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American Gunfight The Plot to Kill President Truman - And the Shoot-Out That Stopped It

ISBN-10: 0743260694
ISBN-13: 9780743260695
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Description: November 1, 1950 -- an unseasonably hot afternoon in sleepy Washington, D.C. At 2:00 P.M. at his temporary residence in Blair House, President Harry Truman takes a nap. At 2:20 P.M., two Puerto Rican natives approach from different directions. Oscar  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 2/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

November 1, 1950 -- an unseasonably hot afternoon in sleepy Washington, D.C. At 2:00 P.M. at his temporary residence in Blair House, President Harry Truman takes a nap. At 2:20 P.M., two Puerto Rican natives approach 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 guarding the president 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.

Stephen Hunter was born on March 25, 1946, in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1968. He spent two years in the United States Army as a ceremonial soldier in Washington, D.C., and later wrote for a military paper, the Pentagon News. In 1971, he joined The Baltimore Sun as a copy editor and he became its film critic in 1982. He won the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award in the criticism category in 1998 and the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2003. He is the author of several books including The Master Sniper, The Second Saladin, Dirty White Boys, and Soft Target. He is also the author of the Bob Lee Swagger series and the Earl Swagger series. He has written non-fiction books including Violent Screen: A Critic's 13 Years on the Front Lines of Movie Mayhem, American Gunfight, and Now Playing at the Valencia.

John Bainbridge, Jr., is a freelance journalist. A former reporter for The Baltimore Sun and legal affairs editor for The Daily Record (Baltimore), he is also a lawyer and former Maryland assistant attorney general. He lives near Butler, Maryland.

Authors' Note
Introduction
A Drive Around Washington
Griselio Agonistes
Revolution
The Odd Couple
Mr. Gonzales and Mr. De Silva Go to Washington
Early Morning
Baby Starches the Shirts
Toad
The New Guy
The Buick Guy
The Guns
The Ceremony
Indian Summer
The Big Walk
Oscar
"It Did Not Go Off"
Pappy
The Next Ten Seconds
Resurrection Man
So Loud, So Fast
Upstairs at Blair
Downstairs at Blair
Borinquen
Oscar Alone
The End's Run
Good Hands
The Colossus Rhoads
Oscar Goes Down
The Second Assault
Pimienta
Point-Blank
The Man Who Loved Guns
The Dark Visitors
Mortal Danger
The Neighbor
American Gunfight
The Good Samaritan
The Policemen's Wives
The Scene
Inside the Soccer Shoe
Who Shot Oscar?
The Roundup
Taps
Oscar on Trial
Deep Conspiracy
Cressie Does Her Duty
Oscar Speaks
- R - I -
Epilogue: Destinies
Source Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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