – March 1, 2005

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This is a suspenseful account of the five-year hunt for the man behind the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Park bombing. Eric Rudolph is now also facing federal charges for bombings of a gay nightclub and two abortion clinics in Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala. Descriptive anecdotes of Rudolph and his family help Schuster, a CNN senior producer, and Stone, former head of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Anti-Terrorist Force, illustrate how a man on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List with a million-dollar reward on his head managed to elude the FBI for years by hiding out in the mountains of North Carolina. Exposed by his mother to the radical racist and anti-Semitic Christian Identity movement, Rudolph became a white supremacist opposed to the government, gays and abortion, who may have been helped by sympathetic neighbors during his years as a fugitive. The authors avoid turning their subject into a romantic outlaw by fully describing those who were killed and maimed by the explosions he allegedly set. Schuster and Stone also point to errors committed by the FBI, such as their initial pursuit of an innocent man (Richard Jewell) and their preventing a local sheriff from picking up Rudolph early. 16 pages of b&w photos.
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...a gripping account of the years-long hunt for Rudolph, the alleged Atlanta Olympics bomber... -- Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author of Ultimate Punishment and Reversible Errors

Hunting Eric Rudolph is haunting and gripping reading. Indeed, it reads like world-class fiction. -- Wolf Blitzer

A gripping, extraordinarily well-written and well-reported account of the hunt for Eric Rudolph... -- Peter Bergen, New York Times bestselling author of Holy War, Inc.

A must read for anyone who wants to understand what we're up against in hunting down terrorists... -- Robert Baer, former case officer with the CIA and author of Sleeping with the Devil

Schuster shows us the world through the eyes of law enforcement intent on finding a killer. Incredible. -- Nancy Grace, Court TV
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; First Edition edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425199363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425199367
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mysterious matt on May 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This account of Eric Rudolph was very interesting. I found the book a little more interesting than the average reader probably will because he was born in my hometown, I lived in B'ham and I was also vacationing in Murphy in the summer of 98 when the fbi had helicopters and officers searching the entire nantahala area.The only complaint I have about the book (and it's minimal) is that I thought that they spent too much time on details about his family in the middle of the book and it kind of slowed down the pace. Having said that, the pace is still as good as any fiction novel/mystery novel i've ever read. If you enjoy a fast paced, puzzle solving-type story, this book is right up your alley.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike Sager on March 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
With Hunting Eric Rudolph, Henry Schuster- one of the country's foremost news producers and experts on terrorism- uses his cinematic eye and newsman's nose for detail to bring to life the series of crimes that set the tone for our fearful twenty-first century. Gracefully written, with economy and personality, a storytellers flair: think In Cold Blood with exhaustive footnotes.

Mike Sager

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Gordon on July 4, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The title of the book, Hunting Eric Rudolph: An Insider's Account of the Five-Year Search for the Olympic Bombing Suspect, is an accurate description of what the book covers. While the book is an utterly absorbing and well told story, Henry Schuster and Charles Stone have substantially limited their account to just the bombings that Rudolph perpetrated, as well as to the government's pursuit of him during the time that he was a fugitive. If you are interested in just that aspect of the story, this is definitely the book for you. The story is absolutely dramatic and totally riveting.

However, if you are interested in the fiasco that engulfed Richard Jewell, or the legal proceedings that eventually produced Rudolph's plea agreement, the authors only peripherally discuss those issues, which they should have, as those elements were really ancillary to Rudolph's crimes and ultimate capture. Indeed, just the injustice done to Jewell should be the subject of a book. But Hunting Eric Rudolph, in and of itself, is well worth reading.

On a personal note, through reading the book, I discovered a number of things that I had previously not known. For example, on the day that the Centennial Park bombing occurred, I was attending classes at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia and after having watched the morning news, I went to the school's cafeteria and found that basically everybody had gone. The majority of the center's student population had been deployed to Atlanta for the remainder of the Olympics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy R. Young on May 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Hunting Eric Rudolph is an awesome read. The authors deliver the story of Rudolph's entire life, often with an insightful and somtimes humorous backdrop. It goes in depth to explain the reasons for Rudolph's perplexing psyche and the culture in which it was cultivated.

The real value of the book however is the context in which it is delivered. Schuster explains why this story was not only significant in our past, but what we can extract from it to prevent similar types of domestic terrorism in our future. Thoroughly researched and masterfully presented, this was definitely a book that I could not put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott on March 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A great read about Eric Rudolph, serial bomber and fugitive. The authors use an energetic narrative style and an acute sense of the absurd as they recount the circumstances of the bombings, delve into the bizarre background of Rudolph, and expose the monumental fumbling of the case by the feds. Touching portrayals of the victims of the bombings remind us that years after the events, those involved still suffer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff H. Lyons on December 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The authors present their extensive research with an entertaining style. Henry Schuster has spent much of his life reporting on terrorism and closely followed the Rudolph criminal proceedings. Charles Stone was involved with the manhunt and provides details from the point of view of one of the hundreds of law enforcement agents determined to bring Rudolph in. I would also like to suggest "Life's Been A Blast," written by one of the bombing survivors. "Life's Been A Blast" (available on Amazon) provides the view of someone who was standing in direct aim of one of Rudolph's bombs and lived to tell about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom L. Roop on December 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A true account of all that transpired moment by moment. Nothing spared and nothing left out. This book is the real deal. If you want to know more about Eric Rudolph and his man hunt this is the book. It reveals all the twists and turns up until his capture. You will be shocked, appaled, and in the end will know all that happened. This book also reveals all the man power, time, and know how to bring him to justice. Give this book a read and you will need to know no more on the subject...
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