American Gunfight

  • by Stephen Hunter, John Bainbridge
  • Narrated by John H. Mayer
  • 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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.
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- Feather

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.
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- Derek

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-28-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape