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1. The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma
2. American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh
3. The Oklahoma City Bombing and
4. Patriots, Politics, and the Oklahoma
5. Insiders' Guide to Oklahoma City
6. Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch,
7. Others Unknown: Timothy McVeigh
8. Simple Truths: The Real Story
9. The Third Terrorist: The Middle
10. Historic Photos of Oklahoma City
11. Oklahoma City Bombing: The Suppressed
12. Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism
13. American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh
14. Oklahoma City Zoo 1902-1959(OK)
15. (Color Reprint) 1986 Yearbook:
16. Ashley'S Garden Aftermath Of Oklahoma
17. Baseball in Oklahoma City (OK)(Images
18. Oklahoma City Rediscovered (OK)
19. Rand Mcnally Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
20. The Oklahoma City bombing: the

1. The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory
by Edward T. Linenthal
Paperback: 320 Pages (2003-05-01)
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On April 19, 1995 the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City shook the nation, destroying our complacent sense of safety and sending a community into a tailspin of shock, grief, and bewilderment. Almost as difficult as the bombing itself has been the aftermath, its legacy for Oklahoma City and for the nation, and the struggle to recover from this unprecedented attack. In The Unfinished Bombing, Edward T. Linenthal explores the many ways Oklahomans and other Americans have tried to grapple with this catastrophe. Working with exclusive access to materials gathered by the Oklahoma City National Memorial Archive and drawing from over 150 personal interviews with family members of those murdered, survivors, rescuers, and many others, Linenthal looks at how the bombing threatened cherished ideas about American innocence, sparked national debate on how to respond to terrorism at home and abroad, and engendered a new ""bereaved community"" in Oklahoma City itself. Linenthal examines how different stories about the bombing were told through positive narratives of civic renewal and of religious redemption and more negative narratives of toxicity and trauma. He writes about the extraordinary bonds of affection that were created in the wake of the bombing, acts of kindness, empathy, and compassion that existed alongside the toxic legacy of the event. The Unfinished Bombing offers a compelling look at both the individual and the larger cultural consequences of one of the most searing events in recent American history. ""Written before Sept. 11, yet there's no mistaking the lessons for New York in Oklahoma City's journey of public discourse and private healing.""--New York Daily News.Amazon.com Review
How do Americans, long innocent of such things, comprehend large-scale acts of domestic terrorism? How do they commemorate the victims of such deeds? In this unfortunately timely book, historian Edward T. Linenthal examines these questions as they were addressed by the people of Oklahoma City after the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

In that attack, 168 men, women, and children died. Each left behind stunned, grieving relatives and loved ones; each left behind a personal history suddenly become part of the cultural and psychic property of the nation, as in the instance ofBaylee Almon, whose corpse, cradled in the arms of a fireman, became an iconic image. As Linenthal writes in this careful work of cultural history, it fell on Oklahomans to process their grief in the wake of "violent mass death," no easy task, and to design and construct an appropriate memorial--which, after painful arguments over every detail, they did, and to stunning effect. Linenthal's thoughtful account summarizes some of the many lessons to be drawn from the Oklahoma City attack, lessons that, sadly, the world has had to learn anew. --Gregory McNamee ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Memory and History in Modern America
In so many ways this is a fascinating and thoughtful book on one of the most important tragedies in American public life in the last decade of the twentieth century. No area of historical study in the last twenty years has been more important than the nature of memory and "The Unfinished Bombing" is an attempt to understand how Americans have recalled the April 19, 1995, instance of domestic terrorism that took place in Oklahoma City. On that day Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols conspired to explode a truck bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building killing 168 people, injuring many more, and opening a wound on the national landscape about the nature of modern American democracy. It is an exceptional study of how stories about the past become a master narrative, and what lessons they teach to those affected. This memory is constructed gradually over time as people reflect on the meaning of what has transpired, and much of what emerges is not so much a fable or falsehood as it is a kind of poetry about events and situations that have great significance for the people involved. The memories over time become more significant than the cold, hard facts of the past, insofar as they are recoverable at all, and become the essential truths of the past for the members of a cultural group who hold them, enact them, or perceive them. This book helps to pull those ideas together into a coherent discussion concerning the 1995 bombing.

Edward T. Linenthal, now at Indiana University where he edits the "Journal of American History," draws on extensive field work in Oklahoma City to construct this analysis of public memory and memorialization. Most interesting to me was how three preferred narratives emerged from the bombing, all rooted in personal understandings of what took place. The first was a progressive story of how the tragedy was overcome. It was about the heroism of the rescue workers, the support of citizens throughout the nation, and the recovery of Oklahoma City through urban renewal, commemoration, and a demonstration of character. This is very much, as Linenthal wrote, a story of "yes, it was horrendous but..." (p. 41) before telling all of the good that emerged from the experience. A second narrative, Linenthal believes, is one of redemption, "A crisis of meaning, as people struggled to locate it in an ongoing religious narrative" (p. 53). In this narrative, the pain and suffering of those who died, as well as those who survived, served as a sacrament, in the words of one survivor, Susan Urbach, "an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace" (p. 70). Finally, Linenthal unpacks what he calls a toxic narrative, one filled with loss, mourning, pain, and suffering. Sometimes it manifested itself in anger and agony, sometimes in fear and a desire for retribution, sometimes in the broken lives those who could not deal with the tragedy.

It is this last narrative that Linenthal spends the most time with, writing at length about what he calls a "wounded community." He describes in detail the process whereby members of the families of those at the Murrah building waited to hear if their loved ones had been rescued, or if bodies had been recovered, and finally how they commemorated those lost. Not only that, the toll on those working on the rescue efforts was intense. The best example, well told in "The Unfinished Bombing," is of Chris Fields, the fireman who became a celebrity when his picture was taken bringing the body of a one-year-old girl (Baylee Almon) out of the rubble, and the mother of the child, Aren Almon-Kok, who also became a celebrity. Neither had any desire for such a spotlight to be shined on their lives, but modern media omnivorous in its appetite for visuality turned them into public figures. The fact that they handled this scrutiny, dare I say intrusion, into their private lives with grace during a time of trauma says much about the quiet dignity of many of those who had to deal with this act of homegrown terrorism. Linenthal, tells in this episode the interweaving of the toxic, redemptive, and progressive narratives in the lives of those at the Murrah building on the morning of April 19th.

Toward the end of this account Linenthal discusses the process of commemoration of this terrorist act. Here he is concerned mostly with the public memory offered for all to see. He notes that in such instances considerable debate is necessary to determine hat exactly "is being remembered, who is being remembered, and the forms through which remembrance is expressed" (p. 195). Hierarchies of those who suffered found expression in the commemoration, discussions of whether or not to mention the terrorists who perpetrated the bombing also took place. And then, of course, there was the difficult process of deciding on the design to be employed in the memorial. What resulted was akin to a public park, and questions about its serene nature overcoming the horror of the event abounded. In the end, through a convoluted process of discourse involving huge numbers of people most agreed that this memorial was a fitting tribute to those killed, as well as those injured both physically and emotionally, in this terrorist attack. Its incorporation into the National Park Service ensured that it became a major part of the official memory of the United States.

