An excellent and engaging narrative of a part of history which is obscure for many Americans but critical for understanding modern struggles. The central figures are three-dimensional and well-researched, presented with all their character and foibles. Well worth the time.
Excellent book. It pokes into many dark corners and meticulously cites the results. Something close to a quarter of the book is the Notes section and there is *gold* in there. Given that the book was published in '05, some of the information is dated (the LA 8 case which Cole was involved in as counsel finally ended after the publication), but the citations and links in the end notes make it easy to follow up on key issues. When one does follow up (on federal prosecutions for terrorism post-2005, for instance), one finds that the authors' commentary is still quite relevant in 2015.
The Scribd version has some formatting issues which detract from its value. Bizarre bits of white-space and stray hyphens are annoying at times while reading (presumably artifacts of some automated reformatting or format conversion), but the big problem is that it makes it difficult to cut-and-paste quotes for use in papers and it often breaks searches for key concepts (searches do not match when the word is broken by white-space).