American Terrorist

[Epub] ↠ American Terrorist  Author Lou Michel – Johndore.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 426 pages
  • American Terrorist
  • Lou Michel
  • English
  • 18 September 2019
  • 0060394072

About the Author: Lou Michel

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American Terrorist April , The Alfred P Murrah Building In Oklahoma City Is Ravaged By A Vicious Bombing That Claims Innocent Lives Two Years Later, Year Old Timothy McVeigh, A Decorated Gulf War Veteran, Is Convicted Of The Crime And Sentenced To Death Most Of America Knows His Name But Only McVeigh Himself Knows Exactly What Happened On That Ill Starred Day And Despite His Conviction, He Has Never Gone On Record In Any Forum To Discuss The BombingUntil Now Award Winning Journalists Lou Michel And Dan Herbeck Have Been Investigating The Bombing For Than Five Years They Have Conducted Than Interviews, Compiling Exclusive Testimony From Federal Investigators, Family And Friends Of McVeigh And Survivors And Victims Families And In They Secured An Extraordinary Coup In Than Hours Of Interviews, They Persuaded Timothy McVeigh To Give A Complete Account Of His Story From His Formative Childhood Experiences, Through His Days In The Army, To A Thorough Portrait Of The Culture Of Right Wing Separatists And Gun Show Extremism That Was The Breeding Ground For The Terrorist Plot It Is The Deeply Unsettling Story Of An Average American Son Driven To Violence By His Hatred Of Government And Its Climax The First And Only Inside Account Of The Planning And Execution Of The Bombing Answers At Last The Questions That Have Haunted Oklahoma City And The Nation Since That April DayAt Once An Explosive Work Of Journalism And A Uniquely American Story, American Terrorist Will Help Bring Closure To A Wound Left Too Long Open In Our National Psyche

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10 thoughts on “American Terrorist

  1. Louise says:

    Earlier this month I read about a hometown hero Sal Maglie Baseball s Demon Barber Yesterday I finished this book on our most notorious hometown neighbor Buffalo News writer Lou Michel, used his geographical proximity to the home of Bill McVeigh, father of the Oklahoma bomber to bond with him He teamed up with fellow journalist Dan Herblock and used this access to extensively interview Timothy McVeigh and research his life.The book is free of the sensationalism that surrounds the extraor Earlier this month I read about a hometown hero Sal Maglie Baseball s Demon Barber Yesterday I finished this book on our most notorious hometown neighbor Buffalo News writer Lou Michel, used his geographical proximity to the home of Bill McVeigh, father of the Oklahoma bomber to bond with him He teamed up with fellow journalist Dan Herblock and used this access to extensively interview Timothy McVeigh and research his life.The book is free of the sensationalism that surrounds the extraordinary crime In even tones they write of a normal childhood though marred by bullies and his parents divorce , a drifting period that included some college but mostly dead end security jobs including the graveyard shift at the Buffalo Zoo , the Army Desert Storm where his grudge against the government began followed bydrifting, his crime and his trial.You see how the Iraq War built and destroyed McVeigh He benefited from army training and the leadership opportunity He made friends He felt the founding fathers would never approve of the use of the US Army in a war of this type He despaired at killing Iraqis which stands in contrast to his coldness towards his Oklahoma victims From the high of combat experience he went to the dullness of civilian life, where his heroic skills were not marketable, appreciated or understood He was back to low wage dead end jobs and drifting He had always had an anti government streak, but the events at Waco stirred him to obsession.There are glimpses of the gun show culture where anti government pamphlets, books, T shirts some quite offensive and bumper stickers are well received Like McVeigh, many in this culture saw Ruby Ridge and Waco as harbingers of further government attacks on the people McVeigh chose the Murrah building for his bombing attack because it housed the ATF and FBI, both responsible for Waco In bombing on the Waco anniversary date he would send a message that people could rally around He conceived it as the start of a second American Revolution.There are detailed descriptions of how McVeigh exploited friendships to carry out his plan Not only did he involve his hapless Army buddies, but had a successful gun show entrepreneur, who took McVeigh into his home and mentored him, robbed at gun point to finance the bombing.McVeigh saw his trial as an illustration of his point about the government It cost the tax payers over 78 million to kill him The authors show how his ineffective team of lawyers took 20 million of it with the lead attorney traveling the world trying to find conspiracies and giving defense and jury selection jobs to his colleagues.The authors show the devastation of the bombing and its impact on the people and their city There is a good description of the McVeigh family and how they coped In prison, McVeigh stretched current events to attempt to find some meaning or result in what he had done He met the uni bomber who considered McVeigh s method crude and ineffective, unlike his targeted bombing statements.This is an excellent and thorough book It is of interest to anyone interested in not just this terrorist act, but also the mind of someone who could and did focus on a terrorist plan and carry it out

