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When The Eagle Screams: America's Vulnerability To Terrorism Paperback – December 13, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595210082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595210084
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,078,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bowman sets out to prove that a single terrorist could bring the United States's oil supplies to a halt, incinerate an entire city, and perhaps even destroy the country's electrical grids or stop the world's money supply-all to challenge cherished democratic and economic principles. In sometimes thrilling prose, he describes many incidents that may have been the work of terrorists operating in the United States. Unfortunately, little solid evidence is given to support his assertions. There is some truth, however dificult to surmise, in Bowman's overall conclusions regarding the difficult relationships that Westerners may have with the rest of humanity, but these difficulties can be remedied only when acts of violence are desensationalized. As public opinion is mobilized further to enlarge the gulf separating us from the rest of the world, basic issues become more difficult to address, especially those concerning right vs. wrong. Unfortunately, this volume does not contribute to any kind of entente between peoples and, seemingly in an effort to scare the reader, reaches doubtful conclusions.
Joseph A. Kechich- ian, Rand Corp., Santa Monica, Cal.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stephen Bowman is the author of Morning Ran Red, Operation Monarch, and When The Eagle Screams. Bowman's works have always held special insight. His first published work was about a modern-day American Indian takeover of Wounded Kneesix months before it happened.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By SPC Michael Wellck (queltor@yahoo.com) on September 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
At first this book bothered me with it's lack of references. Bowman would make an assertion (or state a fact, depending on your views) but not provide a reference for fact checking. Some of the government reports he quotes do not even appear in the bibliography. One example of this is when he refers to "a 1979 government report." Looking in the bibliography, there are no references at all from 1979. My question: "Which report?"
In spite of this recurring problem throughout the book, there are some very important points which he makes. Our country is completely reliant on energy distribution systems that are vulnerable to disruption.
When I finished the book, I felt like he started out with his conclusion (the last 3 or 4 chapters) and then wrote the rest of the book to support it. This didn't work very well, but... the conclusions are important enough that I have a hard time dismissing the book as I was initially ready to do.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book tells us the public secrets none of us realized until the World Trade Center bombing. Without telling terrorist how to destroy us, the author helps us all to realize that international terrorism is not just an easily ignored horror overseas, but is imminent to us. Our lives, our dreams; the very survival our country may depend on how our leaders deal with the issues in this book.
Our country's web of utilities and other services have bound us together, and supported us through decades of hard times. They may now be our downfall
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 9, 2012
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Although dates back quite a bit, but it is an awesome insight into the organization of terrorists and their mindsets. What is still valid probably is the mindset that drives fanatics to act the way they do!
Must read.
But the trouble with the kindle edition is, some words are unnecessarily hyphenated, and hence when You use the text-to-speech converter and listed, at times it becomes weird.... but that is too minor an issue when compared to the book.
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How many of us knew that there was a bombing of World Trade Center in New York on Feb 26th 1993, much before the same bombing on Twin Towers on Sep 9/11, 2001?
Yes, this wonderful book written much prior to 1993 disaster gives a clear insight to its readers as to how vulnerable is the so-called Super Power of the World is to terrorism and internal strives.

The author has made an extensive research on each and every terrorist act across the world and identifying almost all the major terrorist and extremist organizations of the world which have spread their tentacles and just waiting to strike at the right moment. I have observed that the author has been quite unbiased in his approach towards terrorism and the simple reasons which have led to the birth and growth of the same. One needs to appreciate his daring attempt to accuse United States of America of being the main cause in allowing terrorism to grow and become a threat to its own existence. USA seems to be falling into the same ditch dug for someone else !

The following main points have been elaborated in the entire text with so many details and examples that need to be applauded.
1. Terrorism is a symptom of political, social and religious issues basically ignored by the Governments.
2. Terrorism can no longer be taken for granted as terrorists now have access to weapons of mass destruction.
3. National infrastructures like energy grids, oil reserves, transportation networks, communication grids etc are at great risk
4. Stricter measures in Immigration, Foreign Policies and lesser dependence on foreign countries required to counter the threat.
5. Terrorism is ineffective against a stable society and active involvement of people.
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By Barry Salay on July 5, 2014
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Excellent price and service.
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By ron_barnes on March 9, 2014
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Wow! A very good book documenting America's vulnerabilities. Good historical data and assessment of current and future policy. This is a good book for students and professionals alike who are interested in homeland security or anti-terrorism.
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By Greg Ebersole on January 2, 2014
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It is amazing how this book was so accurate in predicting the events, theories and concepts leading up to and beyond what happened after 9-11. Although a bit long winded at times this book was a very interesting read. I would recommend this book go anyone looking to get some insight on why some groups and people act the way they do. The sad part is that it was written after the first world trade center bombing in '93. It is more revalent toady than it was when the book was written
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By Amazon Customer on September 22, 2013
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