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RunTime: 10 hrs, 1 CD. * Mp3 CD Format *. A tale of terrorism, espionage, and an epic struggle for justice in an America on the verge-sparked by a massive and mysterious explosion in New York Harbor in 1916.
Posted January 22, 2007
Meticulously researched story about the July 30, 1916 firebombing of the Black Tom Island munitions depot on the New Jersey side of New York Harbor. This long forgotten instance of a major terrorist act on American Soil is a tale that needs to be remembered, but unfortunately, Millman does not do it justice here. The 1st part of the book is a grabber, but part II gets bogged down in the legal details of the saga and throws the book off track. Millman is a former magazine writer, and a current senior editor, and it shows as he fires all of the facts at us in rapid-fire manner, but doesn't add any of the analysis or emotion that great history needs. The book is too clinical and dry, as well as feeling rushed, and that violates the cardinal rule of writing about history. The author needs to put the reader right into the middle of the story, and make him or her feel like they experienced it themselves. I always felt like I was on the outside looking in while I was reading this account, and at times the book dragged. Millman admits he was writing about topics that were new to him, and it shows as perhaps a more accomplished historical writer would have brought this story to life in a better way. I admire Millman's research, passion, and the way he identifies the tale's importance to post 9/11 America, but it is lacking in the telling. It would make a great movie if told in the right way, but 'The Detonators' is not a great book of history to recommend. As someone who was really looking forward to reading this book, that is a huge disappointment for me to say.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2009
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