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

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skiracer4life More than 1 year ago
American Gunfight is an amazing story of a part of history slipped from the minds of Americans. The story features the attempted assassination on President Harry Truman November 1, 1950. Two Puerto Rican Nationalists stalk the president in his temporary home across the street from the White House while it was being remodeled when even days before it the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico is discovered to be planning an attack on American outposts in Puerto Rico. Two desperate yet practical men try to strike a blow at the heart of what they see as a great oppressor, led by the words of Albizo Campos they lay Blair House under siege fro a grueling 38.5 seconds of testosterone and precision shooting. American Gunfight analyzes not only the event itself, but events leading up to it and the people involved, their lives, intentions, and reasons. The overall story does seem a bit cynical but an open mind must be kept, and the authors do a wonderful job of showing both sides of the story and including history that has determined American policies of the era. The novelist style of Hunter and the technical knowledge of he and Bainbridge make this a wonderful, easy to understand story that doesn't stray from facts and still builds towards an exciting shootout between two Puerto Ricans and the United States Secret Service. The story is broken up however, it goes chapter to chapter through different people's lives, and it can break up the climax of the action; the reader also needs to understand a bit about munitions, it enhances the story to have prior knowledge to German WWII arms and to the world of competitive shooting in the 1950's. If you like the style of this tale I suggest the novels written by Stephen Hunter in the Bob Lee Swagger Series, which includes Point Of Impact- the movie Shooter was based off this, and Earl Swagger Series. If you are squeamish or faint-of-heart none of these books are for you, not even American Gunfight. This is a read for the person, who likes history, a bit of action, and a bit of science /tactical knowledge; because not only does it talk about the event, but the tactics of the 1950 attack of Puerto Rican nationalists on American bases and the strategy behind both attacks. Overall it is the story of "good" conquering "evil", if you are American, if you are Puerto Rican it is a story of the powerful governments imperialism of a small nation that only wanted freedom.
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It is in the details. I was in my teens when this happened and while I recall the assault on congress around that time, I do not recall any published reports on this event. The historical perspective and details are absolutely amazing. The writer had access to a lot of background and I can understand the actions of all involved. Frustration is a key motivator in most revolutionary activities. This was well explained by the writers. I admit... I am a fan of Mr. Hunter. and his stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not finished yet. Great read so far. It's a Hunter, they don't get to much better.
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anuyorican More than 1 year ago
This book is so well documented it cannot be undisputed. The author has presented many facts not known by many ( not including serious students of Puerto Ricans History ). Do you know how long this battle lasted? The author will tell you AND he will prove it. Do you know the players involved? How they planned this deed? Whose idea was it to commit this crime? Why would anyone in there right mind commit such a crime? How many participated in this crime? Who did not and why not? How does this event relate to present day Puerto Rico? Why is this book necessary now? It was written in 2007. The event took place 58 years ago. Who cares about these facts now. Don't let this book pass you by and ask Geraldo Rivera if he knows anything about these events? If he does, you should know too. This event relates to the Civil Rights era of the 1960's. The Yound Lords knew about these events. If you were around at that time, this book you must read. Enjoy.