American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman--and the Shoot-out that Stopped It

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Simon and Schuster, 02‏/11‏/2005 - 320 من الصفحات
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A fast-paced, definitive, and breathtakingly suspenseful account of an extraordinary historical event—the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman in 1950 by two Puerto Rican Nationalists and the bloody shoot-out in the streets of Washington, DC, that saved the president's life.

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times bestselling novelist Stephen Hunter, and John Bainbridge, Jr., an experienced journalist and lawyer, American Gunfight is at once a groundbreaking work of meticulous historical research and the vivid and dramatically told story of an act of terrorism that almost succeeded. They have pieced together, at last, the story of the conspiracy that nearly doomed the president and how a few good men—ordinary guys who were willing to risk their lives in the line of duty—stopped it.

It begins on November 1, 1950, an unseasonably hot afternoon in the sleepy capital. At 2:00 P.M. in his temporary residence at Blair House, the president of the United States takes a nap. At 2:20 P.M., two men approach Blair House from different directions. Oscar Collazo, a respected metal polisher and family man, and Griselio Torresola, an unemployed salesman, don’t look dangerous, not in their new suits and hats, not in their calm, purposeful demeanor, not in their slow, unexcited approach. What the three White House policemen and one Secret Service agent cannot guess is that under each man's coat is a 9mm automatic pistol and in each head, a dream of assassin's glory.

At point-blank range, Collazo and then Torresola draw and fire and move toward the president of the United States.

Hunter and Bainbridge tell the story of that November day with narrative power and careful attention to detail. They are the first to report on the inner workings of this conspiracy; they examine the forces that led the perpetrators to conceive the plot. The authors also tell the story of the men themselves, from their youth and the worlds in which they grew up to the women they loved and who loved them to the moment the gunfire erupted. Their telling commemorates heroism—the quiet commitment to duty that in some moments of crisis sees some people through an ordeal, even at the expense of their lives.

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معاينة المستخدمين  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

As the authors point out, very few people know that there was a serious assassination attempt against Harry Truman on November 1, 1950, and those that do often confuse it with the Puerto Rican ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

AMERICAN GUNFIGHT: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman--and the Shoot-out That Stopped It

معاينة المستخدمين  - Kirkus

Journalists Hunter and Bainbridge reconstruct an attempt on Harry Truman's life, an event that "was of course gigantic news—for about a week."The principal actors in the November 1950 attempt were ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله


28 Oscar Goes Down
29 The Second Assault
30 Pimienta
31 PointBlank
32 The Man Who Loved Guns
33 The Dark Visitors
34 Mortal Danger
35 The Neighbor

8 Toad
9 The New Guy
10 The Buick Guy
11 The Guns
12 The Ceremony
13 Indian Summer
14 The Big Walk
15 Oscar
16 It Did Not Go Off
17 Pappy
18 The Next Ten Seconds
19 Resurrection Man
20 So Loud So Fast
21 Upstairs at Blair
22 Downstairs at Blair
23 Borinquen
24 Oscar Alone
25 The Ends Run
26 Good Hands
27 The Colossus Rhoads
36 American Gunfight
37 The Good Samaritan
38 The Policemens Wives
39 The Scene
40 Inside the Soccer Shoe
41 Who Shot Oscar?
42 The Roundup
43 Taps
44 Oscar on Trial
45 Deep Conspiracy
46 Cressie Does Her Duty
47 Oscar Speaks
48 R I
Source Notes
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الصفحة xi - ... the real thing, the sequence of motion and fact which made the emotion and which would be as valid in a year or in ten years or, with luck and if you stated it purely enough, always, was beyond me and I was working very hard to try to get it.
الصفحة 171 - This is not a war of devastation, but one to give all within the control of its military and naval forces the advantages and blessings of enlightened civilization.
الصفحة 7 - We can and we will prevent espionage, sabotage, or other actions endangering our national security. But we would betray our finest traditions if we attempted, as this bill would attempt, to curb the simple expression of opinion. This we should never do, no matter how distasteful the opinion may be to the vast majority of our people. The course proposed by this bill would delight the Communists, for it would make a mockery of the Bill of Rights and of our claims to stand for freedom in the world.
الصفحة 6 - Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!
الصفحة 167 - ... building. Everybody picked up the beat and it seemed a crazy, good idea. If everybody took turns beating on the radiators, everybody could keep warm from the exercise. We drank hot cocoa and talked about summertime. Momma talked about Puerto Rico and how great it was, and how she'd like to go back one day, and how it was warm all the time there and no matter how poor you were over there, you could always live on green bananas, bacalao, and rice and beans. "Dios mio, " she said, "I don't think...
الصفحة 102 - Medal with* one Gold Star, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal 'with three bronze stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, the Korean Service Medal.
الصفحة 11 - You know I have a valet, four ushers, five butlers, seven or eight secretaries, a dozen or so executive assistants, an assistant president — three of 'em in fact — and I can't open a door, get my hat, pull out my chair at the table, hang up my coat or do anything else for myself— even take a bath! I won't be worth a damn when I come out of here — if I ever do.
الصفحة 101 - Colonel Chambers (then Lieutenant Colonel) landed immediately after the initial assault waves of his battalion on D-day to find the momentum of the assault threatened by heavy casualties from withering Japanese artillery, mortar, rocket, machinegun, and rifle fire. Exposed to relentless hostile fire, he coolly reorganized his battle-weary men, inspiring them to heroic efforts by his own valor and leading them in an attack on the critical, impregnable high ground from which the enemy was pouring an...
الصفحة 7 - I return herewith, without my approval, HR 9490, the proposed "Internal Security Act of 1950." I am taking this action only after the most serious study and reflection and after consultation with the security and intelligence agencies of the Government. The Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Department of State have all advised me that the bill would seriously damage the security and intelligence operations for which they are responsible.
الصفحة 41 - Dying and killing seem easy when they are part of a ritual, ceremonial, dramatic performance or game. There is need for some kind of make-believe in order to face death unflinchingly. To our real, naked selves there is not a thing on earth or in heaven worth dying for. It is only when we see ourselves as actors in a staged (and therefore unreal) performance that death loses its frightfulness and finality and becomes an act of make-believe and a theatrical gesture.

نبذة عن المؤلف (2005)

Stephen Hunter has written over twenty novels. The retired chief film critic for The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, he has also published two collections of film criticism and a nonfiction work, American Gunfight. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

John Bainbridge, Jr., is a freelance journalist. A former reporter for The Baltimore Sun and legal affairs editor for The Daily Record (Baltimore), he is also a lawyer and former Maryland assistant attorney general. He lives near Butler, Maryland.

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