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Shattered Lives: Overcoming the Fraunces Tavern Terror

Shattered Lives: Overcoming the Fraunces Tavern Terror

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On January 24, 1975, six young businessmen were enjoying lunch in lower Manhattan's historic Fraunces Tavern when a bomb placed inside the restaurant exploded, tearing through the building. It had been planted by a group claiming support for Puerto Rican independence known as the "FALN," the most active domestic terrorist organization in American history. Among those businessmen were two sons of immigrants and only children-Frank Connor, with a wife and two young boys, and Alex Berger, whose wife was six months pregnant. Both were murdered, along with two other men, while dozens were injured, many horrifically. Shattered Lives, co-authored by Jeff Ingber and Joe Connor, Frank Connor's son, chronicles the origins of the Puerto Rican independence movement, its transformation into a Cuban-led Marxist cause, the FALN's decade-long reign of murder and destruction that was a precursor to future domestic terrorism, the hunt for the perpetrators by a group of dedicated FBI agents, the inexplicable escape from prison by the FALN's chief bombmaker who eventually received asylum in Cuba, and the political maneuvering that led to Presidents Clinton and Obama granting clemency to FALN members. Through extensive, exclusive interviews with survivors and family, Shattered Lives describes the devastating impact of the Fraunces Tavern bombing on the Connor and Berger families and its many other victims, including NYPD officers, uniting them in their struggle to move forward while seeking justice for their loved ones.


Author: Joe Connor, Jeff Ingber
Publisher: Jeffrey Ingber
Published: 03/28/2018
Pages: 424
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.08lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.51w x 0.86d
ISBN: 9780985410049

About the Author
JEFF INGBER is a former financial industry executive and current consultant. His writings include novels, screenplays, short stories, and articles. A graduate of Queens College and NYU Law School, Jeff lives in New Jersey with his wife. JOE CONNOR is a recognized spokesperson and advocate on antiterrorism and national security matters. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, and he is a regular guest on various well-known local and nationally syndicated TV and radio programs. Joe conceived of and co-authored the novel, "The New Founders," which brings the Founding Fathers alive in 21st Century America. A 1988 graduate of Villanova University, Joe lives in the New York metropolitan area with his wife and two college-age children. He works in the financial services industry.

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