Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing

Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing

4.4 5
by Arnie Bernstein
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

"With the meticulous attention to detail of a historian and a storyteller's eye for human drama, Bernstein shines a beam of truth on a forgotten American tragedy. Heartbreaking and riveting."
—-Gregg Olsen, New York Times best-selling author of Starvation Heights
 
"A chilling and historic character study of the unfathomable

…  See more details below

Overview

"With the meticulous attention to detail of a historian and a storyteller's eye for human drama, Bernstein shines a beam of truth on a forgotten American tragedy. Heartbreaking and riveting."
—-Gregg Olsen, New York Times best-selling author of Starvation Heights
 
"A chilling and historic character study of the unfathomable suffering that desperation and fury, once unleashed inside a twisted mind, can wreak on a small town. Contemporary mass murderers Timothy McVeigh, Columbine's Dylan Klebold, and Virginia Tech's Seung-Hui Cho can each trace their horrific genealogy of terror to one man: Bath school bomber Andrew Kehoe."
—-Mardi Link, author of When Evil Came to Good Hart
 
On May 18, 1927, the small town of Bath, Michigan, was forever changed when Andrew Kehoe set off a cache of explosives concealed in the basement of the local school. Thirty-eight children and six adults were dead, among them Kehoe, who had literally blown himself to bits by setting off a dynamite charge in his car. The next day, on Kehoe's farm, what was left of his wife—-burned beyond recognition after Kehoe set his property and buildings ablaze—-was found tied to a handcart, her skull crushed. With seemingly endless stories of school violence and suicide bombers filling today's headlines, Bath Massacre serves as a reminder that terrorism and large-scale murder are nothing new.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472033461
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
365,492
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
martakay1962 More than 1 year ago
This book is an incredible account of the first school bombing in our nation's history. Skillfully laying the groundwork of the events in the months and years leading up to this disaster, the author leads us through this all but forgotten tragedy, bringing it back to life with an almost minute by minute account of the the day of the disaster. The reader is introduced to the children and families of victims and survivors both, and is given an almost chilling look into the mind of Andrew Kehoe and what possibly triggered this event. This book had me riveted from beginning to end and I couldn't recommend it more. This fascinating account is a story that needed to be retold so that it's not forgotten. Loaded with first hand accounts, the reader has a front row seat to the shocking, numbing horror of that day, and can almost smell the dust and smoke and hear the screams of children and parents alike. While the author brings the reader into the horror if the day, he manages to keep it from becoming sensationalistic tabloid style writing. Kudo's to Bernstein for telling the complete story while maintaining respect for both the living and the dead of this event.
quiltsnacks More than 1 year ago
Arnie has done a remarkable job of taking a difficult story from the history of our community and presenting it in a honest yet considerate view. The details are there to reveal the mind of someone few of us can understand, and the pain of those who suffered at his hands. Arnie puts us there at the time of the explosion so we can just begin to "feel" what our parents felt as children caught in this terrible nightmare. It is accurate history set in a reading style that catches the reader up in the drama and the heartache.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am from Michigan so I found this book to be really interesting. I also have some family who live in Bath, so I also found it familiar. I liked it and give it a thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very interesting, and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago