Work of the Fellows: Memoirs

In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief, and a Victim’s Quest for Justice

Hirsch, Susan F. (Fellow, 2002-03)

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

In the Moment of Greatest Calamity is her story--a tale told on many levels: personal, anthropological, legal, and, finally, political. The book's central chapters describe Hirsch's experience of the bombing trials in a Manhattan federal court in 2001, including a behind-the-scenes look at the investigation leading up to the trial, encounters with some of the FBI's leading terrorism investigators, and many moments of drama from the proceedings themselves. Hirsch reveals the inner conflict that results from her opposition to the death penalty and concludes that the trial was both flawed and indispensable.


Subjects: Anthropology; History; Law; African History; Grief; Justice; Legal History; Tanzanian History; Terrorism