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American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman - and the Shoot-out that Stopped It - Hunter, Stephen; Bainbridge, John
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Simon & Schuster, 2005 Near-new condition NO remainder marks or price clippings. Number line: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Illustrated with photos. Tight spine, clean pages. NO writing or tears inside book. 368 pages. On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, nearly assassinated President Harry Truman. If this historical fact surprises you, you're not alone. American Gunfight, a new account by suspense novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Stephen Hunter and journalist John Bainbridge Jr., examines this largely forgotten episode in meticulous detail, including the conspiracy surrounding it and the misconceptions associated with the would-be assassins. As the book makes clear, it's remarkable that these two men even came close to succeeding, given the disorganized nature of the plot. Intending to attack the president at the White House, they only learned in passing from a cab driver that it was being renovated and that Truman was in fact living at the nearby Blair House. When they made their assault on Blair House, they quickly lost their element of surprise when Collazo's gun misfired, leading to a 38-second shootout in front of the residence that left Torresola and one policeman dead. Meanwhile, Truman witnessed the action from an upstairs window. At his ensuing trial, Collazo was depicted as a crazed fanatic, but the authors argue that this simplified assessment unnecessarily dismisses a potential political conspiracy involving Puerto Rican nationalist leader Pedro Albizu Campos, who was believed by some to have masterminded the plot in an effort to bring attention to his cause. Hunter and Bainbridge provide in-depth portraits of Collazo and Torresola, as well as the Secret Service agent and three White House policemen who saved Truman's life. The descriptions of the remarkably light presidential security of the era reveal much about 1950s Washington, D.C., a time in which the president would take a daily walk around the neighborhood with just a bodyguard or two in tow. As a result of the attack, the Secret Service would forever change the way it guarded the president. This fast-paced book reads like a detective thriller, shifting quickly between various story lines and characters, including a second-by-second breakdown of the gunfight itself. The potboiler narrative may seem over the top at times, with its conjecture and imagined internal dialogue, but this comprehensive account succeeds in bringing this unlikely plot vividly to life. --Shawn Carkonen From Publishers Weekly On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, engaged in a sustained gun battle with Secret Service agents at Blair House. Their goal was to assassinate President Harry Truman. It's curious that the two men haven't found a place in popular memory like other presidential assailants. But this attempt deserves attention because it was explicitly political and because it permanently altered Secret Service practices. Hunter, esteemed for his film criticism and macho adventure novels, teams up with former Baltimore Sun journalist Bainbridge for this richly detailed account of the motives and destinies of virtually everyone connected to the skirmish. This is an ambitious attempt to achieve time-lapse history. The actual confrontation took less than a minute; rather than save it up for the end, the authors spread it across much of the book, interspersed with background material on the participants. The book reads like the product of a film lover/action novelist and a journalist rather than a work of history, with the shootout described in stream-of-consciousness, and melodramatic, cliff-hanging chapter endings. To the authors' credit, though, interpretations are presented as such, and their handling of the recorded events is not only convincing but compelling. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. . Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall., Simon & Schuster, 2005

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"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 isthat 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. American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman--And the Shoot-Out That Stopped It Hunter, Stephen / Bainbridge, John, Jr., Simon & Schuster

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[EAN: 9780743260688], Gebraucht, guter Zustand, [PU: Simon & Schuster (New York)], History|Historical Geography, History|United States|20th Century, Biography & Autobiography|Presidents & Heads of State, True Crime|General, True Crime|Murder|General, Jacket, Hardback. On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican Nationalists named Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola pulled German automatic pistols and attempted to storm Blair House, at 1651 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., where the president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, was at that moment - 2.20pm on an abnormally hot Wednesday - taking a nap in his underwear. They were opposed bya 3-man Secret Service detail and 4 White House Police officers. In the brief exchange - under 40 seconds - between 29 and 31 shots were fired in an area about 90' by 20', though the exchange broke into two actions at either end of the property, where the ranges were much shorter. When it was over one man was dead, another was dying, and two more were seriously injured. The story was of course gigantic news - for about a week. What's remarkable about it is not how big a story it was but how quickly it went away. Today, few Americans even remember it. If they do, it always encompasses the following points : The grievances Oscar and Griselio were expressing were fundamentally absurd: Puerto Rico had been given the gift of United States culture and political traditions and was rapidly becoming Americanised, as it should be; In Washington, the two gunmen further expressed their deep state of mental disorganisation by acting in strange ways; In the actual fight itself, the Secret Service and the White House policemen essentially brushed them aside; The two never came close to getting into Blair House. And even if they had, it would have made no difference as an agent with a tommy gun was waiting just inside the door. Harry Truman was never in any mortal danger. There is only one problem with assigning these meanings to the 38.5 desperate, violent seconds of November 1, 1950. Every single one of them is wrong. Illus., Epilogue, Source Notes, Bibliog. + Index. 368pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in F. dw.

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Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster, 2005. 368 Pages Indexed. Dark gray boards with black tape quarter-spine and silver letteriing. Black remainder mark on bottom page edges. No other marks or stamps to this tight book with a faultless interior. On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican Nationalists named Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola pulled German automatic pistols and attempted to storm Blair House, at 1651 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., where the president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, was at that moment-2:20 P.M. on an abnormally hot Wednesday-taking a nap in his underwear. They were opposed by a three-man Secret Service detail and four White House Police officers. In the brief exchange -- under forty seconds-between twenty-nine and thirty-one shots were fired in an area about ninety feet by twenty feet, though the exchange broke into two actions at either end of the property, where the ranges were much shorter. When it was over one man was dead, another was dying, and two more were seriously injured. The story was of course gigantic news-for about a week. What's remarkable about it is not how big a story it was but how quickly it went away. Today, few Americans even remember it. If they do, it always encompasses the following points: The grievances Oscar and Griselio were expressing were fundamentally absurd: Puerto Rico had been given the gift of United States culture and political traditions and was rapidly becoming Americanized, as it should be. In Washington, the two gunmen further expressed their deep state of mental disorganization by acting in strange ways. In the actual fight itself, the Secret Service and the White House policemen essentially brushed them aside. The two never came close to getting into Blair House. And even if they had, it would have made no difference as an agent with a tommy gun was waiting just inside the door. Harry Truman was never in any mortal danger. There is only one problem with assigning these meanings to the 38 desperate, violent seconds of November 1, 1950. Every single one of them is wrong. . First Printing. Hard Back. Near Fine/Very Good. 6 1/2" X 9 1/2". Remainder., Simon & Schuster, 2005

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[EAN: 9780743260688], Gebraucht, sehr guter Zustand, [PU: Simon & Schuster, New York], HARRY S TRUMAN 1884-1972 ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT 1950 OSCAR COLLAZO GRISELIO TORRESOLA NATIONALISTS PUERTO RICO BIOGRAPHY ASSASSINS BLAIR HOUSE WASHINGTON DC UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE OFFICIALS EMPLOYEES, History|Historical Geography, History|United States|20th Century, Biography & Autobiography|Presidents & Heads of State, True Crime|General, True Crime|Murder|General, Jacket, ix, 368pp, 8pp b/w photos, bibliography, index. Papered boards in dust-jacket. The author gives an account of 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. Size: 8vo

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American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman - and the Shoot-Out that Stopped It
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Hunter, Stephen, and Bainbridge, John, Jr.

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

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This electrifying book is the first full account of the historical day fanatical suicide-martyrs attempted to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola viewed themselves as soldiers participating in the violent campaign for an independent Puerto Rico.

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