Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family

Every Last Tie The Story of the Unabomber and His Family In August David Kaczynski s wife Linda asked him a difficult question Do you think your brother Ted is the Unabomber He couldn t be David thought But as the couple pored over the Unabomber s sev

  • Title: Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family
  • Author: David Kaczynski
  • ISBN: 9780822359807
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In August 1995 David Kaczynski s wife Linda asked him a difficult question Do you think your brother Ted is the Unabomber He couldn t be, David thought But as the couple pored over the Unabomber s seventy eight page manifesto, David couldn t rule out the possibility It slowly became clear to them that Ted was likely responsible for mailing the seventeen bombs that kiIn August 1995 David Kaczynski s wife Linda asked him a difficult question Do you think your brother Ted is the Unabomber He couldn t be, David thought But as the couple pored over the Unabomber s seventy eight page manifesto, David couldn t rule out the possibility It slowly became clear to them that Ted was likely responsible for mailing the seventeen bombs that killed three people and injured many Wanting to prevent further violence, David made the agonizing decision to turn his brother in to the FBI Every Last Tie is David s highly personal and powerful memoir of his family, as well as a meditation on the possibilities for reconciliation and maintaining family bonds Seen through David s eyes, Ted was a brilliant, yet troubled, young mathematician and a loving older brother Their parents were supportive and emphasized to their sons the importance of education and empathy But as Ted grew older he became and withdrawn, his behavior became increasingly erratic, and he often sent angry letters to his family from his isolated cabin in rural Montana During Ted s trial David worked hard to save Ted from the death penalty, and since then he has been a leading activist in the anti death penalty movement The book concludes with an afterword by psychiatry professor and forensic psychiatrist James L Knoll IV, who discusses the current challenges facing the mental health system in the United States as well as the link between mental illness and violence.

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    • "Lately I have been a victim of many unusual and irrational thoughts. These thoughts constantly recur, and it requires a tremendous mental effort to concentrate. I consulted Dr. Cochrum at the University Health Center and asked him to recommend someone that I could consult with about some psychiatric disorders I felt I had…I talked to a doctor once for about two hours and tried to convey to him my fears that I felt overcome by overwhelming violent impulses. After one session I never saw the Do [...]

    • I don't know why I chose to read Every Last Tie -- I don't have any particular fascination or interest in the Unibomber -- but I'm really glad I took a chance on this book. The author -- David Kaczynski -- is Ted Kaczynski's brother. Not only is he the Unibomber's brother, but at the urging of his wife he's the one who identified Ted as a possible suspect for the slew of mail bombs that killed 3 people and injured many more from the late 1970s to the mid 1990s. Don't read this book if you're loo [...]

    • Every Last Tie is incredibly disturbing and unforgettable, but also very sad. What would you do if you suspected a close family member of multiple murders? This book asks hard questions about what people are capable of when pushed to the breaking point.

    • Very insightful book on the discovery of who the Unabomber is and how it came to light on who his identity was. This was written very well and kept me reading until the last page.

    • When I was 20 years old I developed an infatuation on a devilishly handsome older boy who used to come into town riding a freight train. This boy said he was an anarchist opposed to industrial civilization. He said his own philosophy was best expressed in the unabomber manifesto. However, when pressed he admitted that he hadn't actually read the thing. He didn't read much, this boy. On the other hand, I was a reader, and so out of frustration at my never-to-be consummated crush, I printed out th [...]

    • I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is definitely not a book I would normally pick up, but on a whim I thought it sounded interesting as I enjoy memoirs and psychology. As I started this book, I thought I would really enjoy it but about a third of the way through it lost my interest. I felt it became much more about the author than Ted Kaczynski, and sometimes gave more detail than I cared to know about philosophical ideas of the author or odd dreams or experie [...]

    • A very humane and heartfelt book. I could feel David Kaczynski's anguish over his brother's illness and crimes. Ted is still something of a cipher, but how could he not be? Just the same, this book goes a long toward making one recognize that he was a profoundly ill and disturbed person, not evil, but all too human.

    • David Kaczynski's memoir is a compelling read. The book seems to argue that mental illness was the only reason that his brother, Ted, became the person we know as the Unabomber. Kaczynski's description of early family life shows some dysfunction but he makes a huge leap with an implication that experiments that Ted participated in at Harvard damaged him severely and laid the groundwork for Ted's spiral into mental illness. I think that since Kaczynski chose to write a memoir, he might have serve [...]