  2. Mikey B. says:

    This is a gripping study of Timothy McVeigh who orchestrated the bombing of the Murrah federal office building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 168 people died and several hundred were injured.We are presented with a detailed background of Timothy McVeigh his family, his upbringing in Pendleton, New York near Buffalo , his friends, army service and then the crucial months before he detonated the explosion in a large rental Ryder truck beside the Murrah Building We are given the how, This is a gripping study of Timothy McVeigh who orchestrated the bombing of the Murrah federal office building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 168 people died and several hundred were injured.We are presented with a detailed background of Timothy McVeigh his family, his upbringing in Pendleton, New York near Buffalo , his friends, army service and then the crucial months before he detonated the explosion in a large rental Ryder truck beside the Murrah Building We are given the how, what, where and to an extent, the why, of this tragedy We can never know exactly what motivated Timothy McVeigh to kill so many innocent people, but this book comes pretty close, in describing the pathways this young man followed that led to the devastation.Timothy was about to turn 27 years of age when he did this When he graduated from high school he was a normal kid with normal parents, even though they were divorced He came from a middle class background and grew up in a nice neighborhood He never succumbed to any kind of substance abuse, and until the fateful day he had never been arrested.It was after high school that Timothy was havingandtrouble adjusting and fitting in like finding a job that would lead to a career He became a drifter and never had his own home He was having trouble with authority as in having a boss Also he wasandobsessed with guns and the rights of gun owners.Page 203 my book To McVeigh, after all, carrying a gun was normal behavior He thought it was strange that some people didn t carry guns.So here was a guy in his mid twenties with no steady job and income, no girlfriend, who was driving across the U.S and staying with assorted friends, mostly old army buddies He was becoming increasingly fanatical particularly about government He was obsessed, believing that the government was constantly taking away the rights and freedoms of citizens He was becomingandfringe going to gun conventions, be friending militia rights and survivalist advocates who all detested the U.S government McVeigh and others believed that the U.S and the U.N were on the verge of forming a world government that would exert global control and domination To prevent this, the solution would be to arm yourself with stacks of guns and ammo and food supplies as well.The Waco disaster in 1993 pushed McVeigh over the edge from talk to action He wanted revenge for what the government agencies had done at Waco In any conversations with friends or family the conversation would always turn to the government he hated so much So he methodically planned this revenge stealing and buying explosives then storing them using a couple of friends to help him out well explained in the book He traveled the highways of America, built and maintained by the government he so detested, making contacts to gather all the necessary ingredients to set off his explosives When Timothy McVeigh was in his late teens he made himself very computer literate and this was at the start of the internet boom in the late 1980 s I couldn t help wondering what would have happened if he had pursued a career in this expanding field at this stage of his life Very possibly the Oklahoma bombing would not have occurred It just seemed that McVeigh did not want a boss or to belong to an organization He did join the army which admittedly does have a lot of bosses but here McVeigh had large toys and guns to play with.This book gives us an indelible portrait of Timothy McVeigh We come away with a view of an obviously capable and intelligent individual but someone who was also cold and detached from normal society a prime example of a fanatic He kept repeating, after the bombing, that he was not aware that there was a day care centre in the Murrah Building as if that justified his atrocity He was so removed from everyday life that he did not realize that most office buildings have a day care centre.He was executed on June 11, 2001 after this book was published.Below are two photos of the Oklahoma National Memorial There are 168 chairs representing the people killed that day The chairs are arranged in nine rows to represent the nine floors of the Murrah Building Nineteen smaller chairs were made to represent the nineteen children killed Each chair has a victims name

  3. Michael Gerald says:

    Before 9 11, the worst terrorist attack in the United States was the truck bomb that destroyed the Alfred Murrah Federal Government building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 that killed 168 innocent people The crime was not perpetrated by foreign terrorists, but by an American and a decorated war veteran American Terrorist is a great case study of the bomber, Timothy McVeigh, and his background and events that contributed to his act of mass murder Even though McVeigh s act can never be j Before 9 11, the worst terrorist attack in the United States was the truck bomb that destroyed the Alfred Murrah Federal Government building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 that killed 168 innocent people The crime was not perpetrated by foreign terrorists, but by an American and a decorated war veteran American Terrorist is a great case study of the bomber, Timothy McVeigh, and his background and events that contributed to his act of mass murder Even though McVeigh s act can never be justified, the authors of the book succeeded in trying to get as deep as possible inside McVeigh s mind and attempt to explain his motives This they did by analyzing voluminous documents and conducting numerous interviews, including several with McVeigh himself inside prison, where they obtained his confession for the crime.From the trauma of his parents divorce, his experience in the first Gulf War, and the trigger that was the conflagration in Waco, Texas on April 19, 1993 exactly two years before the Oklahoma City bombing the book traces his path to infamy This is a fascinating study of what otherwise would have been a decent, intelligent young man who was consumed by his paranoid assumptions about the society he was in, eventually leading him to kill 168 men, women, and children injuring hundreds , and causing so much anguish and pain to their families and to his own parents and friends

