The Suspect by Kent Alexander audiobook

The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle

By Kent Alexander  and Kevin Salwen
Read by Paul Michael

Blackstone Publishing 9781419734625
14.20 Hours Unabridged
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A contributing source for the Warner Bros.’ film Richard Jewell starring Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Paul Walter Hauser! A gripping insider account of the terrorist bombing at the 1996 Olympic Games that captured the world’s attention, and the heroic security guard-turned-suspect at the heart of it all On July 27, 1996, a hapless former cop turned hypervigilant security guard named Richard Jewell spotted a suspicious bag in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, the town square of the 1996 Summer Games. Inside was a bomb, the largest of its kind in FBI and ATF history. Minutes later, the bomb remotely detonated by the attacker amid a crowd of 50,000 people. But thanks to Jewell, it only killed two and wounded 111, not the hundreds who authorities estimated could have otherwise died. With the eyes of the world on Atlanta, the games continued. But the pressure to find the bomber was intense. Within seventy-two hours, Jewell went from the hero to the FBI’s main suspect, a false accusation that forever changed his life and let the true bomber roam free to strike again. In a triumph of reporting and access, Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen’s The Suspect is a gripping story of the rise of domestic terrorism in America, the advent of the 24/7 news cycle, and an innocent man’s fight to clear his name.

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A Crime Reads Pick of Best Books of the Month

A contributing source for the Warner Bros.’ film Richard Jewell starring Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Paul Walter Hauser!

A gripping insider account of the terrorist bombing at the 1996 Olympic Games that captured the world’s attention, and the heroic security guard-turned-suspect at the heart of it all

On July 27, 1996, a hapless former cop turned hypervigilant security guard named Richard Jewell spotted a suspicious bag in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, the town square of the 1996 Summer Games. Inside was a bomb, the largest of its kind in FBI and ATF history. Minutes later, the bomb remotely detonated by the attacker amid a crowd of 50,000 people. But thanks to Jewell, it only killed two and wounded 111, not the hundreds who authorities estimated could have otherwise died. With the eyes of the world on Atlanta, the games continued. But the pressure to find the bomber was intense. Within seventy-two hours, Jewell went from the hero to the FBI’s main suspect, a false accusation that forever changed his life and let the true bomber roam free to strike again.

In a triumph of reporting and access, Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen’s The Suspect is a gripping story of the rise of domestic terrorism in America, the advent of the 24/7 news cycle, and an innocent man’s fight to clear his name.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Meticulously reported, bracingly written, full of memorable and bizarre characters…It’s a story with no winners—except for readers of this terrific book.” Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author
"The Suspect is marvelously rich with fresh insights and authority…Alexander kept a detailed journal, and his unique perspective powers the book.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"[A] compelling, insightful new investigative account of the bombing and the immediate aftermath…[of] this misunderstood tragedy.” Crime Reads
“Domestic terror, white nationalism, FBI profilers, a trial by punchline in the infancy of the twenty-four-hour news cycle—what happened in Atlanta’s Centennial Park during the ’96 Olympics still echoes like a bomb blast today in this engrossing and meticulously researched ticktock about the railroading of Richard Jewell and the killer who almost got away.” Charles Graeber, author of The Breakthrough
“Lays bare how Jewell became their unwitting victim in the rush to solve the biggest and most public crime of the era. It is a cautionary tale that reminds us that criminal investigations are often lengthy and painstaking, ill-suited for today’s media frenzy. The Suspect is an important, highly relevant book.” Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, former US Secretary of Homeland Security, and former governor of Arizona

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Author

Author Bio: Kent Alexander

Author Bio: Kent Alexander

Kent Alexander was the US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia at the time of the 1996 Olympics. He spent hundreds of hours in meetings with the FBI about the bombing, and ultimately, he wrote and hand-delivered Jewell’s clearance letter.

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Author Bio: Kevin Salwen

Author Bio: Kevin Salwen

Kevin Salwen was a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal for more than eighteen years. After that he started a magazine, Motto. He has served on the board of Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta and works with the United States Olympic Committee.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 14.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English