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Oklahoma City Hardcover – April 24, 2012

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“Extraordinarily well-researched… The book brilliantly deconstructs the investigation.” (Wall Street Journal)

“The story of the Murrah building bombing receives its most comprehensive accounting yet… It is a cautionary and at times startling tale, filled with bizarre characters from the outer fringes of American political life, with continuing relevance today.” (Michael Isikoff, The Daily Beast)

“Impressive... There are enough freak-show touches to keep an FX drama stocked for three seasons… As Gumbel and Rogers tell it, the bombing investigation fell short of discovering the truth because of sloppiness, self-serving intra-office politics, and obstructive turf wars among law enforcement agencies.” (Salon)

“A well-reported, sober assessment... They make a strong case that some individuals involved in the bombing remain at liberty...the message is important for the future security of the U.S. citizenry.” (Kansas City Star)

“Credible and relevant... Offers a perspective other than what was proved at the trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols...and explores the unsettling question of whether such an event could happen again by homegrown perpetrators.” (Tulsa World)

“This crisply written, fully documented book will anger you.” (The Tucson Citizen)

“The most comprehensive account yet...will dash the smug assertions at the time that the feds had caught all the perpetrators.” (The Commercial Dispatch (Mississippi))

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In the early morning of April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh drove into downtown Oklahoma City in a rented Ryder truck containing a deadly fertilizer bomb that he and his army buddy Terry Nichols had made the previous day. He parked in a handicapped-parking zone, hopped out of the truck, and walked away into a series of alleys and streets. Shortly after 9:00 A.M., the bomb obliterated one-third of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people, including 19 infants and toddlers. McVeigh claimed he'd worked only with Nichols, and at least officially, the government believed him. But McVeigh's was just one version of events. And much of it was wrong.

In Oklahoma City, veteran investigative journalists Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles puncture the myth about what happened on that day—one that has persisted in the minds of the American public for nearly two decades. Working with unprecedented access to government documents, a voluminous correspondence with Terry Nichols, and more than 150 interviews with those immediately involved, Gumbel and Charles demonstrate how much was missed beyond the guilt of the two principal defendants: in particular, the dysfunction within the country's law enforcement agencies, which squandered opportunities to penetrate the radical right and prevent the bombing, and the unanswered question of who inspired the plot and who else might have been involved.

To this day, the FBI heralds the Oklahoma City investigation as one of its great triumphs. In reality, though, its handling of the bombing foreshadowed many of the problems that made the country vulnerable to attack again on 9/11. Law enforcement agencies could not see past their own rivalries and underestimated the seriousness of the deadly rhetoric coming from the radical far right. In Oklahoma City, Gumbel and Charles give the fullest, most honest account to date of both the plot and the investigation, drawing a vivid portrait of the unfailingly compelling—driven, eccentric, fractious, funny, and wildly paranoid—characters involved.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: WilliamMr; First Edition edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061986445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061986444
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was one of the retired FBI agents Gumbel wanted to interview for this book. We exchanged ten emails in April 2011; the last one I did receive (along with an attachment that I had seen previously) and replied with "Auto Response...Returned unopened" typed into the subject line.

I chose not to answer Gumbel's questions for two reasons; one, I'm under no obligation to, and secondly, being cautious and concerned about the author's potential bias that was raised in the emails, came across a few disturbing Gumbel quotes, "...the rotten History of Democracy in America," "George Bush on global warming is one of those marriages of speaker and subject that can't help but generate its own peculiar brand of spectacular bulls***," and regarding the Oklahoma City bombing, "Like failure to prevent 9/11, this is a case of the federal government first failing to recognize or act on crucial warning signs and then claiming there were no warning signs at all. It's about coming up with a plausible cover story and sticking to it, no matter what. In contrast to the most glaring failures of the Bush administration, though, the government's bluff on Oklahoma City has gone largely uncalled."

My initial suspicion to his--I'm just an honest journalist approach where he said "I would vigorously take issue with your accusation of `bias' and submit that you are trying to discredit me ahead of time..." was confirmed as his final email ended with a veiled threat; "Up to you (to answer his questions), obviously, whether to respond, or leave the allegation unanswered. I will record your response in the book either way." Which Gumbel did on p. 402.
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I was excited to get this book but soon disappointed. When the authors in one or two sentences dismissed Gen. Partin's analysis as flawed, I knew it to be a diversion, no matter what else they revealed. I have no hesitation in saying that these authors have no standing or credentials to dismiss what a distinguished demolitions expert had to say. If a truck bomb could have done what was claimed in OK City, a similar truck bomb would have brought down the WTC in 1993. This book may be useful in exploring irrelevant detail, but misses the mark in pinpointing what really happened.
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By Steven on December 18, 2013
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This book has a lot of good information that is different than the official account of what happened. The thing is that it doesn't really say ironclad alternative theories but it demonstrates a lot of open ends that could be investigated further. Those open ends are not evidence that would probably stand up in court but are more like really good suspicions, so the author has a different standard of evidence than what the investigators had when they brought the case to trial. One thing I didn't like was that the author described one of the criminals who lived near Allentown very negatively and also made comments about his family, and I thought that was unnecessary. I also didn't like that in one sentence the author grouped the NRA into the far right because I think NRA is mainstream and if the author wasn't a limey he probably would have a different take. Overall though I thought it was a good story to read. It presents a lot of good information that I wish some of these characters in the story would verify publicly, but that would mean incriminating themselves if the information was in fact true. There are still many gaps in the story (extra leg, 24 eyewitnesses say McVeigh was not alone and some say he was with a whole group), but I think a lot of people just want the story to be over.
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By HD on February 2, 2013
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Gumbel whiffed on this one. He missed every opportunity to set the record straight. Instead, he chose to try and demonize the government. He ignored fact after fact, all clearly set out in the record. He was simply working to get his own agenda out there. What a shame. A waste of resources. Don't waste your money on this one.
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This book about the Oklahoma City bombing covers the entire ordeal. You will learn a lot more behind the scene aspects than was released to the public. Roger Charles has done an excellent job of in-depth research of all the undercurrent happenings and details which will astound you! I could not put the book down when I started reading it...
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Good story but dull. That's the way it was written. I had to plod through the details of the story an consequently skipped segments. Not good. I was there after the destruction and felt there was a lot more that could have been written that would have described the disaster itself. That said , the author did a very good jod of describing the characters involved...not the least of which was Timothy McVeigh who emerged as a sick individual. Good writing there! For anyone familiar with the story, I would recommend the book.
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This book is so biased that I have to question if it's even factual. If you are a far out leftist, you will probably like it, but otherwise save your money (it is not even worth the $.01, yes one penny, that I paid for it).
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For those that followed the stories surrounding the bombing, this is a must read. I would encourage you to first read the book by Stephen Jones, Others Unknown, and then this book. Reading them together gives one pause, and makes one think. This book is well written, and read fairly fast for non-fiction.
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