A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite (Kindle Single)

A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite (Kindle Single)

Adam Higginbotham / Oct 19, 2019

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: Stateline, Nevada
  • Page: 158
  • 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 tell the true story of the race to stop one of history s most bizarre extortion plots By turns action packed and darkly hilarious, A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite is an engrossing tale of genius at its most deranged Praise for A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite A simple plan and a hell of a lot of explosives pay off in a galloping true crime tale that speaks in the language of 70s SoCal dirt bags, dreamers and G men Stranger still, beneath the pyrotechnics lies a poignant story of family Higginbotham s skills as a journalist and storyteller left me banging the plate for Charles Graeber, author of The Good Nurse Of all the spectacular crimes that plagued America at the tail end of the Me Decade, none was bizarre or ambitious than the plot to bomb Harvey s Wagon Wheel Casino Adam Higginbotham brings this bonkers caper to vivid life in A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite, a tale that explores the very fine line between criminal genius and criminal insanity You ll devour this rollicking yarn in one sitting, then spend the next few months regaling your friends with all the astonishing details Brendan I Koerner, author of The Skies Belong to Us Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 71 pages Published July 30th 2014 by The Atavist More Details ASIN B00M9V9MFW Edition Language English setting Stateline, Nevada United States Other Editions None found All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite, please sign up

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fatigues, Kevlar vest, and helmet He s squatting behind the pilot s seat of a Bell Ranger helicopter In the co pilot s seat are three canvas money bags, containing cut and bound newsprint to match the weight of 3 million This was hopefu A Fantastic Account of One of The Largest Bombings In The U.S The events in this story were reconstructed using documents from the criminal investigation and court proceedings, interviews, news reports, etc FBI special agent Dell Rowley is dressed in black fatigues, Kevlar vest, and helmet He s squatting behind the pilot s seat of a Bell Ranger helicopter In the co pilot s seat are three canvas money bags, containing cut and bound newsprint to match the weight of 3 million This was hopefully to be delivered to extortionists who had placed an unusual, very large bomb on the second floor of Harvey s Wagon Wheel Casino in Stateline, Nevada, which took place back on August 27, 1980 Unfortunately, the delivery is not made, and through attempts to deactivate it as safely as possible, it does go off causing severe damage to the casino However there were no people harmed or killed This is a true account of the real events and the long investigation which finally brought down the guilty parties It is extremely well written and documented, by author Adam Higginbotham, who has a long career history of writing in magazine and newspapers in London, contributing editor at The Sunday Telegragh, and also writing for GQ, Men s Journal, The New Yorker, and Wired It s a fast, intriguing read, finely honed Highly recommend I only wish that photographs could have been inserted as well flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 20, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it This is a fascinating true story of a Hungarian refugee who tries to blow up the Harvey s Wagon Wheel Casino in South Lake Tahoe in the early 80 s Big John Birges convinces his two sons to help him with the extortion through bombing plot This is being made into a movie by Bradley Cooper I would cast John Goodman as Big John and Sam Rockwell as one of the sons The FBI said that this bomb was the most complex bomb ever made in American history This is from a kIndle Single.This often less than This is a fascinating true story of a Hungarian refugee who tries to blow up the Harvey s Wagon Wheel Casino in South Lake Tahoe in the early 80 s Big John Birges convinces his two sons to help him with the extortion through bombing plot This is being made into a movie by Bradley Cooper I would cast John Goodman as Big John and Sam Rockwell as one of the sons The FBI said that this bomb was the most complex bomb ever made in American history This is from a kIndle Single.This often less than 100 page stories always seem to be rich storytelling flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 03, 2014 Alan rated it really liked it Shelves atavist, non fiction Amazing true story that makes Ocean s Eleven seem plausible Early 80s Fresno, CA a gambler and clearly disturbed individual tries extorting a casino in Tahoe by planting a bomb that cannot be disarmed and threatening to blow up the casino unless he gets three million dollars Read the rest hard to believe I found this book through Atavist which is a great source of interesting reading flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 02, 2014 Marcia rated it really liked it Completely fascinating flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 16, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing The guy was stupid, crazy, smart Great read about a lunatic that tried to blow up a Casino in the 80 s Highly recommend flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 14, 2014 Matthew rated it liked it Shelves 2014, non fiction Another I Can t Believe This Actually Happened report from The Atavist You ve got my attention flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 20, 2014 Nev Thomas rated it it was ok Ok short story.Not worth 1.99 flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 14, 2014 andrew y rated it it was amazing A would read again six or seven times, really well written and interesting and gripping and somehow made what should have been a much too long short piece into a much too short long piece what flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 01, 2015 Byron rated it really liked it This is one of those Atavist stories Essentially, a feature length magazine story or maybe slightly longer You can sign up for a membership, or you can also cop this individually from.Some of the best parts of this were excerpted at Slate a while back I remember reading it a while back and thinking I d have to take a look.As is the case with many of these I notice, the actual story is less interesting than you d think, given the description So many of these things seem to be about peo This is one of those Atavist stories Essentially, a feature length magazine story or maybe slightly longer You can sign up for a membership, or you can also cop this individually from.Some of the best parts of this were excerpted at Slate a while back I remember reading it a while back and thinking I d have to take a look.As is the case with many of these I notice, the actual story is less interesting than you d think, given the description So many of these things seem to be about people with huge plans that don t pan out for whatever reason.Mind you, it s not a spoiler to point that out Things definitely get blown up here, just not in the way you d think hope But arguably, that s part of the fun the bumbling nature of the perps They were brilliant enough to craft a device that confounds law enforcement to this day, but maybe not enough to make any money with it flag Like see review Sep 02, 2015 Harvey Smith rated it liked it This book was a quick read, and a fairly short book The true story of a father and his two sons, and two employees that constructed a bomb to blow up a casino in South Lake Tahoe The bomb blew up the casino with no injuries, and the perpetrators subsequently caught after thinking they could outsmart the authorities.This case reminds me of a bank bombing in Woodburn, Oregon a few years ago, when a father and son constructed a small bomb that they intended to use to demand a ransom Unfortunatel This book was a quick read, and a fairly short book The true story of a father and his two sons, and two employees that constructed a bomb to blow up a casino in South Lake Tahoe The bomb blew up the casino with no injuries, and the perpetrators subsequently caught after thinking they could outsmart the authorities.This case reminds me of a bank bombing in Woodburn, Oregon a few years ago, when a father and son constructed a small bomb that they intended to use to demand a ransom Unfortunately, two police officers were killed trying to defuse the bomb flag Like see review Apr 27, 2016 Jenn Stewart rated it it was amazing Fascinating Story and Great Voice I loved the voice the author took It made the story even interesting than I thought it was going to be It doesn t have a happy ending obviously but it does cover all of the details flag Like see review Jul 10, 2016 Danny Lindsay rated it it was amazing An incredible piece of longform journalism I didn t know they made em like this any Highly recommended flag Like see review May 22, 2015 Alex Linschoten rated it liked it Good story and storytelling A cross between a detective story and a thriller flag Like see review View all 3 comments Jan 11, 2016 Ron rated it liked it A short book Kindle Single about a bomb extortion scheme of a small casino in 1980 It was a good quick non fiction read flag Like see review View 1 comment cecil van pelt rated it liked it Aug 21, 2014 Craig L Thighe rated it liked it Nov 30, 2014 Damien rated it really liked it Sep 27, 2015 Pete Warden rated it really liked it Sep 03, 2014 Craig Lipke rated it liked it Sep 06, 2016 AL Mohr rated it really liked it Oct 24, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it Nov 29, 2014 Shaloy rated it liked it Aug 23, 2014 Jonathan Beardsley rated it liked it Sep 19, 2016 Joshua Raines rated it really liked it Sep 06, 2014 Mark Bowers rated it liked it Sep 15, 2015 Roy Stephenson rated it it was 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    1. This is a story that I wasn t aware of It s interesting that this man was able to pull off the nearly perfect crime A fast read but very interesting.


