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An American Bombing: The Road to April 19th, April 16, 2024, HBO



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An upcoming HBO documentary examines the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in US history, and the rise of anti-government sentiment and homegrown violent extremism.

The documentary, airing on April 16, 2024, delves into the roots of anti-government extremism and its reverberations today. It explores how the bombing, carried out by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, served as a wake-up call to the dangers of escalating homegrown violent ideologies in the United States.

On April 19, 1995, McVeigh detonated a truck bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children, and injuring hundreds more. The attack, motivated by anti-government sentiment and anger towards the federal government’s handling of incidents like the Waco siege, became a pivotal moment in the nation’s history.

The documentary, directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Marc Levin, provides a detailed account of the bombing, the experiences of those impacted, and the extensive investigation that followed. It also traces the personal trajectory of McVeigh, his struggles after serving in the Gulf War, and his association with pro-gun and anti-government groups.


The film connects McVeigh to a larger extremist movement, highlighting the ideology that drove his actions and the broader implications for national security. It raises important questions about the lessons learned from past acts of domestic terrorism and serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing threat posed by violent extremism.

An American Bombing: The Road to April 19th sheds light on the devastating impact of the bombing, with first-hand accounts from former President Bill Clinton, bombing survivor Nancy Shaw, and family members of victims. It also includes insights from investigative reporters, former law enforcement officials, authors, and attorneys closely connected to the case.

The documentary is a timely exploration of the surge in homegrown violent extremism and its deadly consequences. It is a powerful reminder of the fragility of our society and the importance of addressing the root causes of such violence.

An American Bombing: The Road to April 19th airs on HBO at 9.00 pm on April 16, 2024.


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