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The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory

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On April 19, 1995 the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City shook the nation, destroying our complacent sense of safety and sending a community into a tailspin of shock, grief, and bewilderment. Almost as difficult as the bombing itself has been the aftermath, its legacy for Oklahoma City and for the nation, and the struggle to recover from this unprecedented attack.

In The Unfinished Bombing, Edward T. Linenthal explores the many ways Oklahomans and other Americans have tried to grapple with this catastrophe. Working with exclusive access to materials gathered by the Oklahoma City National Memorial Archive and drawing from over 150 personal interviews with family members of those murdered, survivors, rescuers, and many others. Linenthal looks at how the bombing threatened cherished ideas about American innocence, sparked national debate on how to respond to terrorism at home and abroad, and engendered a new "bereaved community" in Oklahoma City itself. Linenthal examines how different stories about the bombing were told through positive narratives of civic renewal and of religious redemption and more negative narratives of toxicity and trauma. He writes about the extraordinary bonds of affection that were created in the wake of the bombing, acts of kindness, empathy, and compassion that existed alongside the toxic legacy of the event. The Unfinished Bombing offers a compelling look at both the individual and the larger cultural consequences of one of the most searing events in recent American history.

Synopsis:

Linenthal explores the ways Oklahomans and Americans have tried to grapple with the catastrophe. Working with exclusive access to materials, he looks at how the bombing threatened ideas about American innocence, sparked debate on how to respond to terrorism at home and abroad, and engendered a new "bereaved community" in Oklahoma City itself. Illustrations.

About the Author

Edward T. Linenthal is Edward M. Penson Professor of Religion and American Culture at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He is the author of Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields and Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum, and co-editor of History Wars: The Enola Gay and Other Battles to Preserve America's Past.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195161076
Author:
Linenthal, Edward Tabor
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Linenthal, Edward T.
Author:
null, Edward T.
Location:
New York
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing, Oklah
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
History, American | Since 1945
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Includes index.
Series Volume:
IMS-20
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
69 b/w halftones and line illus
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.34x6.10x.86 in. .98 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Linenthal explores the ways Oklahomans and Americans have tried to grapple with the catastrophe. Working with exclusive access to materials, he looks at how the bombing threatened ideas about American innocence, sparked debate on how to respond to terrorism at home and abroad, and engendered a new "bereaved community" in Oklahoma City itself. Illustrations.

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