American Terrorist
American Terrorist Timothy McVeigh & the Oklahoma City Bombing By Michel, Lou Book - 2001

American Terrorist paints a fascinating picture of Timothy McVeigh, a former Gulf War veteran who after witnessing the horror of Waco decided to enact revenge against the federal government by blowing up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Knowing only the basic facts surrounding this case, I thought the two authors did an excellent job in pinning down both the motive and the timeline surrounding this mass murder. One thing that I always wondered is why he chose Oklahoma City as the target instead of Washington DC or New York City -- a question that is answered in great detail. Using interviews conducted in federal prison with McVeigh, it was interesting to read that he had absolutely no remorse for what he did, drawing a parallel between his actions and the Atomic bombs used against Hiroshima and Nagasaki; attacks that killed many but also saved lives. Even more fascinating was the chapters dealing with McVeigh's trial and how his court-appointed lawyers used the opportunity more as a PR stunt rather than defending their client. In my opinion, if McVeigh wanted to use the necessity defence, however flawed it may have been, his team should have followed his instructions. Although more than twenty years has passed since this tragedy, reading the book made me feel like it was yesterday.

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