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

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

by Stephen Hunter, John Bainbridge
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Those who have critizised this book are usually missing one point: this is not a work of history in the traditional sense, it is an example of New Journalism. Those who don't know this movement would do well to research on it now. It is a mixture of journalism with the tools formerly reserved for literary works, especially fiction. Two examples of the genre are In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote and The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe. I have not met Mr. Hunter, but having met Mr. Bainbridge and talked with him at length about this work, I know firsthand the troubles he went thru in trying to represent fairly the viewpoints of the Puerto Rican Nationalist movement. He is as honest and fair a researcher as he is a writer and a person.
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Booksforever More than 1 year ago
Like most people, I'd heard about the assassination attempt on Harry Truman. Also like most people, most of what I'd heard was wrong. This book brings to light many facts about this event that were mostly unknown or unpublished in past versions of the story. It is extremely well researched and very well written. But, to me, the author almost wants the reader to agree with the motives of and justify the actions of the two assassins because of their upbringing and strong nationalism. In some ways, this could be compared to saying the Nazis were justified in some of their actions because of their strong nationalism. In light of today's terrorism & omnipresent violence, no single person or group can ever be justified in using violence to make a point. Even if violence is an everyday thing in some cultures, it's never the right thing to do. It may be true that actions speak louder than words, but I don't think any civilized person would agree that unmanaged violence is ever a good way to correct problems. In this book, I understand the author wishes to be unbiased, and he is. He remains mostly neutral in telling the story, but I still came away feeling as though I should feel sorry for the "bad guys". In truth, I did feel somewhat sorry for them, but not because they failed. I feel sorry that they wasted their lives in a tragic way.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book I was excited to find what appeared to be a well written report on a part of American history that has been essentially ignored. However, it did not take me very long to decide that the authors should go back to writing novels and such. Most historical facts contained in this book are literally BURIED underneath hyperbole, cliches and rhetoric. The tedious minutia like, '... the P-38 magazine emptied 1/13th at a time...' Detracted even more from what appeared to be a feeble attempt at scholarly research. I regret that I bought this book and encourage anyone with an interest in the attempted assassination of Harry Truman to check this book out of the library and not waste their money on it.