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Publisher's Summary

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, led most American citizens to feel that we are no longer safe and secure in our communities. However, terrorism is not a new phenomenon in the United States. This book chronicles 37 such assaults on American soil from the end of the Civil War to the present day. Not only are the most infamous attacks discussed; events that are obscure and relatively unknown - but fascinating nonetheless - are detailed as well.

These accounts illustrate important lessons about the changing nature of terrorism; methods for coping with the threat; and the psychological, political, and legal principles that help us understand the issues involved.

Not a technical or scholarly treatise, Terrorism on American Soil deals with this provocative subject in a highly readable style, using a narrative case-study format that has been successful in the popular true-crime genre. The author provides details of the perpetrators, their motives, and the social and political context in which each event took place, and offers a new perspective on some of the attacks.

©2006 Joseph T. McCann (P)2009 Wetware Media

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  • Kent
  • Fairfield, CA, United States
  • 01-24-10

Solid Information - Poor Audio

I endured the poor sound to the end because the information presented was of such good quality. McCann brought together facts that I have been unable to find in one source. He presents good quality analysis that leads to clear understanding. I recommend the book for those with more than a casual interest in the subject. ...In spite of the audio.

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Excellent book, sub-par narration

The author as narrator manages to turn an interesting book into a rather dull-sounding lecture.

It would only have taken a professional narrator to turn this into a 5 star rating. In its present state I'd give it a marginal "recommend" rating.

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Educational.

If you are looking for a book about terrorist attacks within the United States and its past, this is a great book.

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Poor directing and odd pronunciation

The content is good, but there were plane noises, paper shuffling, and even a door closing in the background. The narrator refers to 911 the emergency number as nine-eleven, which was strange. He also interchanges the name Randolph and Rudolph when reading the Olympic Park bomber. The book is decent of encyclopedic, but really quite valuable. It could stand to be re-recorded.

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More of a Reference Book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This one is not bad but it is not great. It reads more like an encyclopedia or dictionary of terrorism in America.

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Very Good

I'm a big American history buff, and I learned quite a bit I never knew before from this audiobook. Very well researched. I thought the narration was fine.