American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman--and the Shoot-out that Stopped It
American Gunfight is the 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, D.C., that saved the president's life.
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Hunter, the widely admired and bestselling novelist and author of such books as Havana, Hot Springs, and Dirty White Boys, 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 is a book about courage -- on both sides -- and about what politics and devotion to a cause can lead men to do, and about what actually happens, second by second, when a gunfight explodes.
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 German 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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Now only a few argued for the veto, but they held the floor, primarily on the efforts
of Senator Bill Langer, a Republican from AMERICAN GUNFIGHT 7.
Asked to surrender the floor, he said furiously, “I said I would not yield.” Like Mr.
Smith in Frank Capra's fabled movie, he alone would stem the tide. But if his spirit
was unbowed, the same cannot be said of his body. At that point, he “stopped ...
The inevitable end came swiftly enough. A few parliamentary maneuvers
mounted by the liberals were quickly defeated, and another speaker, Paul
Douglas, the progressive Democrat from Illinois, took the floor but eventually
He was one of the best men on the floor at this tricky task. As for Griselio, he had
nothing to occupy himself. He could not escape. There was no escape. He had
political duties. What now? There was nobody to turn to, no leader available, ...
... any of the thousands of tenements left in that part of the South Bronx: a four-
story building with architectural flourishes like bricked arches over each window,
a stoop, three windows per floor, part of a row of such units, with flat roofs. Once
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LibraryThing Reviewمعاينة 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 Itمعاينة 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
32 The Man Who Loved Guns
33 The Dark Visitors
34 Mortal Danger
35 The Neighbor
9 The New Guy
10 The Buick Guy
11 The Guns
12 The Ceremony
13 Indian Summer
14 The Big Walk
16 It Did Not Go Off
18 The Next Ten Seconds
19 Resurrection Man
20 So Loud So Fast
21 Upstairs at Blair
22 Downstairs at Blair
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
44 Oscar on Trial
45 Deep Conspiracy
46 Cressie Does Her Duty
47 Oscar Speaks
48 R I