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THE SUSPECT

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

by Alexander, KentSalwen, Kevin

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 72 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.

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.
Journalist Kevin Salwen is a former Wall Street Journal columnist and an editor who ran southeastern coverage for the paper during the Olympic Games.

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"The Suspect is a fascinating reconstruction of the Neo-Gothic tale of Richard Jewell, the security guard who was memorably and unjustly implicated in the 1996 bombing at the Atlanta Olympic games. Meticulously reported, bracingly written, full of memorable and bizarre characters, the book casts a wary eye on the worlds of law enforcement and journalism, and their multiple failures in this tale. It's a story with no winners - except for readers of this terrific book." Jeffrey Toobin, bestselling author, staff writer at the New Yorker, and senior legal analyst at CNN

Quote: Jeffrey Toobin, bestselling author, staff writer at the New Yorker

UK: Hodder ; Italy: Mondadori

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Domestic terror, white nationalism, FBI profilers, a trial by punchline in the infancy of 24 hours 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 tick-tock about the railroading of Richard Jewell and the killer who almost got away.

Quote: Charles Graeber, NYT bestselling author of The Good Nurse and The Breakthrough

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"From questionable FBI tactics to the role of the press, The Suspect 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 United States Secretary of Homeland Security, and Former Governor of Arizona

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