HOUSTON, June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- John M. Hardy Publishing will release"TOWER SNIPER: The Terror of America's First Active Shooter on Campus," by Monte Akers, Nathan Akers, and Dr. Roger Friedman, Book Release Date: 28 July 2016.
ADULT, HISTORY/NON-FICTION, TEXAS, UT
Hardcover ISBN # 978-0-9903714-3-4, $24.95
376 pages, 72 Photos, 6X9
The release of this book corresponds with the unveiling of the newly expanded memorial for the victims of this tragedy on the University of Texas campus, August 1, 2016, the 50th Anniversary of the shooting.
Austin Historical Center is hosting a formal book launch July 26, 2016 with author to discuss and sign books; 810 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701, (512) 974-7480.
On August 1, 1966, University of Texas engineering student Charles Whitman went to the top of the 307-foot campus tower. Over the next 96 minutes he shot and killed 15 people and wounded 31. Tower Sniper: The Terror of America's First Campus Active Shooter, by Monte Akers, Nathan Akers, and Dr. Roger Friedman, explores the history and personal experience of this seminal tragedy, enriches public memory, and advances our understanding of mass shootings that continue to haunt America.
The authors vigilantly examine the details leading up to the event, the shootings, and their half-century legacy in stark detail. In doing so the authors correct various myths that have been part of the public narrative for decades, such as a brain tumor having motivated Whitman's actions, that he intentionally targeted certain victims, and that he attempted to make it appear that multiple snipers were active. Witness interviews, examination of primary sources, and handwriting analysis reveal information overlooked until now, including the factors that actually contributed to Whitman's predatory behavior and how his death and autopsy were mishandled.
Employing the expertise of a clinical psychologist who was at the time considered a best friend to one of the shooter's young victims, the book contrasts current understandings of trauma with the approach taken at the time, documents the long-term traumatic legacy of mass shootings, and describes how individuals and communities can successfully cope with traumatic memories.
Monte Akers is an established historian, biographer, and lawyer whose prestigious works include; The Fights on the Little Horn, Year of Desperate Struggle, Flames After Midnight, Year of Glory, and The Accidental Historian.
Nathan Akers graduated from Texas State University with a degree in History in 2013. As a 20-year resident of Austin,
Roger Friedman, Ph.D. is a psychologist and social worker in clinical practice for 35 years in the Washington, D.C. area. He has published many professional articles about the lasting effects of trauma on victims and responders, and has served nationally as a clinical consultant to Mental Health and Social Service Programs. Dr. Friedman is on the Adjunct Faculty at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work.
Mr. Friedman may be contacted through Mr. Akers.
John M. Hardy Publishing was established in 1996 dedicated to Texas Literature, Biographies, Historical, Non-Fiction, and Historical Fictions. Headquartered in Houston Texas, we have had the honor to publish the works of bestselling authors such as, Bud Shrake, Mike Nichols, Mike Farris, Robert Waller, David Heymann, and Lee Lanning, Laurence Parent, Dr. Michael Powell, and Dr. John Dempsey. For more information, visit our web site www.johnhardypublishing.com.
Edysol D. Price
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