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At his ensuing trial, Collazo was depicted as a crazed fanatic, but the authors argue that this simplified assessment unnecessarily dismisses a potential political conspiracy involving Puerto Rican nationalist leader Pedro Albizu Campos, who was believed by some to have masterminded the plot in an effort to bring attention to his cause. Hunter and Bainbridge provide in-depth portraits of Collazo and Torresola, as well as the Secret Service agent and three White House policemen who saved Truman's life. The descriptions of the remarkably light presidential security of the era reveal much about 1950s Washington, D.C., a time in which the president would take a daily walk around the neighborhood with just a bodyguard or two in tow. As a result of the attack, the Secret Service would forever change the way it guarded the president. This fast-paced book reads like a detective thriller, shifting quickly between various story lines and characters, including a second-by-second breakdown of the gunfight itself. The potboiler narrative may seem over the top at times, with its conjecture and imagined internal dialogue, but this comprehensive account succeeds in bringing this unlikely plot vividly to life. --Shawn Carkonen
Interesting and detailed coverage of the attempt on Truman's life.Published 27 days ago by Robert Brown
Simply outstanding writing about a subject that I was not aware of. Great info throughout. Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by Gunslinger
Steven Hunter is one of my all time favorites. He hit's the nail on the head with this one,Published 3 months ago by Douglas Carlson
A really good account of a forgotten piece of American history. Great for students of political science, those interested in political science, or those interested in the gun... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SPEMack
This feedback refers to the hardbound version. No doubt about it, this book offers incredible insight on an obscure event in American and Puerto Rican history. Read morePublished 8 months ago by RDL