There is much to praise in this important book, and little to criticize. I recommend it as a fine case study of how we remember tragic events in the United States.

2-0 out of 5 stars An academic approach to a painful event
The 1995 bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City shook the nation and produced a modest flurry of books. This late addition fills in a few blanks that may interest specialists.

A life of Timothy McVeigh might enjoy wide appeal, and terrorist plots have a gruesome fascination, but readers won�t find them here.Edward Linenthal, Professor of Religion and American Culture at the University of Wisconsin spends little time on the bombers and the explosion.He has written a history of ideas, an academic field in which the books may outnumber the readers. In works of this genre, the author first asks a question.Thus, was the bombing a senseless atrocity? Or was it an act one would expect in the U.S., a culture that glamorizes violence?Having asked a question, the author doesn�t answer it.He collects everyone else�s answer, assembling page after page of quotes from editorials, talk shows, pundits, politicians, clergymen, and academics. After recording these thoughts, the author draws no conclusions.The chapter ends.Another chapters introduces another question. Was God or Satan responsible for the catastrophe?Oklahomans are a conservative people, and there is no shortage of feeling that a federal government that keeps the Bible out of schools bears much responsibility.Ironically, clergymen are far more restrained than laymen in laying blame.Mostly, clergymen admit they can�t explain it.

For years after the blast, the city argued vehemently over a proper memorial for the victims.The author considers this such an important controversy that he devotes half the book to it.With the memorial complete, I doubt if many residents of Oklahoma City want to read about the pros and cons of the design.It has even less appeal to anyone else.

5-0 out of 5 stars A timely casestudy of the American mourning/memorial process
'The Unfinished Bombing' provides a glimpse into what happened in Oklahoma City AFTER the bombing, and details the evolution of the National Memorial completed in 2000.In light of what happened on 9/11/2001, this book provides a remarkable insight into how we as a society grieve and memorialize sites of national tragedy.This is not any easy or simple process, and Linenthal does an excellent job in explaining what happened in OKC, and the wide variety of issues that were confonted in developing the memorial.

I would recommend this book to anyone considering how America should memorialize the World Trade Center site. ... Read more

2. American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing
by Lou Michel, Dan Herbeck
Hardcover: 426 Pages (2001-05-01)
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At 9:02 A.M. on April 19, 1995, in the largest terrorist act ever perpetrated on American soil, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City was destroyed by the explosion of a homemade truck bomb. One hundred and sixty-eight people -- including nineteen children -- were killed by the blast, and more than five hundred others were injured. Timothy J. McVeigh, an antigovernment activist, was tried and convicted of the bombing. But to Americans everywhere, the story has remained a mystery, held hostage by McVeigh's refusal to explain or even discuss the event and his involvement.

With this book, that mystery is solved.

American Terrorist will change, unmistakably and permanently, our understanding of the crime. Journalists Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck have been researching the Oklahoma City bombing -- and the Iife of Tim McVeigh -- since the week the tragedy occurred. They have interviewed more than one hundred and fifty people from every stage of McVeigh's life, from his childhood friends to the psychiatrist hired by the defense team to examine him before his trial. They have garnered the cooperation of McVeigh's father, mother, and sister Jennifer, and gained exclusive access to previously unpublished family photographs and personal effects. And, in April 1999, Michel and Herbeck secured an extraordinary coup: in more than seventy-five hours of interviews, they persuaded Timothy McVeigh to give the first complete, candid, no-holds-barred account of his story -- an account, given with no compensation or right of approval, that American Terrorist sheds light on every aspect of McVeigh's life. It describes his relationship with Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier and the consuming distrust of the government shared by the three. And in its pages every detail of the bombing itself is reconstructed, from the origins of the plot to the moment of detonation and McVeigh's aborted getaway. American Terrorist puts to rest conspiracy theories that have previously gone unresolved. It clarifies the role and responsibility of every person who has been implicated in the plan. And it explains, thoroughly and definitively, how a decorated war hero from rural New York State became the worst mass murderer in the nation's history.

At once a powerful work of journalism and a uniquely American story, American Terrorist wiII help bring closure, once and for all, to a wound left too long open in our national psyche. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh & the Oklahoma City Bombing
If you want more details about what drove Timothy McVeigh to perform such a heinous act, this would be a good book to read. It chronicles his life from a child all the way through the bombing and illustrates why he was so driven in his mission. It was easy to read and took a neutral position through most of the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to Put Down
Definitely agree with everyone who says not to read this book looking for any kind of closure. I expected it to be unsettling and really just wanted a broader perspective.

What I find interesting is how so many people are quick to apply the labels "psychopath" or "sociopath" which translate in clinical settings to Antisocial Personality Disorder. But I don't see in McVeigh many of the diagnostic markers of APD usually present before age 18 (i.e. animal cruelty, legal trouble, irreverence to authority, manipulating people for pleasure).

What I see is more of a combination of paranoid traits (fear of an impending government takeover; constant vigilance in the event of some all-out war between the government and the people; the belief that significant events are rooted in conspiracies) and narcissistic traits (the constant talk about being significant in history; the seeming belief that one is above the rules; a lack of empathy).

I found this book pretty difficult to put down and I engaged with it almost immediately. Just don't expect to feel any better or get any clarity; I don't think that's the purpose of the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oklahoma Bombing Disaster
Timothy McVeigh was an average child growing up in rural America. An outstanding soldier who fought for his Country with no reservations. Then his mind changed regarding the US Government and the deletion of individual rights. The author did a great job describing the actual bombing event, and the subsequent trial. You could feel nothing but sympathy for Bill McVeigh, Timothy's father. A great, fast read. If you are interested in how a lot of the militant groups are thinking in this Country, this will give some insight.

5-0 out of 5 stars There but for fortune, go you or I
Best organized book on the fortune and misfortune insights and lives of Timothy McVeigh. How and where he met his now infamous friends. How plans were formed.

Some of the details are a little freaky as I come from a different era yet I read many of the same books and watched the same movies. Even had many similar experiences in the army even though it was a different MOS and locations. I was in armed recon.

The book is well written by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck, staff reporters for the Buffalo News. I could tell occasionally that the writers were writing about things that they did not experience themselves.

This is one book that should not be overlooked if you want to be culturally literate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This was a great book that allowed the reader to get into the mind of an American terrorist. The authors were precise and shared a great deal of information about Timothy McVeigh and his mindset throughout his childhood and adult years. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about what caused Tim McVeigh to bomb the government building in Oklahoma City or anyone curious about the mindset of a terrorist. ... Read more

3. The Oklahoma City Bombing and the Politics of Terror
by David Hoffman
Paperback: 509 Pages (1998-04)
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This in-depth investigation allegedly uncovers terrifying information about the tragic Oklahoma City bombing and suggests that terrorist acts are used by the government to increase wiretapping, search and seizure, and invasive surveillance of private citizens. Photos & illustrations. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Get your copy quickly
This book cites the facts.The reason the used price is so low is because it is mysteriously going ex library.You know what to do.

