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Hunting the American Terrorist: The FBI's War on Homegrown Terror
The bombs were perfect. The metal he'd so painstakingly cast glimmered in the dim light of the cabin. The hickory wood on the flipper switch was smooth and well shaped. The chemical compound had been perfected, and the target selected. All that remained was to wrap them in heavy paper and add the addresses and the stamps. After a hiatus of over six years from his deadly mi ...more
Hardcover, first, 294 pages
Published September 5th 2007 by History Publishing Co LLC
(first published September 5th 2006)
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This book was written by two of the FBI agents involved with the hunt and capture of the Unabomber. It started a little slow, and at times read more like a description of the daily work life of an FBI agent than like the gripping thriller it turned into once I got fifty or so pages in. Having spent some time as a federal employee, I found the description of federal employee life very familiar (even though these guys are at a much higher level than I ever was) and fairly entertaining. They had to ...more
My only big criticism is that the writing style is a bit uneven, but that's understandable having been penned by different FBI agents who were involved directly with the cases under discussion. Nonetheless, it's a fascinating read, and offers insight into cases where lone wolf terrorists threatened the security of the US.