Business: Bombs in Books

Security for executives

United Air Lines President Percy Wood last month received, at his Lake Forest, Ill., home, a gift in the mail from an unknown admirer. After ripping open the package, he awkwardly pulled the book it contained out, away from his body. That move probably saved his life. Inside the hollowed-out copy of Sloan Wilson's novel Ice Brothers was a spring-activated pipe bomb filled with explosive black powder and pieces of shrapnel. Because the bomb exploded a few feet away, Wood survived, though suffering heavy lacerations on his legs and chest.

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