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

William Rosenau (Author)
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Atria Books
Publish Date
January 07, 2020
6.3 X 1.1 X 9.2 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

William Rosenau, PhD, is a senior research scientist and has also worked as a political scientist at RAND, as a counter-terrorism adviser at the State Department, and as a staffer on a US Senate terrorism subcommittee. His articles have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He has appeared on CNN, BBC World News, CBS Evening News, and elsewhere.


"I was blown away. Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol is simply one of the most entertaining and intriguing books I've read in quite some time."--Sean McFate, author of The New Rules of War
"Bill Rosenau has unearthed the extraordinary tale of a group of ordinary American women who became terrorists and went to war against the United States government. It's a deeply researched and well-written account of a group of true believers who waged a terrifying terrorist campaign in America."--Peter Bergen, author of United States of Jihad
"Terrorism has a long history in the United States. And no one has done a better job than William Rosenau in recounting one of its more fascinating episodes--the bombing campaign waged by a terrorist group of white American women known as M19. Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol is a gripping account of this hitherto forgotten terrorist campaign that culminated in the 1983 attack on our most revered edifices. Rosenau has produced the authoritative account of the group, its members, operations, and consequences."--Bruce Hoffman, author of Inside Terrorism and professor, Georgetown University
"This book is a journey both delightful and horrifying through a story that was never even remembered by most, much less forgotten. Anyone interested in terrorism and the modern security state, or just a good yarn, will love this book."--Ryan Evans, CEO and editor in chief of War on the Rocks and publisher of Texas National Security Review
"William Rosenau's Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol is . . . a reminder that, while right-wing extremism may be plaguing our nation now, there was a time when the left was just as dangerous. And far more invisible."--NY Daily News
"The author relies on skilled, detailed research to outline both the goals and violent practices of the revolutionaries... An intriguing history that holds relevance to domestic terrorism in our current era."
--Kirkus Reviews
"This fascinating chronicle of a dark slice of American history deserves a wide audience. "
--Publishers Weekly
"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."
--Library Journal
"Written by counterterrorism expert and former RAND political scientist William Rosenau, Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol tells the compelling and sobering tale of M19 with hardly a hint of the sensationalism its bombastic title promises. . . . It's to Rosenau's credit that his account of deeply sobering political violence proves consistently compelling without ever striving to titillate, exploit, or entertain."--New York Journal of Books