By Alexander Tsesis.
Beverly Gage has written an engaging story about the September 16, 1920 bombing on Wall Street. At times the work melds the historical with the current, demonstrating that a war on terror had been fought long before the Twin Towers attacks of September 11, 2001. Most of book’s content is historical, moving adroitly from Alfred Nobel’s invention of dynamite in 1866 to the Coolidge Administration. At the outset, Gage explores nineteenth century anarchic plots in Russia and the United States that relied on bombings to make political statements, with the !nal goal, being the overthrow of exploitative capitalism. The book is not written chronologically, but one of Gage’s skills as an author is the ability to transition between eras without losing momentum.