A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite (Kindle Single)

A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite Kindle Single The bomb appeared early one morning in an upstairs office of Harvey s Wagon Wheel Casino near Lake Tahoe an enigmatic box covered in a bewildering array of switches A neatly typed letter explained th

  • Title: A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite (Kindle Single)
  • Author: Adam Higginbotham
  • ISBN: 487896
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The bomb appeared early one morning in an upstairs office of Harvey s Wagon Wheel Casino near Lake Tahoe, an enigmatic box covered in a bewildering array of switches A neatly typed letter explained that the box contained 1,000 pounds of dynamite It was the largest improvised explosive device in American history and its creator promised to explain how to remove it safely The bomb appeared early one morning in an upstairs office of Harvey s Wagon Wheel Casino near Lake Tahoe, an enigmatic box covered in a bewildering array of switches A neatly typed letter explained that the box contained 1,000 pounds of dynamite It was the largest improvised explosive device in American history and its creator promised to explain how to remove it safely if the casino delivered 3 million by helicopter to a remote landing site in the mountains Do not try to move, disarm, or enter the bomb, the letter warned It will explode The bomb maker was one Janos Big John Birges, a Hungarian political refugee who had worked his way up from nothing to become a successful entrepreneur in Fresno, California only to see his life unraveled in middle age by divorce, cancer, and gambling debts By 1980, he owed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Harvey s And he had roped his two teenage sons who were as eager to please their father as they were terrified of him into a plot to get the money back But the bomb he planted in the casino that August wasn t just an extortion scheme It was a brilliant feat of engineering an intricate and deadly puzzle that Birges hoped would prove once and for all just how badly the world had underestimated him In A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite, Adam Higginbotham draws from interviews with federal agents and Birges s co conspirators as well as never before released FBI records to tel

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