    • “Every Last Tie” is an extraordinary baring of the soul by a man who had to do the unthinkable, then turned his personal tragedy into campaigns against the death penalty and for improved mental health services. David Kazcynski, brother of the Unabomber, is a humble, gentle, intelligent, and generous man, and reading his “story of the Unabomber and his family” will both break your heart and inspire your spirit. His tale reminds us to have compassion for others and ourselves and not to jud [...]

    • I didn't expect to read this book in one sitting, but that's what happened. Definitely interesting, and more moving than I expected it to be. The afterword by a forensic psychiatrist was a valuable added perspective. This is a very readable book and I recommend it—and not just because I work for the publisher.

    • David Kaczynski is the brother of Ted Kaczynski, the man we know as the Unabomber. In this honest and powerful memoir, which is as much an autobiography as a biographical account of his much-loved brother, we come to know the background to what happened to Ted plus David’s own development after the truth about what his brother had become was uncovered. The book doesn’t pretend to be a dispassionate and in-depth account, but it’s a moving and compelling personal story that I found very enga [...]

    • Over the course of 17 years (1978-1995), a domestic terrorist code-named "The Unabomber" targeted corporate executives and academics by sending them homemade letter-bombs that would detonate upon opening. Twenty-three people were injured, and three were killed. The FBI's investigation was going nowhere until a social worker named David Kaczynski provided a tip that the Unabomber could be his estranged older brother Ted, a former college mathematics professor who had retreated from the world to l [...]

    • I received this book as a Giveaway. It really fit well with the genres I read the most; memoirs and sociology. The first four chapters are written by David, brother of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. The final chapter is written by a Psychiatrist that, through his mentor's work, became acquainted with David and the Unabomber case. I felt that this second perspective was interesting and a great way to conclude the book.The bulk of the book written by David, feels like a honest and compelling need [...]

    • Insightful, but flawed brother's storyDavid Kaczyski provides a well-written and insightful account of the life of his brother, Ted, who became known as the Unabomber. The book manages to bring understanding about Ted's challenges without making excuses for his actions, a hard line to walk.The book suffers, however, from inattentive editing, including frequent lower-casing of FBI (as well as TV and NAMI) and other minor issues that, while minor, are a distraction to readers. The bigger issue is [...]

    • Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family by David Kaczynski is an interesting read for the most part but could have done without the last quarter of the book which was only loosely related at best. As with any biographical work written by a family member a reader has to read with an eye toward hidden or hinted at situations. David does an admirable job of trying to be as open and honest as possible but he is still human and there are as many questions raised about the family lif [...]

    • David Kaczynski relays a very sad, but amazingly brave story of the decisions he and his wife were forced to make once they suspected the identity of the man who had been terrorizing the country for years was, in fact, David's brother. This is not a tell-all story, but instead a thoughtful study of the Kaczynski family, composed of two loving parents and two very different, highly intelligent sons. From an early age Ted was a loner and his parents often worried about him, but as was common in th [...]

    • I was excited to read this book because I'd seen David Kaczynski speak a few times on TV about his brother and the difficulty he had turning him in to the FBI. But, the book was a little disappointing. I did really like that he includes lots of family pictures. Similarly to Sue Klebold's book, A Mother's Reckoning, it helps humanize Ted Kaczynski and you can see how his family knew there were problems, but never imagined he would turn into the Unibomber. The book is VERY short - only 4 chapters [...]

    • Supposedly the story of how the Unabomber’s brother turned him in, but despite it being a thin book there wasn’t that much of that. Most is family background, how Ted became alienated from the family as his (probable) mental illness took hold, and so on. Some moments were of particular interest to me. Ted Kaczynski went to Harvard on a scholarship at sixteen; that’s as obvious a warning sign as you’re gonna get. I also found it funny that the play Antigone is mentioned, since I’d never [...]

    • We talk about expectations that people will turn in friends and family members who are suspected of terrorism, or who have the potential and intention to commit horrific acts, but don't think too deeply about what that experience will be like for the informant. Here, Ted Kaczynski's brother explains, in detail, what happens when you call the FBI to report that your older brother is probably the Unabomber, your mother resists the idea, the news tears your life apart until settling into an accepta [...]

