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The Oklahoma City Bombing and the Politics of Terror Paperback – April 1, 1998


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  • Paperback: 509 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922915490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922915491
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hoffman's argument that Timothy McVeigh was a pawn of others in the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing begins with a single but powerful premise: that a bomb made of fertilizer and fuel oil couldn't have caused the massive structural damage to the Murrah Federal Building, despite the federal government's insistence to the contrary. Hoffman's experts argue that it would have taken either a special explosive additive to the fuel oil-fertilizer bomb or military-type explosives to create sufficient destructive power. Both suppositions point to a conspiracy larger than simply McVeigh and his friend Terry Nichols. Hoffman believes the real architects of the tragedy are neo-Nazi groups McVeigh mixed with, possibly connected to Middle Eastern terrorists. With McVeigh and Nichols both found guilty, some people wish to end the matter. Hoffman's mountain of evidence will suggest to others that additional co-conspirators may very well exist. Brian McCombie

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2001
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This book really floored me. Like many Americans I accepted the version of events surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing that was fed to me by the media and by the government. Then a friend made some comments about "other evidence" that had come out regarding this tragedy that made me sit up and take notice.
I wasn't satisfied with just his word so I started digging. What I found really bothered me. This book is 180 degrees from what you have heard on the news. Some of the other reviewers have noted specifics so I won't repeat them but let it suffice to say that there is evidence that supports the case that the government either knew about that bombing and didn't stop it or that the government itself is directly responsible.
I read this book thinking that this or that testimony is simply not provable and that this or that fact is probably being misinterpreted because I didn't want to get sucked into any cockamamie conspiracy theories but there's just too much that is odd about this case to accept the version that the government claims is true.
For instance, if Tim McVeigh had just set off a massive bomb that was bound to kill many people why would he meekly surrender to a traffic cop 45 minutes later when he was armed? Why balk at killing a cop when you just killed 168 people with truck bomb?
Likewise, Terry Nichols walks into a police station after seeing his face on the news and surrenders. The FBI then finds all this bomb making equipment and other evidence at his farm. Why didn't he try to destroy or hide this damning evidence before he just walks in and hands himself over for the crime of the century?
Was it because they were both just stupid or was it because they needed to be caught to advance a larger conspiracy?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2001
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This is by far the most interesting and provocative book available on the bombing in Oklahoma City. The author marshals several devastating attacks on the Government's story, and leaves the reader convinced there is much more to know about the OKC bombing. In particular, I found him persuasive of the following:
- Tim McVeigh was not alone on the day of the bombing. His companions included at least one unindicted co-conspirator, the infamous John Doe 2, whom the FBI is making no attempt to find. JD2 and other unarrested, unsought persons accompanied and assisted McVeigh in the days and weeks before the bombing. The Government's accounts of McVeigh's movements, activities, and sources of funds are incomplete when they are not unbelievable.
- A crude fertilizer bomb would have been much too weak to cause the damage observed. Therefore, other explosives were employed - either in the truck or the building or both - to destroy the APMB. Since acquisition of such materials was beyond McVeigh's and Terry Nichols' means, they must have had help getting them.
- Not all of the persons killed in the blast have been accounted for. In particular, a severed leg found in the wreckage did not come from a named victim, and therefore may have belonged to an additional bomber.
- The ATF and US Marshal's office had specific prior knowledge of plans to attack the Federal Building, on or near the date of the attack, and acted upon that knowledge, but did little or nothing to prevent the attack.
- Evidence responsive to the question of the identity of McVeigh's companion(s) - specifically, security camera tapes from various locations - has been confiscated and suppressed by the Government.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2003
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This book is extremely well researched and stunning in its conclusions. That this event could happen as described should shake to the core every American's faith in governments and their law enforcement institutions.
A note on reading the book: it is extremely dense. It is easy to lose site of the forest in each chapter as you hack your way through the trees. A clearer focus on story line instead of overwhelming us with an incredible density of detail would have made what is already a powerful read even more powerful. Also, I think the credibility of the author's message would have been enhanced if he just let the chilling facts speak for themselves, rather than resorting, at times, to shrill and childish editorializing.
However, neither of these criticisms should dissuade anyone from reading this book. As a matter of fact, it should be required reading for all people of democratic societies to rid them of the naive belief that governments work in the best interest of the people they supposedly serve.
Without intending to sound too cliche, it is people like David Hoffman who are the true defenders of the Bill of Rights in the American Constitution.
If this book interests you, you might also like any non-fiction by Gore Vidal (a big proponent of this book), Christopher Hitchens (The Trial Of Henry Kissenger, No One Left To Lie To) and the "fiction" of James Ellroy (American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1998
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This enormous compendium of information about the Oklahoma City Bomb contextualizes that event with the data that official investigations and the press have abandoned now that the fix is in and Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols have been declared the lone bombers. It supplements Jim Keith's previous work, OKBomb!, in many ways, crissing-crossing what's in that book , adding to its body of knowledge and examining the OKC bomb as part of the "politics of terror" strategy that currently dominates international affairs. It includes an introduction by Oklahoma State Representative Charles Key adapted from an appeal letter that "does not necessarily imply Rep. Key's endorsement of the author's conclusions," noting also that author Hoffman and Key shared investigative leads and information. One conclusion that Key no doubt would affirm is the basic premise of the book: federal agencies know far more about the Oklahoma City bombing than they're willing to admit.
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