5-0 out of 5 stars a compendium of evidence leading to an incontravertible conclusion
I bought this book whe it first came out more than ten Years ago.One significant fact was that shortly after its release the FBI succeded in getting an Injunction to stop Feral press from printing it.The book itself is almost a smoking gun with the fingerprints of the goverments shadowy subversive agencies all over it.I am somewhat cynically amused at the people who admit this book disturbs their faith in the American Political establishment. In deed when the pertinent facts of the bombing were known to mea year befor this book came out my faith was "disturbed" also. Of course now I no longer view the US government as anything but a collection of criminals so nothing published about them surprizes me any more.
In fact our political infrastructure surrendered to the monsters long ago, and consists of a legion of chislers making whatever shady deals and compromises needed to get the days business done. Sometimes the mask slips and the sordid natuire of the beast is revealed like the Ex govenor of Illinois and his blatent selling of a senatorial appointment to replace Obama. But mostly, the public facade is kept intact, and the public are fed bogus "intelligence" from talking heads at PBS, or for the low brows, CNN.
The truth disturbs because Americans do not like to think of themselves living in the same kind of political sewer that is only supposed to exist in Banana Republics.It disturbs because it demands of those with a sense of ethics, the requirement to take action, and the knowledge that it is virtually the entire government hierarchy that one is ethically required to oppose, not just an odd crooked politician or two. It is the vast scope of the festering sewer that is revealed, and the knowlege that most of your fellow citizens are not prepared for such knowlege that suddenly confronts a person.It is likea child walking up a hill and as he passes the crest suddenly seeing an invading army on the other side.Your world is changed and what do you do?
That was my reaction in 1996 when I knew for sure that elements of the American government not only knew about it but managed it, turning a stupid idea of a bunch of mentally retarded neo Nazis, that would have in all probility gone nowhere even if ther weren't an alphabet soup of governmentagencies, all with their own undercover agents and informants, literally tripping all over each other at the Nutzi compound of Elohim City where the whole thing was hatched, into (until 9/11) the most deadly terrorist plot in American history. The terroists who plotted this one, however were all inside the Washington beltway.
So I will not hedge my review with meally-mouthed words like the goverment has a lot of questions to answer. Anyone expecting honest answers must also expect the likes of Bill Clinton, Louis Freeh, Janet Reno, and others to meekly walk into the execution chamber and say "yeah we knew about it or yeah we covered it up , here go ahead stick the needle in". Do I really need to say, it ain't gonna happen?
So what do you do when the shock wears off and you know, not think, but you know, just how dirty "your" government really is?
Well you have the obligation to educate, to spread the book and the other materials such as the Partin report, printed in the New American, to those thoughful Americans whoare honest enough to be able to look a monstous sickening fact in the eye and not shy away in denial.
Good luck and welcome to what I have been living with for thirteen years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Detailed Evidence About The U.S. Government's
"DETAILED EVIDENCE ABOUT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S unholy alliance with the terrorist underworld---and of a sting operation that led to the Oklahoma City bombing---will no doubt shock many people.

Reporter David Hoffman's definitive, two-year investigation leads to a number of revelations....."
[from the book of the back cover]

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Government Cover-Up?
Like the Warren Commission Report on the murder of John F. Kennedy, we have another super bullet or in this case bomb that can do stuff that can't be done(in science or logic). The FBI, ATF... don't have a good reputation of being top crime investigators; in fact under Hoover's watch they seemed more interested in getting "dirt" on top politicians, civil rights leaders...than solving crimes.

I never bought the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK on his own with an old rifle that had magic bullets. No matter that real sharpshooters couldn't reproduce his marksmanship; the fatal headshot very likely came from the front, not the rear. The evidence points to multiple shooters, but the government concluded that Oswald acted alone...baloney.

The Oklahoma City bombing is the same old sale's story from the FBI, which the author proves was faulty investigating by quoting real life bomb experts who say that a fertilizer bomb didn't do-do what the government said it done. Like the super bullet of Oswald, we have the super crap bomb of Timmy's! It seems the government is more interested in getting a warm human body convicted for the crime, and closing the case. Hey, it's a win for the government; who cares if someone else was involved or was the real killer(s)... what happened to justice in the US of A or did we ever have it(remember the verdict in OJ's trial, money and fame can buy you freedom for your sin's).

2-0 out of 5 stars Overheated Black Helicopter Stuff But with Some Good Information
I haven't finished the whole book, but I've carefully read the first few chapters, skimmed the rest and studied the appendices. What I'm trouble with is the lack of intellectual rigor. Hoffman writes with a goal in mind-he starts out with a thesis and then marshalls facts to prove it. A proper approach to such an explosive (pun intended) hypothesis is to carefully show how you ruled out contrary evidence.

I got a bit of a sick feeling in my stomach as Hoffman actually makes Timothy ("Tim" or "Timmy") out to be some kind of sympathetic or respectable person who was simply exploited by CIA type bad guys into doing something he didn't want to do. I don't care if there are others to blame or there was a government cover-up or other malfeasance, this guy was involved in wanton murder and it is sickening to whitewash it at all.

The only possible redeeming quality of the book is information suggesting involvement of other groups and the government's apparent reluctance (to put it mildly) to pursue these other possibilities. This includes the many witness accounts of McVeigh being spotted in the company of accomplices up to and including the morning of the bombing, serious technical questions about the ability of the ANFO bomb to do the kind of damage done to the Murrah building and possible links to middle eastern terrorists or terror-sponsoring governments.

A far better treatment of the subject is Jayna Davis' book, "The Third Terrorist" which is very careful in its analysis and doesn't try to weave these black theories of secret government plots to make right wing nutjobs take the blame. I would not recommend purchasing Hoffman's book: get it from the library. Or better yet, read Davis' book and skim Hoffmans'. ... Read more

4. Patriots, Politics, and the Oklahoma City Bombing (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics)
by Stuart A. Wright
Paperback: 254 Pages (2007-06-11)
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This book explores an escalating spiral of tension between the Patriot movement and the state leading up to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.The author served as a consultant to Timothy McVeigh's defense team and draws on information based on face-to-face interviews with McVeigh.Wright contends that McVeigh was firmly entrenched in the Patriot movement and was part of a network of 'warrior cells' that planned and carried out the bombing.By examining the Patriot movement's history and subsequent reconfiguration of conflicts with the state, McVeigh's role in the bombing can be more fully understood. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars distortion of history
Justification of the government version of the facts.It resembles the presentation of the government case at the McVeigh trial.To get the truth, readers are better off with The Oklahoma City Bombing and the Politics of Terror by David Hoffman.If you want to read Hoffman's book, you best get your copy quickly.Hoffman's book is mysteriously going ex library and off the shelves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great culminating read on the OKC bombing
After researching and skimming through other books written about the Oklahoma City bombing and Timothy McVeigh, this book by far takes the cake.I started reading the first chapter and before I knew it I was half way into the book!Author does a great job laying out the timeline, facts, and events that lead up to the Oklahoma City bombing- even after the event! Anoter recommendation would be "American Terrorist" by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck.

