When Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan walked into the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Processing Center and opened fire on soldiers within, he perpetrated the worst mass shooting on a United States military base in our country's history. Death on Base is an in-depth look at the events surrounding the tragic mass murder that took place on November 5, 2009, and an investigation into the causes and influences that factored into the attack.
The story begins with Hasan's early life in Virginia, continues with his time at Fort Hood, Texas, covers the events of the shooting, and concludes with his trial. The authors analyze Hasan's connections to radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and demonstrate how radical Islam fueled Hasan's hatred of both the American military and the soldiers he treated. The authors explore the strange paradox that the shooting at Fort Hood was classified as workplace violence rather than a terrorist act. This classification has major implications for the victims of the shooting who have been denied health benefits and compensation.
"This is a story that is expertly told and is useful as a reference into this ghastly event." (Gary M. Lavergne, author of A Sniper in the Tower)
"A real page turner, but it's also a cautionary warning that dangerous extremists continue to slip through the nation's security net." (Robert Rivard, director of the Rivard Report)
"It is a significant contribution to the literature." (James Marquart, co-author of The Rope, The Chair, and the Needle)
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