    2. An 82 page account of a memorable extortion case from 1980, originally from ATAVIST, a digital only publication devoted to longform narrative journalism I commend the author for not stretching this out to a full length book.


    3. A Fantastic Account of One of The Largest Bombings In The U.S The events in this story were reconstructed using documents from the criminal investigation and court proceedings, interviews, news reports, etc FBI special agent Dell Rowley is dressed in black fatigues, Kevlar vest, and helmet He s squatting behind the pilot s seat of a Bell Ranger helicopter In the co pilot s seat are three canvas money bags, containing cut and bound newsprint to match the weight of 3 million This was hopefu A Fant [...]


    4. This is a fascinating true story of a Hungarian refugee who tries to blow up the Harvey s Wagon Wheel Casino in South Lake Tahoe in the early 80 s Big John Birges convinces his two sons to help him with the extortion through bombing plot This is being made into a movie by Bradley Cooper I would cast John Goodman as Big John and Sam Rockwell as one of the sons The FBI said that this bomb was the most complex bomb ever made in American history This is from a kIndle Single.This often less than This [...]


    5. Amazing true story that makes Ocean s Eleven seem plausible Early 80s Fresno, CA a gambler and clearly disturbed individual tries extorting a casino in Tahoe by planting a bomb that cannot be disarmed and threatening to blow up the casino unless he gets three million dollars Read the rest hard to believe I found this book through Atavist which is a great source of interesting reading.



    6. The guy was stupid, crazy, smart Great read about a lunatic that tried to blow up a Casino in the 80 s Highly recommend


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