5-0 out of 5 stars Page turner
In the rush to keep America safe, this book reminds us that the country inadvertently nurtures terrorism amongst 'all-American' types.

Both McVeigh and Nichols never would have fit the profile of a 'suspected terrorist'. This is because they were military veterans without prior arrest records who lived in middle America.

But Middle America feels alienated from its government. Come to think of it, they ultimately don't trust the government at all. Coming back after a military service, they were drawn into a gun show underground where restrictions on weapons are conveniently unenforced.

The going mantra at such events appears to be "If you want it, there is somebody who is just as willing to sell it to you". And coupled with the presence of equally chilling materials, this ultimately spelled out a recipe for disaster.

Serving as a consultant to Timothy McVeigh's defense team, Stuart Wright did not actually come across as somebody championing his client. Rather, I came away with an objective account of the tragedy.

I also compared his thoughtful examination against our ongoing public paranoia against 'outsiders' particularly those with certain-sounding names. The former seems like it offers the more reasonable strategy for effectively addressing and then winning the war against terrorism--international AND domestic.
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5. Insiders' Guide to Oklahoma City (Insiders' Guide Series)
by Deborah Bouziden
Paperback: 288 Pages (2009-12-22)
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Insiders' Guide to Oklahoma City is the essential source for in-depth travel and relocation information to Oklahoma's captial city. Written by a local (and true insider), it offers a personal and practical perspective of Oklahoma City and its surrounding environs. 
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6. Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero
by Marita Sturken
Paperback: 360 Pages (2007-01-01)
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In Tourists of History, the cultural critic Marita Sturken argues that over the past two decades, Americans have responded to national trauma through consumerism, kitsch sentiment, and tourist practices in ways that reveal a tenacious investment in the idea of America’s innocence. Sturken investigates the consumerism that followed from the September 11th attacks; the contentious, ongoing debates about memorials and celebrity-architect designed buildings at Ground Zero; and two outcomes of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City: the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the execution of Timothy McVeigh.

Sturken contends that a consumer culture of comfort objects such as World Trade Center snow globes, FDNY teddy bears, and Oklahoma City Memorial t-shirts and branded water, as well as reenactments of traumatic events in memorial and architectural designs, enables a national tendency to see U.S. culture as distant from both history and world politics. A kitsch comfort culture contributes to a “tourist” relationship to history: Americans can feel good about visiting and buying souvenirs at sites of national mourning without having to engage with the economic, social, and political causes of the violent events. While arguing for the importance of remembering tragic losses of life, Sturken is urging attention to a dangerous confluence—of memory, tourism, consumerism, paranoia, security, and kitsch—that promulgates fear to sell safety, offers prepackaged emotion at the expense of critical thought, contains alternative politics, and facilitates public acquiescence in the federal government’s repressive measures at home and its aggressive political and military policies abroad.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Worth a read!
This book was actually required reading for a Communication class in college.

It was a surprisingly interesting and in depth read.I would recommend adding it to your collection.

Definitely enlightens you to how American's react to tragedy, as well as, how our society has grown accustomed to exploiting tragedy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The limits of materialism...
Marita Sturken's "Tourists of History" is an enlightening overview about how America dealt with the two most catastrophic events of its recent history - the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 - by wrapping itself in a mantle of kitschy products which tried, but ultimately failed, to bring comfort to the bereaved.
The quintessential object of comfort is the teddy bear, given to children (and adults) affected by these two tragedies (and the sequential wars in Afghanistan and Iraq). These teddies (almost all of them cheaply manufactured overseas) are tasked with the job of saying, "All will be well over time" - a promise that neither they nor anyone else can keep. Nor can a teddy bear tell anyone about the social and political roots of terrorism, both domestic and international. What teddies do best is reinforce the intractable belief that America is innocent: We are the good guys, we have done nothing wrong in the world, how can anyone hate us? Anyone who has paid attention to history knows that America is not and has never been innocent.
Sturken urges us to take a good look at all of American history, and not be mere tourists only interested in the parts that are nice to look at. Buy this book today. ... Read more

7. Others Unknown: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing Conspiracy
by Peter Israel, Stephen Jones
Paperback: 416 Pages (2001-05-09)
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Finally: the truth behind McVeigh's self-serving account of the Oklahoma City bombing.

In Others Unknown, Stephen Jones, Timothy McVeigh's lawyer in his trial for the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Office Building in Oklahoma City, provides the fullest possible account of the worst act of terrorism in American history. In a complete revision of his 1998 hardcover, Jones tells for the first time the whole story of his investigation of the case, including what he was told by McVeigh and what he learned about others involved in the conspiracy. His account differs significantly from the tale McVeigh is telling as he faces execution for his crimes.

In interviews with Buffalo News journalists, reported in their recently released book American Terrorist (ReganBooks, 00/04), McVeigh claims total responsibility for the bombing, saying "It was my choice and my control to hit that building when it was full." In Others Unknown Jones sets the record straight, saying what he could not say when he first wrote this book, before McVeigh effectively waived attorney-client privilege: that based on what he learned as McVeigh's counsel, Jones knows that the bombing was a conspiracy, and that McVeigh was not its mastermind. "I'm not trying to say he was innocent. He has exaggerated his guilt to protect others. He played a role, but he was a foot soldier, a mule, not the general," says Jones.

"I know it did not happen the way he tells it in his book."

Jones reports in detail what McVeigh told him as the case progressed; explains why McVeigh did not plead guilty; and shows McVeigh's real role in the conspiracy and how he obstructed his own defense. This is the definitive historical record of a heinous act of murderous rage; an account indispensable to understanding what happened. And, says PublicAffairs CEO and publisher Peter Osnos: "We think it's important that Tim McVeigh not be given the final word." ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Amazon sent the wrong edition
In 2001, Jones, who had been McVeigh's attorney, was freed from the restrictions of attorney-client privilege and created a second edition containing information he was not free to relate in the 1st edition.If you only have the 1st edition, you don't have the real story.
I ordered the 2nd edition, next-day delivery, and Amazon sent me the 1ts edition, which is useless. So be careful.Amazon is refunding the price and the shipping, but that does not get me back my time.
A book seller ought to be able to ship you the correct edition of a book.Amazon apparently cannot.

this was a very well written book about a subject i knew little about. after reading it i was hooked and read many other books on the subject. it gives you insight in to the mind of mcveigh

4-0 out of 5 stars Persons Unknown
This is a very well written book, well researched, and insightful. Jones as defense counsel could have turned the job down but took the case knowing it would alienate many of his personal and business associates. His ethics in doing so and doing a good job are a credit to the oft-maligned legal profession. While he does not betray any attorney-client discussions, he makes a good case for two unsolved mysteries in the case. How was this financed? How did a fertilizer bomb do so much damage to a modern structure? He never got to the bottom of either, but it seems pretty clear Terry Nichols was the bag man for the operation and there were others involved in this bombing. A very well done book, readable, damning of the federal goverment, and insightful into the hate which was inspired against it by the carnage at Waco.

