Harvest of Rage: Why Oklahoma City Is Only the Beginning

Harvest of Rage: Why Oklahoma City Is Only the Beginning

Harvest of Rage: Why Oklahoma City Is Only the Beginning

Harvest of Rage: Why Oklahoma City Is Only the Beginning


Timothy McVeigh is not alone. The 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City killed nearly two hundred innocent people & shattered the complacency of a nation. But this event, horrible as it was, may well be only the beginning of an unprecedented wave of terror in America. This is the chilling conclusion reached by Joel Dyer in Harvest of Rage, the first book to explore the surprisingly deep rural roots of today's growing & increasingly deadly antigovernment movement.


On April 19, 1995, a Ryder truck filled with fertilizer and racing fuel exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. The murderous blast killed 168 innocent people and forever changed the emotional and political landscape of America. In the bloody aftermath of that single event, we realized that there are people and organizations that will stop at nothing to demonstrate their hatred for the federal government, even if innocent children have to be blown to bits to make their point.

While the smoke was still clearing from America's most infamous terrorist attack, all eyes looked across the ocean for answers. The national media began to explore which faraway terrorists were likely culprits. After all, this was Oklahoma City, the middle of the American heartland, and only the mind of some foreign murderer could have conceived such a bloodthirsty plot.

But in Oklahoma and around the nation, FBI agents were looking across our own oceans of wheat, corn, and barley for their answers. They weren't raiding the homes of Palestinian nationals or people born in Iraq and Iran. Within hours of the blast, they were questioning men and women who had attended meetings on how to stop farm foreclosures or on how to return the country to a constitutional republic. They raced to question those who run the agriculture hot lines that assist stressed-out farmers when they become suicidal or violent or just need to talk to someone who understands what losing the family farm means.

While a shocked nation sat glued to its television sets and watched the Oklahoma City body count rise, government agents were questioning people who had attended a meeting held at an Oklahoma City motel just two weeks before the explosion. The meeting was advertised as an effort to address the issue of farm foreclosures. But instead, it turned out to be a Christian Identity crash course in antigovernment theology. The guest speakers at the meeting were from Decker, Michigan--the place where James Nichols has his farm, the . . .

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