  4. Doug DePew says:

    I think American Terrorist Timothy McVeigh the Oklahoma City Bombing by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck is an important book for Americans to read It is very unbiased and straight forward, and it helps explain just what happened to lead to the greatest domestic terrorism incident in our history I think it will help the nation heal As others have stated, it won t leave you with a feeling that McVeigh was a psychopath That s the most disturbing part of the the entire book He wasn t.The bo I think American Terrorist Timothy McVeigh the Oklahoma City Bombing by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck is an important book for Americans to read It is very unbiased and straight forward, and it helps explain just what happened to lead to the greatest domestic terrorism incident in our history I think it will help the nation heal As others have stated, it won t leave you with a feeling that McVeigh was a psychopath That s the most disturbing part of the the entire book He wasn t.The book follows McVeigh s life all the way from his birth and innocuous childhood, through his military career, and to the fateful day when he placed a truck bomb outside the Oklahoma City Federal Building and murdered hundreds of people It s an interesting journey Following a regular guy who went way off the tracks and did such a horrible thing from beginning to finish issobering I found the information about how he planned the bomb with Nichols the most interesting It s hard to believe a regular guy could sit in his friend s house and plan it that way, but it makes sense.I ve recommended this book to friends, and they often recoil I don t want to read about that freak I think people should read about that freak because there s no other way to begin the healing Knowing what happened is the first step.This book was constructed through interviews with McVeigh on death row and interviews with many other people involved who knew McVeigh It s probably as close as we ll ever get to understanding what caused him to do what he did It is well written Although it will make you cringe and recoil at points because of the drastic nature of the events, I think it s an important book

  5. Benjamin Jones says:

    My wife and I recently visited the Oklahoma City Memorial so, when I saw this in my local bookstore last Saturday, I had to pick it up I really enjoyed the book and it provided a lot of good insight into the mind of Timothy McVeigh, who the authors interviewed for the book.The book delves into Timothy s life, from a baby up until before his execution It really is amazing how someone with so much promise he was damn near Jack Bauer esque in the Army switched and became such an evil man Hig My wife and I recently visited the Oklahoma City Memorial so, when I saw this in my local bookstore last Saturday, I had to pick it up I really enjoyed the book and it provided a lot of good insight into the mind of Timothy McVeigh, who the authors interviewed for the book.The book delves into Timothy s life, from a baby up until before his execution It really is amazing how someone with so much promise he was damn near Jack Bauer esque in the Army switched and became such an evil man Highly recommended

  6. Shane says:

    A real page turner Puts you right alongside McVeigh from his time serving in the Gulf War, at Waco, and on the road to OKC.

  7. Randall says:

    Historical, in depth, while lacking in areasThis book is historical Michel clearly devoted himself to delivering McVeigh to the world My only criticism is the occasional lack of objectivity when it came to McVeigh s motive and plan 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 M Historical, in depth, while lacking in areasThis book is historical Michel clearly devoted himself to delivering McVeigh to the world My only criticism is the occasional lack of objectivity when it came to McVeigh s motive and plan 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

  8. SHUiZMZ says:

    Terrorism of any kind is ugly and violence usually is never the answer I say usually, because sometimes it seems like it is, but the murdering of innocent civilians in this case , is just wrong Social Protest is one thing, and as much as I think there are good and bad people within the government and the various branches of government, too many women and children were killed that had nothing to do with Timothy McVeigh s form of protest in the manner of a bloody massacre of almost 170 Americ Terrorism of any kind is ugly and violence usually is never the answer I say usually, because sometimes it seems like it is, but the murdering of innocent civilians in this case , is just wrong Social Protest is one thing, and as much as I think there are good and bad people within the government and the various branches of government, too many women and children were killed that had nothing to do with Timothy McVeigh s form of protest in the manner of a bloody massacre of almost 170 Americans It was a fascinating read about an ugly event in American history

  9. Aloma says:

    Finally read this bookI enjoyed the book immensely I had never had much interest in McVeigh s story but I see in our country now the possibility ofAmerican Terrorists on both the right and the left How thus plays out I think will be frightening but zealotry like this is becomingcommon on both sides I see our country headed towards many acts like this and I think it will be done by the radical right and the radical left.

  10. Paul says:

    A biography of Timothy McVeigh starting from his birth, through to the Oklahoma City bombing and ending with him on death row This book does obviously cover the bombing of the federal building and its victims but this is not its primary focus Some may find it repulsive that McVeigh has had a book written that focuses primarily from his point of view and if I remember correctly that there was some issues when this book was published in 2001 I personally think this was a very good book and an i A biography of Timothy McVeigh starting from his birth, through to the Oklahoma City bombing and ending with him on death row This book does obviously cover the bombing of the federal building and its victims but this is not its primary focus Some may find it repulsive that McVeigh has had a book written that focuses primarily from his point of view and if I remember correctly that there was some issues when this book was published in 2001 I personally think this was a very good book and an interesting read about a young mans descent into paranoia and hated A hatred so intense that he killed 168 people to satisfy it and in the end with no regrets