THE CRITICS WEIGH IN
"Gordon does an excellent job of piecing together the events that culminated in the killings and of the subsequent cover-ups. Privy to information not previously available to other authors—FBI files unearthed in the National Archives—Gordon is able to put Kent State into historical perspective."
— The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Convincing, well documented and well researched."
— Chuck Frederick, Knight Newspapers
"A fascinating as well as factual account of what really took place at Kent State."
— Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby)
"Balanced and thorough—and as close to the last word as anyone has come so far."
— Paul Aron, Unsolved Mysteries of American History
"Gordon, a free-lance journalist, draws upon nearly two decades of research (including 200 interviews and recently released government files) to provide a compelling, highly readable analysis of the shooting, the cover-ups that followed, and the complex legal battles that surrounded the 1970 killings of four students by National Guardsmen at Kent State. Without trying to enhance particular theories or leaping to simple conclusions, Gordon systematically addresses the major unresolved questions of who did what and why in a manner that brings more clarity to this controversial historical tragedy than any other work to date. Although it reads like a whodunit, the work is very well documented . . . As entertaining as the best detective fiction and well documented as the best journalism or scholarship."
— Choice magazine