Oklahoma City by Andrew Gumbel

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The great value of "Oklahoma City" is not that it solves a mystery but that it reveals the limits, and vulnerabilities, of a no-expense-barred government investigation.
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Oklahoma City is a riveting account of one of the deadliest acts of terrorism on American soil, combining groundbreaking investigative research with a thrilling and true conspiracy story that has implications for national security and law enforcement today.

April 19, 1995: Timothy McVeigh drove into downtown Oklahoma City in a rented Ryder truck containing a fertilizer bomb that he and his army buddy Terry Nichols had made the previous day. He parked, hopped out of the truck, and walked away. 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.

Weaving together key elements of personal correspondence with co-defendant Terry Nichols, hundreds of hours of interviews, and thousands of government documents, Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed—and Why It Still Matters by investigative reporter Andrew Gumbel and retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel Roger G. Charles is a riveting piece of journalism and a cautionary tale for our times.

 

About Andrew Gumbel

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Andrew Gumbel is an award-winning journalist and former longtime correspondent for British newspapers, including the Guardian and the Independent, and has been on the scene at a number of international conflicts. He is the author of, Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America. Born in London and educated at Oxford, he lives in Los Angeles, California.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by William Morrow. 450 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Edward Jay Epstein on Apr 13 2012

The great value of "Oklahoma City" is not that it solves a mystery but that it reveals the limits, and vulnerabilities, of a no-expense-barred government investigation.

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