5-0 out of 5 stars Prophetic in many ways...
Jones's investigation revealed many things that were they taken seriously, events like 9/11 and TWA800 might not have had to happen. The Yousef connection in the Philippines, and his link OBL, long before 9/11, was demonstrated in this book.

Jones also demonstrated that McVeigh, while far from being a choir boy, probably bore the brunt of the punishment when many others were involved, and are still walking free. Strassmeier, for instance, is living a good life in Germany, while likely having the blood of 168 victims on his hands as well.

This book will forever change the way you think about OKC, and more importantly, the way our government prosecutes cases without a lot of substantial evidence. The question is not about McVeigh's guilt, it is about the others involved and government's failure to go after them with the same zealousness.

2-0 out of 5 stars A topic worthy of a better book.
This book is too poorly written to read and understand. Problems in organization, narrative style and structure, plus an occasionally annoying narrative voice, make it difficult to figure out what is going on. The time sequence is random and much that is irrelevant is mixed in and has to be sorted through.

The author's coy refusal to state whether he believes Timothy McVeigh is guilty is negated by McVeigh's own post-conviction confession.

Had the author focused on his actual thesis, that Timothy McVeigh did not act alone and probably had the support of some organization, and had he offered well-organized, well-reasoned and well-supported evidence to support this thesis, this would have been a much better book. ... Read more

8. Simple Truths: The Real Story of the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation (Oklahoma Horizons)
by Jon Hersley
Hardcover: 262 Pages (2004-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Can't wait
I haven't read this yet, but cannot wait to.I just read an interview by Michelle Gray with the author. Sounds fascinating. ... Read more

9. The Third Terrorist: The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing
by Jayna Davis
Paperback: 400 Pages (2008-07-29)
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Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were not the lone conspirators in the Oklahoma City bombing-the attack that killed nearly 170 people in a few short seconds. They were part of a greater scheme, one which involved Islamic terrorists and at least one provable link to Iraq. This book, written by the relentless reporter who first broke the story of the Mideast connection, is filled with new revelations about the case and explains in full detail the complete, and so far untold, story behind the failed investigation-why the FBI closed the door, what further evidence exists to prove the Iraqi connection, why it has been ignored, and what makes it more relevant now than ever. Told with a gripping narrative style and rock-solid investigative journalism and vetted by men such as former CIA director James Woolsey, Davis's piercing account is the first book to set the record straight about what really happened April 19, 1995.

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5-0 out of 5 stars More information from Ms. Davis
After reading the book Other's Unknown, by Steve Jones, McVeigh's original court appointed lawyer, one realized that there is more to this case than meets the eye.When Jayna Davis articles came out on line, she was able to put a face to the John Doe # 2 that was initally reported by the media and then unexpectedly dropped?After reading the infomation on line some time later, I sent Ms. Davis an email asking about progress and additional information on her investigation, in her reply she noted that my Massachusetts address (Braintree, MA) was the last know address of Al Huseini, John Doe #2, who disappeared afer the 9/11 attacks, his place of employment.... Boston's Logan Airport... the officials at the airport refuse to confirm what his duties were at Logan Airport.

4-0 out of 5 stars Flawed but Riveting
This book is not well written, but that doesn't matter. It also doesn't answer the big question, which is why the government decided to ignore the obvious Middle Eastern involvement in the bombing. The Administration and the FBI appraently wanted so badly to convict McVeigh and Nichols that they were willing to overlook everything else to make sure of the convictions. In addition, our close relationship with the Saudis probably played into our reluctance to follow the leads the KFOR team developed.

Despite the rambling format, this is a fascinating book, and one that everyone should read. It makes a convincing case that the Oklahoma City bombing was carried out by the same group of people that later attacked the World Trade Center in New York McVeigh and Nichols were just front men, soldiers. Certainly guilty, but not the planners or initiators of the action.

If we don't improve at understanding who we're fighting, we're going to lose this war!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Issue that will remain!
From the first World Trade Center bombing, the Oklahoma City bombing, the downing of TWA Flight 800, the Clinton administration was bound and determined not to get involved in foreign entanglements (War) and controlled the information and narrative of these disasters. The fact the Iraqi intelligence (under Saddam Hussein) played a significant role to these "man caused disasters" was to never see the light of day! Blaming the OK city bombing on domestic terrorists accomplished two things. It provided impetuous for Congress to pass onerous anti terrorism legislation and more importantly, to dampen the Patriot movement. Once again, we as a country are burying our heads in the sand and pretending that everything will be OK if we just whistle loud enough. The next attack will be devestating and the result will be martial law. Loss of all freedoms. Remember, the real threat (according to Napolitano) are pro-life groups and veterans, not islamo facists. Ignore the facts at your own peril!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is why President Clinton endorse the Iraqi Invasion!
Have you ever wondered why President Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton both, whole heartedly supported the invasion of Iraq after our invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11? It wasn't the "weapons of mass destruction" it was their knowledge of Iraq's involvement with the Oklahoma City bombing. They knew the story but failed to take action.
I could not understand the why President Bush invaded Iraq, after the invasion of Afghanistan, until I recalled the links in Jayana Davis book "The Third Terrorist...". Once you read this book you too will have an eye opening experience to the real reason for the Iraqi invasion...pay back!

5-0 out of 5 stars A frightening expose of government incompetence.
After having read this book, I found myself left with a profound lack of faith our government is capable of their first duty, protecting the citizens of this country. 9/11 proved that in spades.

Worse, it seems this government is impotent in dealing with terrorists in this country whether foreign or domestic, especially if there is even a hint, some blame could be ascribed, and the higher the blame goes, the more desperate they are to cover their collectives asses and sweep the threat under the rug. It is clear those coconspirators were Iraqis intelligence plants, and our people (under Clinton's watch)just watched it all go down. So massive CYA was the order of the day, paving the way for the worse to come.

Perhaps the most appalling aspect of this whole affair is the ignorance of public in general and certain commentators on these pages in particular.

Shame on you ignorant people for being more interested in political boot licking than the safety of your fellow citizens.

Ignorance is as effective of a killer as the ANOF that brought down that building. ... Read more

10. Historic Photos of Oklahoma City
by Larry Johnson
Hardcover: 216 Pages (2007-06-18)
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Oklahoma City is an American city quintessentially founded upon change. From its birth to the present, Oklahoma City has consistently built and reshaped its appearance, ideals, and industry. Through changing fortunes, the city has continued to grow and prosper by overcoming adversity and maintaining the strong, independent culture of its citizens.
Historic Photos of Oklahoma City captures this journey through still photography selected from the finest archives. From the Land Run of 1889 to the city s contribution to national defense during World War II, and the postwar era beyond, Historic Photos of Oklahoma City follows life, government, education, and events throughout the city s history.
This volume captures unique and rare scenes through the lens of hundreds of historic photographs. Published in striking black and white, these images communicate historic events and everyday life of two centuries of people building a unique and prosperous city. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The power of photographs
If you're looking for a way to celebrate Oklahoma's upcoming centennial, want to get a little more familiar with Oklahoma City history, or are curious about those notorious street jogs in the downtown area, then pick up a copy of this book and feast on a collection of photographs ranging from the Land Run of 1889 through the postwar era and beyond.

