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American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing Hardcover – April 3, 2001
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"The book is history. Michel and Herbeck have done us all a service." (New York Newsday)
"Probably the best recounting of the biggest true crime story in modern times, told by two crack investigative reporters." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"American Terrorist is the closest we'll get to the official testimony of Timothy McVeigh." (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
"The chill lasts long after you put the book down." (Denver Rocky Mountain News)
"An important contribution to history." (New York Daily News)
"In calm, unadorned prose, the authors methodically reconstruct...McVeigh's swift journey into ...hell." (The Buffalo News)
"Compelling. It gets inside the mind of a monster..." (The Daily Oklahoman)
"American Terrorist unfolds as the warped reflection of teh American Dream." (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
"This impeccably reported book...represents good journalism." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
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It is not afraid either, to venture into the question about whether McVeigh's act---horribly misguided as it was---accomplished many of the very goals he set out to accomplish. Primarily, the toning down and moderating of the Government's approach to the Militia and related movements. On the latter score, at the end of the day, it is hard to differentiate between the moderating effects his action might have had vs. what came about in terms of criticism in the aftermath of the Waco standoff, but it is hard not to conclude that his unjustified act was part of the change in attitude.
If you want to get a somewhat more in-depth look at the bombing investigation Simple Truths, by Bob Burke, Jon Hersley, and Larry Tongate is recommended. But if you want to understand the perpetrator and his motivations as well as the aftermath of the bombing in terms of the trial, imprisonment, and execution of Timothy McVeigh, this is the source!
Anyways, this is a topic I know and research a lot, and I was surprised that I did learn a new thing or two from this book! If you have an interest in this, get it! You won't regret it. I also bought a used version, and it came in perfect condition. You would think it was brand new.
McVeigh said he wanted to be caught and put to death by the state, yet he was upset, claiming that he didn't get a fair trial. I don't understand how Michel, or anyone else, could accept both to be true.
Another area I found lacking journalistic objectivity is in Michel's assessment of Stephen Jones. There are too many unanswered questions to completely dismiss Jones as an incompetent attorney, and his theories outside the realm of possibility. Michel seemed to blindly side with McVeigh, a man who blames everyone else for his problems, when addressing Jones.
Despite Michel's occasional, yet painful, lack of objectivity, he still delivers insights into McVeigh that could only be topped by McVeigh himself. A perspective that, without this book, would have died in Terre Haute, Indiana on July 11th, 2001.
Stylistically, I found it to be at times verbose and redundant. That's my only complaint/annoyance. Definitely worth your time, though.
We are fortunate that the Tim McVeighs of the lunatic fringe are a distinct minority -- and in McVeigh's case, we definitely hope they are a minority of one. It is evident from this book there are some strong, paranoid anti-government sentiments running in our land; those militia folks who don soldier costumes on weekends and caper through the woods are, in a word, kooks. However, the "Patriots" revealed in American Terrorist, while frightening, appear to be relatively harmless, due primarily in their own stupidity -- all but one of them. Though Tim McVeigh discussed his plans with Michael Fortier and Terry Nichols, and Nichols even helped with the bomb, I got the impression that it never dawned on those two nitwits that McVeigh would actually go through with it, that their activities were criminal, and that they were breaking laws merely by associating with him and listening to information about his intentions. They were simply such stupid people that they subconsciously must have considered McVeigh as impotent as they, even though he spewed his violent anti-government rantings all the time. They were incredibly surprised when they learned he had actually done it.
The danger to America continues because it's always possible another Tim McVeigh will emerge from this large herd of numbskull losers and actually commit a destructive act. He is the one for whom we must watch out -- but the problem is, that next McVeigh will be the most difficult one to detect.
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