The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory

The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory[PDF] ✈ The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory By Edward Tabor Linenthal – 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 On April the bombing of Bombing: Oklahoma PDF Å 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 The Unfinished PDF \ 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 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 Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma PDF Ì the bombing were told through positive narratives of civic renewal and of religious redemption and 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 conseuences of one of the most searing events in recent American history. I read this book because I'm a big fan of memory work and Linenthal's approach to the subject he's the author of a totally masterful history of the creation of the Holocaust Memorial Museum and this book about the Oklahoma City bombing is eually thoughtful I was 12 when that bombing took place and I missed much of the debates about violent discourse and the political right that took place in its wake So many of the editorials excerpted in this book brought to mind the conversations that took place after the Gaby Giffords shooting about the role and responsibility of violent rhetoric by political and media personalities for subseuent violent action Adam Gopnik wrote in the New Yorker in 1995 The point of course isn't that Limbaugh or Pat Robertson or G Gordon Liddy caused the killing It is that they seemed never to have given a moment's thought as they addressed their audiences to the conseuences of stuffing so much flammable resentment into such tiny bottles He does a great job of examining American memorial culture in all of its grace AND kitsch This is really helpful for anyone interested in the ways we are commemorating 911 as the 10th anniversary approaches or for anyone who likes to cringe while reading about memorial proposals that feature statues of giant teddy bears I had forgotten how significant Oklahoma City was for America until September 2001 In his conclusion Linenthal asks will a future terrorist act that inflicts even death consign Oklahoma City to a less prestigious location in the landscape of violence? And the answer isyes totally Sobering and heartbreaking and so well written I read this as part of my dissertation research and came away very affected by it Everyone who remembers where they were that day needs to read it This was assigned in my graduate public history collouium course along with several other works by Linenthal Linenthal's purpose in this book is not meant to merely educate about the event itself but how it was incorporated into official public memory in America For me this book shed enormous light onto how challenging the process of memorialization and commemoration can be at a site which has witnessed such an act on American soilUnlike any other event memorialization at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing began immediately As a result of the intense media attention and scope of what Linenthal refers to as the international bereaved community the interest and participation in the memorialization process in Oklahoma City was unprecedented The size of the bereaved community meant that there were many voices present involved and included in the memorialization process Not everyone agreed on what should be done and how and this was a point which was driven home very well by Linenthal in this book How do we incorporate so many diverse and often conflicting opinions and narratives into an official public memorial? How do we do we meet everyone's expectations needs and wants while still forming some kind of consensus? This is a challenge which the United States has faced throughout its history At some times certain voices have been trampled left out or forgotten No one was going to let that happen in Oklahoma CityLinenthal painstakingly illustrates how the memorialization process itself was a crucial part in the grieving process of survivors rescuers and the family members of victims Linenthal's exploration of the many sides of this story shows how important communication and understanding is in any commemorative process Most especially Linenthal demonstrates the many challenges which modernization has brought to the memorialization process Almost everything I have read by Linenthal emphasizes the importance of transformed and sacred sites in America For my part I found this book to be much intriguing than Linenthal's other works perhaps because it deals with a modern domestic terrorist event I would recommend this book to anyone who is truly interested in the process of commemoration in America and in how public historians approach the challenge of interpretation of events like the Oklahoma City bombing This book is a study of a memorial and how it was built; how the memory of an event becomes an image It was very interesting to see many different perspectives on the situation and to hear about the process of building something that culturally important by committee One of the greatest poems ever lives in this book The poem was written a young lady whose father a Secret Service Agent was killed when the Murrah Building was bombed What is the meaning of memory and tragedy? What are the politics of the memorial? This book goes after that I really liked it and it stayed with me for uite a while By one of the most interesting profs I had in college It details the creation of the memorial in Oklahoma City

The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory
  • Edward Tabor Linenthal
  • English
  • 06 November 2014
  • 9780195161076