The book views the birth of Oklahoma City through the lens of a camera. The result of countless hours of research, it features a collection of historic black and white photographs recording moments in time that shaped the development of the capitol city.

Some highlights:
* Two townsite companies feuded over accurately surveying the townsite, resulting in strangely aligned streets
* Treeless fields filled with tents, horses and cattle
* An early photo of a May, 1896 tornado, described as a "twisting serpent-like cloud
* Horse racing at the first state fair in 1907
* Charlton Heston participating in a civil rights march

Many people like looking at old photographs of buildings and landscapes, but my favorite shots are of people, like the one of the conductor on page 79, poised on the steps of a trolley. He's grinning from ear to ear. What was his name? How did he get to Oklahoma?Where did he live? What was his story? Such is the power of a photograph.
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11. Oklahoma City Bombing: The Suppressed Truth
by Jon Rappoport
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According to the author, this book explains exactly why a truck bomb could not and did not cause the major damage to the Federal Building in Oklahoma City at 9:02 am on April 19th, 1995. Also included are how the building was really blown up, the media and FBI cover-up, McVeigh's too-easy arrest, an eyewitness to the bombing who suddenly became secret, the much lied-about John Doe #2, government foreknowledge of the bombing, NBC's suppression of its own stories, and much more. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good book!
This is a very interesting book and it is written well too.What I mean by that is that it reads well, not boring at all.

As with anything of this nature, you should verify all of the facts given in this book for yourself.

2-0 out of 5 stars Smokescreen
Save your money on this book.It does contain some very important facts concerning the explosion at the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, but nothing new.If you want to know facts about the entire treasonousterrorist act, then spend your money on Freedom's End, and Other's Unknown. These particular authors were there, with first hand accounts of thetruth, and the withholding of information by the U.S. Justice Department,and other agencies.This book by Mr. Rappoport, lacks depth, and has morefiller than substance.Although he is concerned with the act of terrorismand treason, he just does not have enough facts about the case in general.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well written and concise
as a government employee i know where many of his points are coming from and knowing of the fbi agent in charge (now over a state agency) I know well that everyhting he has written makes more sense and is more likelythan any of the garbage the government has produced.

5-0 out of 5 stars finally,bravery helps shine the light of truth !!
As an employee of a city somewhere in california, I am veryfamiliar with massive cover-ups. This , the book is a concise anddetailed report of the facts and how it is impossible for one sole individual to carry out the greatest mass murder this century. He was set up, framed by a power hungry United Nations satanic conspiracy. It is about time some one has become brave enough to speak the truth ! ... Read more

12. Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombing to the Virginia Tech Massacre (Radical Imagination Series)
by Douglas Kellner
Paperback: 232 Pages (2008-01-31)
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From the recent shootings at Virginia Tech University to the tragedies at Columbine and Oklahoma City, certain common traits can be traced. In Guys and Guns Amok, media and cultural critic Douglas Kellner provides a fascinating diagnostic reading of these acts of domestic terrorism. Skillfully connecting each case with male socialization and the search for identity in an American culture obsessed with guns and militarism, Kellner's work is a sobering reflection on these tragedies and the pervasive power of media and popular culture. It sends a wake-up call to avert the next school shooting on the horizon. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Guys and Guns AMOK: Male identities construction
This book by Douglas Kellner is based on domestic terrorism and school shootings. Kellner in his book has identified the anti-social element in a masculine society through examples including the recent shootings at columbine high school and Virginia tech.

Guys and Guns Amok examines how the growth of today's youth is following the destructive strategy of male ego, power, excitement and enthusiasm. He determines the society's acceptance of violence and deeds of terrorism and the limit to which one can withstand such an unsafe society. Analysis of the nature of violent instances and freedom of expression by such a group of people criticizing the soc-political regulations to create such a volatile environment for the society.

This book is an eye opener for all to that group of masculine issues like race and gender that need to be recognized and guarded. He has given his perspective of how to control such criminals and what can be done to prevent the growth of such an anti-social environment. He has also raised the issue of political responsibility and regulations for gun ownership and gun laws. He has derived his viewpoint by addressing historical issues and those that continue in the present so as to educate the society to be aware of the disastrous future

4-0 out of 5 stars Now I'm awake!
"Guys and Guns Amok" is shocking and disturbing to read.Laced through with political stabs at the government, Douglas Kellner uses this book as his own soap box against the Bush - Cheney administration.I thought this to be ironic, since in his introduction he speaks against the opportunistic behaviour of people with their own agendas.Yet, this book shouts out the views of Mr. Kellner - anti Bush, anti war, anti guns, anti media, and so on.However, the book is also a revelation as to the "spectacle of the media", the "perils of youth", the "construction of masculinity", using the violent back drop of the Virginia Tech Massacre.Kellner, offers his solutions to the problem that seems always side stepped and or masked behind something else. Which is easier and causes less political unrest, mental health versus gun control?Mental health for another year in office Bob, or make that George? I have made light of the issue, but Kellner passionately points out this is no laughing matter.
While it was hard to comprehend the first few pages, which is no way a reflection against Kellner, but perhaps my own ineptitude, it's vice like grip came quickly after the introduction as I pressed through. I became awake, not just literally, but conscious of the dim future and harsh reality of our youth.He quoted from Ngugi Wa Thion'o "If you want to maim the future of any society, you simply maim the children." A sobering thought.The construction of masculinity as "ultramacho" in our [North] American society was well written and certainly insightful.Real men don't cry. Real men fight. Real men are strong.These sentences have been my framework of masculinity, constructed long ago from media images.Kellner's book punctured holes into this discourse and also presented the danger of such thinking. As was written "...until the cycle of male socialization and violence is broken, we will all be in peril."
"Guys and Guns Amok" is a must read, and I recommend it to everyone to add to their library.
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13. American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh & the Tragedy at Oklahoma City
by Lou Michel, Dan Herbeck
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Oklahoma City, 9:02a.m., April 19, 1995.A virulent antigovenment radical. A homemade truck bomb. 168 people dead -- including 19 children. More than 500 people injured. Now comes the whole shocking story of a day that lives in infamy --a story every american muct read.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
An extremely chilling, yet fascinating, look into the mind of an ordinary American turned domestic terrorist. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. McVeigh was a man that acted out a horrible plan but I couldn't help become interested in the thought-process behind all of it. Definitely worth a read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Plausible but not convincing
The two authors, reporters for the Buffalo News, did an admirable job at fillingin the background of McVeigh but fail to address two central issues. They appear to accept at face value McVeigh's claim to have done it all himself. However the finances of the bombing do not hold up to scrutiny. McVeigh traveled widely without any visible means of support. The authors claim the money gained in the robbery of a gun dealer did not go to him. If so, where did the money come from to finance this operation? For clues to that, see Stephen Jones' book, "Others Unknown".
The other crucial issue which they do not address, is how a single fertilizer bomb do so much damage to a modern concrete, steel reinforced building? Why are there two blasts which show on the siesmograph within seconds that morning? Again, the authors do not address that. That McVeigh was in on it, cannot be disputed. But there's a "rest of the story" here. Maybe we will learn it after we learn who killed JFK...

