POLITICAL SCIENCE

Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol: The Explosive Story of M19, America’s First Female Terrorist Group

Atria. Aug. 2019. 304p. illus. photos. index. ISBN 9781501170126. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501170140. POL SCI
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Cold War expert, counterterrorism advisor, and former political scientist at RAND, Rosenau delves into the history of violent left-wing domestic terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s, specifically the Marxism-Leninism Communist group M19. Named for the “birthday shared by two of their ideological idols, Malcom X and Ho Chi Minh,” the May 19th Communist Organization formed in 1978 with a revolutionary desire to wage war against U.S. imperialism, fascism, and racism. Years of underground plotting resulted in prison breakouts, bombings, and several attempted and successful armed robberies of Brink’s armored trucks that resulted in the deaths of guards and police officers. Using extensive primary source material, Rosenau expertly weaves together court records, newspaper interviews, law enforcement reports, and interviews with retired FBI agents who worked on the case to put together a compelling narrative of the rise and fall of M19.
VERDICT This multifaceted work will appeal to readers with an interest in U.S. national security, U.S. domestic terrorism, radical left-wing militancy, and U.S. law enforcement.

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