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American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman and the Shootout That Stopped It | [Stephen Hunter, John Bainbridge]

American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman and the Shootout 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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.

©2005 Stephen Hunter and John Bainbridge; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It will captivate readers interested in the crime and the killers' motivations." (Booklist)
"Not only convincing but compelling." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 06-27-10
    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 06-27-10
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    "Fascinating Description"

    Interesting for lovers of detail; fascinating history of the relationship between Puerto Rico and the US. Well read. The title is somewhat misleading because the gunfight took less than one minute. The story was really about the many individuals involved and the political atmosphere.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Tucson, AZ, USA 04-15-06
    Derek Tucson, AZ, USA 04-15-06
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    "Worth the listen"

    This was a very long book about an event that took 38 seconds. Gives a good understanding of the Nationalist movement in Puerto Rico. The book can be a frustrating listen since it will go into hour long side stories about the participants in the shooting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Gordon New York, NY 01-25-06
    James Gordon New York, NY 01-25-06
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    "Spellbinding History"

    This book is a wonderful surprise. The author takes an episode from history (the attempt to assassinate President Harry S. Truman) and gives it up-to-date relevance and edge-of-your-seat suspense. I've never read a book that takes 10 seconds of an event and turns it into an entire chapter. "American Gunfight" shows just how little we've progressed in the past 55 years. It's a must read that makes for sober wonderment at man's ability to frustrate the best in himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 12-10-06
    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 12-10-06
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    "an american gunfight"

    This is absolutely the most tedious thing I ever tried to listen to. I had listened to another Stephen Hunter book, so I tried this. Could NOT finish it.

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    A Lady from Missouri Missouri 10-02-11
    A Lady from Missouri Missouri 10-02-11

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    "WAAAAAAY TOO MUCH DETAIL...ACK!"

    VERY VERY hard to listen to the whole thing....Way too much detail! I'm from Independence Missouri, hometown of Harry Truman and I could barely get through it....sorry!

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    Sandra Philomath, OR, United States 01-12-06
    Sandra Philomath, OR, United States 01-12-06 Member Since 2002

    I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites

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    "tedious"

    Like listening to grass grow. Very ponderous-how many times can you hear about how policemen tie their ties. It stretches 15 minutes of fame into 15 hours.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Zalewski 01-18-06
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    "Scattered"

    An excellent topic that is not treated well. I believe that the author just likes to see his words (as many as possible)in print. Ambles constantly which made it very difficult to follow. I found that it could not hold my attention.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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