3-0 out of 5 stars A very self serving book.
I read this book shortly after it was released.It was written after the authors spent several days interviewing Tim McVeigh and was released shortly before his death sentence was carried out.Clearly many of the statements in this book are an attempt by McVeigh to justify his actions, including the mistakes he made that ultimately lead to his arrest and conviction. The people of Oklahoma were very upset by the publication of this book and many of the investigators, out of respect for the families who lost loved ones in the bombing, refused to submit to interviews or make any comments to the authors.

I have also read other books about the Oklahoma City bombing written by individuals who had a role in the investigation and found some of these books to be an attempt by some to claim personal credit for the actions of literally hundreds of investigators who worked around-the-clock in order to make sure that the case was thoroughly investigated.Unfortunately, like the Kennedy assassination of John F. Kennedy, people will continue to claim that there was some type of government conspiracy or cover-up and millions of dollars will be spent on unnecessary investigations of the investigation.I personally do not believe that there are any unknown facts or unidentified co-conspirators. Did investigators make any mistakes?I am sure that they did.Anytime you have an investigation of this magnitude, people will make mistakes.

After skipping over many of McVeigh's self serving comments, I was very impressed with the investigative results obtained by the members of the task force.If you compare the details of the conspiracy, as described by McVeigh, with the information developed independently by the investigators prior to McVeigh's trial, you can quickly see that the identification of McVeigh and Terry Nichols was not a rush to judgment, but instead the results of a well run investigation.For anyone wishing to compare the prosecutor's theory of the conspiracy with McVeigh's admissions, I would suggest that they perhaps review some of the McVeigh trial transcripts for comparison purposes rather than using any of the books that have been released to date.

Many individuals have criticized the FBI and the investigation.It appears to me that Weldon Kennedy, who was in charge of the investigation for the first three weeks, did an outstanding job in directing the investigation.If you examine the evolution of the investigation it is obvious that the case was solved during the initial 48 hours.The remaining time was spent rounding out the investigation and following up on thousands investigative leads.

I believe that the book is an important read for someone interested in cases of this nature, because McVeigh refused to be interviewed by the FBI. The only information that was available from the defendant's prospective prior to the release of this book, was the McVeigh "confession" that appeared in the Dallas Morning News.This "confession" was apparently leaked to the newspaper by investigator's who were working for McVeigh's defense team and then were terminated before the trial began. This book gives the reader an opportunity to glimpse into the mind of an American monster.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful and intense is an understatement!
It's been a while since I read this book but I can tell you that it hit me in the gut. It was a book about Timothy McVeigh, one of America's dispicable criminals. I think the section in the book that struck me most was when the Feds went to his father's house. His father, a proud American, and former military man himself was shocked by the Feds treating him at first as if he was involved with his son's actions. You got the impression that the Feds felt sorry for this man who fathered Timothy and why wouldn't you be? As the Feds got to know the father, their guards went down because they realized that father and son were completely different in their views. A father is a proud American and the son is completely not. You read about how the divorce and his views of his mother helped shape his thinking. His relationship with his sisters and others also gave us insight to this lonely human being who obviously was distraught, mistrustful, and dangerous to his country after serving his country in 1991 Desert Storm. You begin to ask so many questions about why and how this disaster of the bomb going off at the Murrah building in Oklahoma City could have happened. The book answers or provides to clues to understanding him but it doesn't justify his actions. No, he was guilty of a horrendous crime which proved no purpose. He was ready to get arrested, sentenced, and executed. He showed no remorse to the victims, living and deceased, from his actions. Not a tear or a I'm sorry. Nothing, here was a great American soldier who became an American terrorist long before the events of September 11, 2001 crept in to our histories. Lana Padilla, Terry Nichols' former wife, wrote that it would have been easier to accept a foreigner and not a domestic terrorist. She is right! We could have taken it if it was a complete foreigner and stranger to our country! I remember thinking people were saying Middle Eastern terrorists but how wrong, how so wrong.

1-0 out of 5 stars More government propaganda
We can add this book to the numerous articles done by CNN,ABC and NBC and the many other government mouthpieces that have given us plenty of sensationalism and "flexible facts" and biased hype, but very little truth, hard core FACTS and the undeniable evidence that points to a larger conspiracy and a huge government cover up. Just like the networks, the authors of the book put forth only what the government wants the masses to see. You don't get the facts when you read this book, people you get fantasy/fiction. If you want FACTS I suggest you visit the Official Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation team's website. Oklahoma State representative Charles Key has done a wonderful job investigating the bombing and his Final Report provides us with the evidence that didn't make it to trial-the numerous eyewitnesses who were not called to testify despite the important events they witnessed on April 19,1995. McVeigh was NOT the lone bomber and anyone who thinks so just does NOT have the facts at hand. GET THEM. Put this work of fiction down and honor the victims of the OKC bombing by seeking the TRUTH. ... Read more

14. Oklahoma City Zoo 1902-1959(OK) (Images of America)
by Amy Dee Stephens
Paperback: 128 Pages (2006-05-29)
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The Oklahoma City Zoo began when a single deer was donated to a neighborhood park. Because deer were rare in 1902, crowds flocked to see the creature. Soon other people in Oklahoma Territory began donating native animals such as bears, golden eagles, and wolves. By 1903, the little menagerie became known as Wheeler Park Zoo, the first zoo in the Southwest. During its next 50 years, the zoo endured flooding, relocation, and tough economic slumps brought on by wars and the Dust Bowl. The zoo survived, however, because it provided a fun, relaxing place where people could go to escape from daily life. The community, in turn, rallied to help the zoo by donating precious pocket change to buy food and purchase new animals. Children, especially, were responsible for bringing some of the zoo’s most memorable animals to Oklahoma City, especially Judy the Elephant. Here lies the story of how a zoo grew up along with its city, largely told with photographs of the animal “personalities” that attracted

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Memory Trip!
Loved the book! I never had any idea of the history of the Oklahoma City Zoo, which, by the way, is one of the top three in the nation. It was part of my childhood some 60 years ago and continues to be as I take my grandchildren. I sent pennies to help buy Judy, listened to Gayla Peevey's "I Want A Hippomotamus for Christmas", was terrified that Leapy the Leopard was going to jump out of the bushes as I walked home from school. My favorite, as was everybody else's, was the monkey ship. I understand why it's gone but I wishmy grandchildren could have seen it. I chaperoned dozens of trips with children from my kids' schools, their Cub Scouts, Blue Birds, church groups, family gatherings and even on dates! Amy Dee Stephens does a terrific job of conjuring up memories and enlightening us on behind the scenes aspects of the zoo.She's a concise and easy to read writer. In comparing this book in the series with the one written on Springlake Amusement Park, I'm even more disappointed at how poorly that one was done. It wasn't about the park but a political statement. This book, however, is a history . . . as it should be. Thanks, Amy, for a job well done. Just like the zoo, you are a professional.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Walk Down Memory Lane
Everybody loves animals and stories and picture books, so what's not to like about Oklahoma City Zoo: 1902--1959?Zoo naturalist educator, Amy Dee Stephens, has put together a delightful collection of stories and pictures about some of the zoo's most colorful creatures.Her project began as an attempt to uncover information about the zoo's past for use in publicizing the zoo's centennial.Soon a dozen or more docents were involved in searching old newspapers, the archives of the Oklahoma Historical Society and antique stores.

