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Book Discussion: Homegrown

There’s never been a more important time to read and discuss Homegrown by Jeffrey Toobin.

Book about anti-government activism and the Oklahama City bombing
Homegrown by Jeffrey Toobin

Violence and threats of violence have become commonplace in American public life. Targeted violence and anti-government activism are on the rise, and a growing number of citizens across America now believe violence is needed to address the grievances that are polarizing society. 

Violent extremism is not limited to any one political ideology or party in the United States. Extremist ideologies and acts of violence are associated with various political, ideological, and religious beliefs, and they can emerge from both the right and left ends of the political spectrum. 

DATE: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

TIME: 12 - 1 PM EST

TOPIC: Homegrown: Timothy McVeigh and the Rise of Right-Wing Extremism

by Jeffrey Toobin

FACILITATED BY: Renee Hobbs and Charles Morgan

Join us for an informal book discussion group about the worst act of homegrown terrorism in the nation’s history, when Timothy McVeigh killed 168 men, women, and children with a truck bomb that he detonated at federal office building in Oklahoma City.

McVeigh wasn’t just some lone-wolf drifter or survivalist oddball. He was motivated by a political movement. He had paid close attention to the events at Ruby Ridge and Waco, where federal law enforcement officials were drawn into a standoff with anti-government groups that led to the death of men, women, and children. He believed that only through violent action could he inspire people to rise up against their government. Written by Jeffrey Toobin, a lawyer, author, blogger, and legal analyst, this book also tells the story of the federal government’s prosecution of the case.

What lessons can be drawn from this case that help us understand today's rising climate of polarization, fear, and hate?


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