By Richard Bach Jensen.
Beverly Gage’s absorbing and colorfully written book restores the centrality of violence, and even terrorism, to American history from the 1880s to the 1920s. She does this by placing the deadly Wall Street bombing of September 1920 in the context of decades of violent class conflict in the United States. She provides a satisfying answer to the question of why a series of terrorist acts occurred in the United States, culminating in history’s most lethal single act of anarchist violence, which took place not in Europe, but in New York. Among its many sources, her impressively documented book utilizes unpublished FBI material obtained through the Freedom of Information act.