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Bomb Squad: A Year Inside the Nation's Most Exclusive Police Unit

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    What a Blast!

    Bomb Squad: A Year Inside the Nation’s Most Exclusive Police Unit by Richard Esposito and Ted Gerstein gives an excellent overview of New York City’s bomb squad. This book shows how the squad operates and goes in depth on its missions and procedures. This book also gives an excellent overview of the squad’s history. It discusses everything from the beginnings of the squad to the latest technology the squad possesses. It gives very good accounts of past bombing accounts large and small. It also contains lots of information about the various groups that plagued New York with bombs, including FALN and the Black Hand. However this book not only has descriptions of bombs that went off in the states, it also has a comprehensive list of bombing catastrophes form around the world. The research was excellently done and presented well. The information was very thorough and comprehensive. I used the information that this book had to do an ethnography on the lives of bomb squad members. This book was very helpful for me and gave me great information. My only complaint with this book was that it jumped around too much. Each chapter described a scene from a different time period so it was a little confusing. For example chapter 6 discusses a day in 2004, but chapter 7 talks about a bomb that went off in 1975. So it didn’t read like a normal book. But other than that this was a great informative book. I would recommend this book if you want to learn more about the bomb squad and its past, but if you want a story this wouldn’t be the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008


    Very interesting, kept me wanting more.

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