Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City : What the Investigation Missed--And Why It Still Matters

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On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh drove into Oklahoma City in a rented Ryder truck and detonated a deadly fertilizer bomb, obliterating one-third of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and killing 168 people. McVeigh claimed he conspired only with his old army buddy Terry Nichols, who had helped him make the bomb the day before. 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. 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 and the unanswered question of who inspired the plot and who else might have been involved.
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  • Paperback | 682 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 43.18mm | 748.42g
  • Harperluxe
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • Halftones, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0062107100
  • 9780062107107
  • 1,749,329

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"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
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