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Book Review: ”Long Mile Home,’ Recounts Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

By Aamer Madhani
USA Today

On the first-year anniversary of a national tragedy, it’s inevitable for the so-called definitive account to be rolled out by publishers calculating that enough time has passed for an author to have developed perspective, but not so much time that the calamity is no longer fresh in the public’s conscience.

Publishing houses are, more often than not, wrong. Too often, readers, including this one, feel burned by investing time and cash in what too frequently reads like notebook dumps by journalists on the front line of a big story. The works ultimately don’t stand the test of time.

But with Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, The City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice, The Boston Globe‘s Scott Helman and Jenna Russell prove there are exceptions.

Long Mile Home, which arrives just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent manhunt of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is a riveting piece of journalism and an exceptional tribute to a great American city that manages to avoid being sentimental or syrupy.

Helman and Russell, two of the Globe‘s best reporters, relied heavily on their colleagues’ outstanding coverage of the bombing and the aftermath in weaving a narrative around several principal characters.

Justice Department Gives Agent Permission to Publish Book Critical of Agency

ATF file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has switched its position and said an ATF agent may publish a book about the agency’s bungled gun smuggling sting operation “Fast and Furious,”  the Associated Press reports.

The department said it was notifying the ACLU, which is representing ATF agent John Dodson, that the book could be published.

The department previously tried to stop the publication, saying federal employees are generally banned from making profits off of their work.

But for law enforcement reasons, the AP wrote, some parts of the book, “The Unarmed Truth,” will be redacted.

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Author Speaks Out about New Book That Claims FBI Manufactured Terrorism Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethethewire.com

Investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson has caused quite a stir since the release of his new book, “The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism.”

Claiming in his book that most terrorism suspects could never have carried out an attack without the help of the FBI, Aaronson spoke at length with The Atlantic about his research.

Trevor Aaronson: The FBI is looking for what they term “a lone wolf terrorist,” which is someone holed up in an apartment somewhere who sympathizes with Al-Qaeda but may lack the specific means to do that. And so the FBI uses sting operations to [find] these people — these people who may want to commit an act of terrorism, are right on that line from moving from sympathizer to operator — and then through these sting operations, lure them out and get them involved in a terrorism plot that they’re ultimately prosecuted for. 

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FBI Agent, Reporter Published Book About Bizarre Heist

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired FBI agent and newspaper reporter have written a book about the bizarre bank heist involving a pipe bomb that exploded around the neck of a pizza delivery driver, the Associated Press reports.

The book, “Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery,” was released Tuesday.

The idea behind the book is to provide new details and dispel claims that the pizza delivery driver, Brian Wells, was an innocent pawn in a sophisticated heist, the AP reports.

Retired FBI special agent Jerry Clark worked on the 2003 case that involved a strange list of characters and said Wells was not the innocent victim he pretended to be.

Clark said Wells “Brian Wells “had some association with these people and had some cooperation with committing this crime,” the AP wrote.

Book About Osama bin Laden Raid Under Scrutiny; Justice Dept. Could Try to Put Kibosh on Book

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department may be asked to pull a soon-to-be-published book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities said Matt Bissonnette, who is listed under the pseudonym, Mark Owen, was required to submit the book for pre-publication review under military secrecy agreements he signed.

If the book’s manuscript reveals classified information, Pentagon officials said they would take the case to the Justice Department, according to the AP.

Bissonnette is a former Navy SEAL who took part in the raid.

FBI Whistleblower’s New Book Calls for Change in Agency Culture

Threats Prompt Borders to Cancel Book Signings of Mobster Son Who Snitched for FBI on Dad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

You can’t expect everyone to love ya when you snitch for the FBI on your mobster dad and then write a book about it.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Borders books in the Chicago area canceled two book signings slated for this week  for ex-Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese Jr., who helped put away his father Frank Calabrese Sr. and then co-authored a book called: “Operation Family Secrets: How a Mobster’s Son and the FBI Brought Down Chicago’s Murderous Crime Family.”

Apparently, the book store received anonymous threats saying there would be violence if Calabrese did the book signings, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“We can confirm that our Oak Brook store received a voice mail threatening violence should Mr. Calabrese’s scheduled book signings take place,” Mary Davis, spokeswoman for Borders, told the Tribune. “Given the controversial nature of the content of the book, we viewed this as a legitimate threat.”

Oak Brook, Ill. police Chief Thomas Sheahan told the Trib that a male caller disguised his voice and said: “No rats can sign books here.”

“We take any threats seriously,” Sheahan said. “This is an ongoing investigation, and we’ll take appropriate action.”

Bush Memoir Says He Personally Gave CIA Go Ahead to Waterboard

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Bush writes in his about to be released memoir that he personally gave the go ahead to waterboard 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who currently awaits trial in federal court.

The Washington Post reports that Bush, in his book “Decision Points”, writes when the CIA asked if it could waterboard Mohammed, he replied “Damn right.”

The Post reports that Bush told an interviewer a week before leaving the White House: “I firmly reject the word ‘torture,” and he repeats that sentiment in the book.

The book is due out Tuesday.

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