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Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle

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A contributing source for the Warner Bros.’ film Richard Jewell starring Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Paul Walter Hauser!

"Meticulously reported, bracingly written, full of memorable and bizarre characters, the book casts a wary eye on the worlds of law enforcement and journalism, and their multiple failures in this tale. It’s a story with no
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams (first published November 5th 2019)
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Valerity (Val)
This is a thoroughly researched book about the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the bombing that happened. It also goes into the suspicion of Richard Jewell and all of the media surrounding the whole thing. There were reasons for them to look at Jewell, but he was just a little too convenient a patsy. I liked the look at some of the media’s role in the story, one writer in particular. This book was even better than I expected, and refreshed my memory on what happened with the case. It also has updates ...more
Katie B
There were certainly many good moments that came out of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta such as Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic Cauldron during the Opening Ceremonies and Kerri Strug competing on an injured ankle and securing a gold medal for the U.S. women's gymnastics team. However, tragedy also struck after a pipe bomb attack in Centennial Park killed one person, Alice Hawthorne, and injured 111 people. A cameraman also died when he suffered a fatal heart attack while running to the ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
The story of Richard Jewell was just a little bit before my time - but after reading this book, I feel like I lived through it. Soon to be the subject of a major motion picture, Richard Jewell was a bit of a down-and-out wannabe police officer, a portly man from North Georgia who loved police work, the authority of the badge, and “fighting crime” more than anything. He got jobs here and there in the field, working as a lowly jailor and deputy officer for Habersham County, GA and as a security ...more
Anna Machan
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read

Full disclosure, I am from Atlanta and can remember a lot of this but I was only 12 so I couldn’t have known it all. This book was a great read and I learned so much about my city and the events around the Centennial Olympic bombing. I had a hard time putting this book down. Kudos to Mr. Alexander and Mr. Salwen. Best book I’ve read all year (and I’ve read quite a few).
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone over the age of 35 likely remembers the 96 Centennial Park bombing and media circus that erupted when Richard Jewell was named as a hero then suspect.
In the early days of the internet and the 24/7 news cycle, this story captivated the world. The authors of The Suspect provide a detailed examination of the facts, the players, the egos, and the ethical implications that arose. This book is utterly absorbing and should be required reading for members of law enforcement and journalists.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Suspect” is a comprehensive review of the bombing at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, and the subsequent investigation that involved Richard Jewell, who was a security guard at the bombing site who found the bomb. Jewell was initially praised as a hero, until a story in an Atlanta newspaper named him as a suspect in the bombing, and his life would never be the same. The book does a thorough job in detailing the events of the bombing, as well as the hunt for the true bomber after Jewell ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book that does a great job of presenting background information not just on Jewell, but the entire supporting cast of journalists, FBI agents, and Jewell's friends and family without straying far from the main story. Also does a great job painting a picture of Richard Jewell himself, a good-hearted country boy that was flawed like everyone else but just wanted to help people and be the part of a team.

One of my favorite nonfiction releases of the year. Can't help but feel bad for a guy
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Simply a fantastic telling of the Olympic bombing in 1996 and how the media's rush to judgment ruined a man's life and legacy. The narration of the audiobook was brilliant and brought the story to life and the pieces unfolded. At the end, you hurt for those who were most affected by the rash decisions made by those in authority and those in the press. It was all about rushing to show the world how quickly we could catch a perpetrator, even if it wasn't the right man. Anyone who is a fan of ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My husband has lived in Atlanta all his life.One of the biggest crimes committed here was the Centennial Park Bombing and the aftermath.He has always talked about it..I’ve always wanted to know more about it. This book is an in-depth look into this case.It has lots of background information and facts about this case.If you are a true crime junkie,this book is for you.
Thankyou Netgalley and Abrams Press for this ARC.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fast moving and filed with inside stories of Richard Jewell, the FBI, and particularly the media which made the Olympic bombing a circus. I mostly remember disappointment that the park closed for several days. We went to many events, loved living in Atlanta and enjoying the experience. The book is a page turner. You can’t put it down.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was great! Even though I’m from Atlanta and knew a lot about the bombing already, I enjoyed learning about the event and surrounding characters in more detail. This book also offers an interesting peak into federal criminal investigations.
Caitlyn Warren
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love true crime and I generally listen to podcasts or watch documentaries. This is the first true crime book I've read and it was awesome! I wasn't familiar with what happened at the 1996 summer Olympics but this book tells what happened really well.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, nonfiction
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, and I'm glad I did! Very interesting, well researched, and complicated story about the Atlanta Olympics bombing. I didn't know much about the bombing and it is a much bigger story than I thought it would be, spanning over a decade. Would definitely recommend.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book!
Dustin Manning
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting read. Food for thought. Eagerly awaiting the movie.
John W. Evans
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About a hundred pages in, and can’t put it down! An exceptional read.
Thomas Dale
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well-reported and full of essential details, this book humanizes each of the central players in this tragic Atlanta story.
Jennifer Schultz
Read if you: Only vaguely remember the details of the 1996 Centennial Park bombing at the Atlanta Olympic Games, or are a true crime fan in general.

For Olympic watchers in the United States, the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta were spectacular: not only was it in our home country, but there were also tremendous triumphs in sports, particularly women's artistic gymnastics, men's tennis, and men's 100 meters race. However, it was overshadowed by the tragic bombing in Centennial Park, which killed
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