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Lindt Café siege : the powerful and uncomprimising story of what happened and why the police response went so tragically wrong

Author: Deborah Snow
Publisher: Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Elamite
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On 15 December 2014, just ten days before Christmas, the unthinkable happened. A terrorist attack on Australian soil. For seventeen hours Islamic State-inspired gunman Man Haron Monis held his captives in a terrifying drama that paralysed Sydney and kept a nation glued to its television screens. Two hostages were killed and three seriously wounded. The others would have their lives changed for ever. Despite the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Snow
ISBN: 9781760296933 1760296937
OCLC Number: 1041837020
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 315 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Author's note --
Prologue --
1. In the beginning --
2. The first hours --
3. Shape-shifter --
4. The hostages --
5. Waiting game --
6. Another escape --
7. Lost opportunities --
8. Ships in the night --
9. Lengthening shadows --
10. The long night --
11. Just seven remain --
12. The storm breaks --
13. Loss --
14. The inquest --
15. Nagging questions --
16. Scars and memories --
Postscript --
Afterword: A letter from Louisa Hope.
Other Titles: Siege
Responsibility: Deborah Snow.

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On 15 December 2014, just ten days before Christmas, the unthinkable happened. A terrorist attack on Australian soil. For seventeen hours Islamic State-inspired gunman Man Haron Monis held his captives in a terrifying drama that paralysed Sydney and kept a nation glued to its television screens. Two hostages were killed and three seriously wounded. The others would have their lives changed for ever. Despite the police leadership declaring it was well prepared for a terrorist attack, many shortcomings on the night revealed a response that fell seriously short of that promise. Deborah Snow lays bare what happened behind the scenes in the cafe as the hostages tried to keep themselves alive while waiting for a police response that didn't come. She also takes us into the police command posts as communications, equipment and decision-making structures broke down. Hurtling towards its inevitable and tragic conclusion, Siege draws us into a vortex of police missteps, extraordinary bravery and profound grief to reveal what happened during that awful day. Shocking, compelling and revealing Siege will take its place as the classic account of these events.

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