    • I felt that the author didn't give us the full story. He seemed to leave out bits and pieces, and occasionally pausing to give a judgemental filibuster on those whose beliefs and opinions differ from his own. He's almost arrogant, waithe is. He didn't tell us what happened during and after Ted's trial, or how he and his family recovered from his brother's notoriety. I understand that being in this unique situation can be very trying and emotionally difficult, but I feel like he didn't share ever [...]

    • This book walks an incredible line: it is both breathtakingly honest and enormously kind. I was too young and too oblivious to the news to remember the Unabomber scare, which possibly served me well in enjoying this book. I have, however, experienced personal and familial brushes with mental illness and would recommend this book and particularly its afterword unreservedly to anyone engaged in that momentous struggle. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that it is slightly disappoi [...]

    • David Kaczynski, younger brother of Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, gives a brief but heartfelt account of growing up it with a brother he idealized and loved but one who manifested signs of mental illness from an early age. If you remember this case, you already know that David turned in his brother to the FBI but this book details how that came to be and how agonizing the decision was for the author to make. This is not really a book about the Unabomber's crimes but more a book a [...]

    • "What may not have been anticipated was the strength of Ted Kaczynski's commitment to his ideals and his abhorrence to being labeled mentally ill. So strong was this opposition that he preferred the death penalty over allowing his defense attorneys to present mental health evidence. Not only did he not believe he was mentally ill; more importantly, he did not want his philosophical ideals and opinions to be compromised or dismissed as the product of an unsound mind." So, what if the person who f [...]

    • I didn't get to reading David Kaczynski’s memoir until I'd seen several episodes of "Manhunt: Unabomber" on the Discovery Channel. The television show is very much about the FBI investigation surrounding the Unabomber, but the book is not as much about the Unabomber as it is about Ted Kaczynski, the man eventually arrested for the Unabomber's crimes.Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unabomber and His Family is a carefully crafted memoir designed to humanize a cold-blooded killer. Just look at t [...]

    • There was an intimacy, yet an emotional remoteness to this book. It does not describe what happened after Kaczynski made the decision to contact the FBI about his brother or what happened at the trial or any of the other what you might consider lurid details. It is very short at just 100 pages -- and discusses their childhood, the author's relationship and regard for his wife, and the growing realization that his brother could be committing these bombings. I respect the book for what it is, I ju [...]

    • This was an extremely quick read. Got in in the morning from the library, and was done by later afternoon. Heartfelt and sad memoir by the brother of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber. It's terrible how mental illness can affect a family from early on. That doesn't excuse Ted in any way, but David let's us see through the window at his family and Ted's upbringing. The fact that after the manifesto was published, his wife convinces him to see the writing through the eyes of his brother, and later to a [...]

    • David Kaczynski shared such personal accounts of his life. A love story, memories, dreams, conversations, etc. The book is a clear window into his family showing some of the major struggles and pains over the years. It is eye-opening to learn more about Ted as a big brother.What stood out to me was how Ted decided he wanted to cut off ties with his family forever and how hurtful that was to everyone; yet David remained loyal and loving. David continues to seek the greater good despite the traged [...]

    • Honestly, I don't feel like I learned much I couldn't have gotten from an internet search. I would have loved to know more about how they actually came to the conclusion that the person who wrote the Manifesto might be his brother - familiar phrases and such. Also, I would have liked to know more about his wife's role in it since she is the one who first had the realization it might be Ted Kaczynski and had to wrestle with bringing it up to her husband.

    • It's an interesting memoir of the life a family leads after one of their members does something terrible. It's an interesting comparison to some of the interviews conducted by Merari in Driven to Death of families of Suicide bombers they were just as often supportive as they were horrified. Yet it's also interesting to see the comparisons, across cultures, of just how often loneliness and alienation seem to factor into violence being committed.

    • If you have followed the story of Ted Kaczynski, this book adds some depth. I watched Manhunt: Unabomber, as well as Mindhunter, and then read the actual Unabomber Manifesto. To read the story from his brother's perspective was heartbreaking. If you read the book, stick around for the afterword by the forensic psychiatrist. It sheds some light on mass shootings that I have not seen elsewhere.

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