The research began to reveal a quaint and colorful array of unlikely stories of animals gone AWOL, animals purchased with pennies, and animals given as gifts.Children and other animal lovers were an important part of the menagerie, participating in the rescue, selection, purchase, and naming of some of the zoo's most famous citizens.

Selected as an Oklahoma Centennial Project, Oklahoma City Zoo: 1902--1959, will take you back to those years when a trip to the zoo was considered wildly exciting entertainment. ... Read more

15. (Color Reprint) 1986 Yearbook: Putnam City North High School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Paperback: 240 Pages (1986-05-01)
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Order your own softcover color reprint of a previously owned high school yearbook. Whether you no longer have your own copy or want to surprise someone with a unique gift, the memories in this yearbook are sure to make someone smile! All the pages and images are reproduced as-is, which means your copy may show handwriting or effects of aging, and that certain pages, images, or other content may be omitted, missing, or obscured. This color print will preserve any images originally printed in color (including the cover), but won't add color to images originally printed in black & white. You can preview the color pages before you buy at www.classmates.com/yearbooks.Don't miss out! Bring home a piece of your history. ... Read more

16. Ashley'S Garden Aftermath Of Oklahoma City Bombing
by Candy Chand, Kathleen Treanor
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Kathleen Treanor couldn't believe this was happening to her.The young Oklahoma mother discovered that her in-laws had had an appointment in the ill-fated Murrah Building on April 19,1995, and they'd taken her four-year-old daughter, Ashley, with them.After days of waiting, she and her family found out that they'd lost all three loved ones.In the years since then, Kathleen kept a journal that describes her unspeakable loss.From the FBI's search for the terrorists and Timothy McVeigh's trial - where Kathleen was a witness - through Kathleen's involvement in the building of a memorial and her quest to have another child, Ashley's Garden details one woman's struggle to live.Although Ashley's Garden is Kathleen Treanor's unique story, the book provides a universally compelling view of triumph over grief, faith renewed, and healing restored. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Touching
This is a touching book about the loss of a child and the process it took to recover spiritually and emotionally. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars ashley's garden aftermath of Oklahoma City Bombong
I confess I bought this book with a lot of worry that I would waste both my time and money and was really surprised that I got interested so quickly. I highly recomend this book. It is a wellwritten account of what happened {I live in Oklahoma} It is really a moving book. I actually cried and it takes alot for a book to make me cry. It also made me stop and think about my relationship with god.I'ved read alot of the bombing books and this is one of the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Inspirational!
This book is very wonderful and inspirational. It tells in full detail about one family's loss on that fateful day in Oklahoma City. It's great for people dealing with a loss or even for people who aren't going through a loss.

5-0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down
I started this book thinking it would take me a while to read it, but I read it over two days because I just could not stop reading.Kathleen Treanor's story is very personal; it's not just what you know from the news.And much of the book focuses on her healing process.

She offers hope to anyone who has suffered a tragedy, not just those affected in Oklahoma or New York.

I never realized how much the letters from school children meant to victims of a tragedy.

Kathleen talks about how one day everyone else seems to go back to a normal life, and you can't understand how they possibly could after what has happened.Yet she eventually heals, and her journey is truly inspirational.

This is a wonderful book.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a "must read!"
On April 19, 1995, the lives of the Treanor family were forever changed by the tragic loss of their daughter and parents.The author describes through heart-breaking detail their struggle to survive and eventually triumph over this horrible chapter in their lives.As an Oklahoman, I started the book believing it would speak to all of us who experienced this terrorist act in our own neighborhood.By the time I finished, I realized this book speaks not just to Oklahoma, but to the world. ... Read more

17. Baseball in Oklahoma City (OK)(Images of Baseball)
by Bob Burke
Paperback: 128 Pages (2003-11-10)
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Asin: 0738531898
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Oklahoma City is completing its first century of minor league baseball. Since 1904, organized professional teams called the Mets, Indians, Senators, Boosters, 89ers, and now the RedHawks have thrilled fans of all ages. Several fan-favorites who have graced the diamond for Oklahoma City have gone on to stardom in ìThe Big Show,î including major league all-stars Lonnie Smith and Juan Gonzales. Legendary names like Rogers Hornsby and Bill Veeck have also played a part in Oklahoma Cityís baseball history. As the second century of baseball in Oklahoma City begins, the Oklahoma RedHawks continue the tradition of playing superb baseball in the ìThe Little Show,î with perhaps another future major league all-star or two honing his skills before a capacity crowd at the Brick. Ý ... Read more

18. Oklahoma City Rediscovered (OK) (Images of America)
by William D. Welge
Paperback: 128 Pages (2007-07-30)
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Asin: 073855149X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Oklahoma City has a fascinating history. By 1907, when Oklahoma became a state, the diversity of business, entertainment, industry, manufacturing, and transportation was experiencing rapid development. Contained within Oklahoma City Rediscovered is the story of four aspects of that development: Deep Deuce with the rise of blues and jazz music, town site development with the goal of establishing a seat of government with the founding of Capitol Hill, manufacturing that led to the warehouse district that evolved into the premier

entertainment area known as Bricktown, and transportation with the love affair of the automobile along a major thoroughfare downtown that was devoted to showcasing the latest models of cars to capture the fancy of the public. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Photo collage!!
Wonderful photo collage of Oklahoma City.This book is jam packed with great historical photos of Oklahoma City.As a lifelong resident of 54 years I was pleased to see pictures of many places I remember from my childhood.My parents are in their 80's now and they were so thrilled with this book they couldn't put it down.So many pictures of the places they knew and loved!Each photo is accompanied by an informative summary.I highly recommend it to anyone interested in knowing the history of Oklahoma City and to longtime residents like myself.Jill Winkler Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ... Read more

19. Rand Mcnally Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Map: 1 Pages (2006-12-26)
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Asin: 052886307X
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The durable and convenient EasyFinderTM of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma will take all the wear and tear your journey can dish out. The laminated design allows you to mark your route, make notes, then wipe the surface clean for further use.

This map features enhanced cartography with: Clearly indicated highways,County Boundaries, Streets,Points of Interest and National Parks. ... Read more

20. The Oklahoma City bombing: the jihad that wasn't [with] Talk radio on Oklahoma City--don't look at us [two articles in Extra! the magazine of FAIR].
by Jim Naureckas
 Paperback: Pages (1995)

Asin: B003NY4W8Q
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