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Tower Sniper: The Terror of America's First Active Shooter on Campus

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On August 1, 1966, University of Texas engineering student Charles Whitman went to the top of the 307-foot campus tower. Over the next 96 minutes he shot and killed 15 people and wounded 31. Tower Sniper: The Terror of America’s First Campus Active Shooter, by Monte Akers, Nathan Akers, and Dr. Roger Friedman, explores the history and personal experience of this seminal tr ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by John M. Hardy Publishing Co.
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Dino Price
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Riveted to my chair the entire time!
Jan Pelosi
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Austinites
This book brought back a lot of memories. I was only 12 in 1966 and having lunch at the old El Chico Restaurant in Hancock Shopping Center in Austin. My oldest brother was a graduate student at UT and I knew he was on campus that day. I still live in Austin so I loved reliving this story by having the facts (and even some alternative facts) at my fingertips. I found it very interesting to see just how much as changed in terms of crime scene investigation, news reporting, even HIPAA restrictions. ...more
Kl2246
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Monte Akers book, “Tower Sniper: The Terror of America’s First Active Shooter on Campus,” is a fantastic read. I had a hard time putting the book down! A detailed event of the sniper Charles Whitman is weaved throughout the book. The book also describes what it was like fifty years ago in Texas and how they were not prepared for the horrific event. Living in Houston all my life and having friends that attended the University of Texas, I feel it is important to know Texas history, particularly ab ...more
Jennifer
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received a free copy for honest review.

This is a detailed and extremely well researched account of the Charles Whitman tower shootings that occurred in Austin in 1966. We learn about his life leading up to the shootings but ultimately this is not his story. I have read a lot of true crime books but this one was one of my favorites. It tells the story of what happened without sensationalizing it. I also liked the fact that it was a tribute to all the brave men and women who lived this
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Sherry Snyder-keath
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Very good book... just a slow read
Krista-Lise
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done
It took some time to read this book because it is well detailed. I actually had to re-read some parts because I didn't want to miss any of the details.
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Monte Akers is the previous author of several books, including The Accidental Historian: Tales of Trash and Treasure (2010); Flames After Midnight: Murder, Vengeance and the Desolation of a Texas Community (1999); and Tales for the Tellings: Six Short Stories of the American Civil War. An attorney as well as historian, a collector of Civil War artifacts, song lyricist (since age nine), and an admi ...more