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Machine Gun Kelly's Last Stand Hardcover – June 23, 2003
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"Hamilton's authoritative account of the 'Machine Gun' Kelly case offers a fascinating insight into the 'gangster era' of the early '30s and the operations of the FBI. His research is impeccable and his book a terrific read."
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It is a very informative account of the kidnapping and aftermath which kept me gripped until the end.
The book's ending was, for once, a surprise and I would recommend this title to readers who like True Crime to be based on facts and not the fiction.
In addition to being accurate and complete, it was also well-written and interesting to read. It's novel-like qualities included excellent character development and conclusions about each player that helped "close" the story. If you want to know the Machine Gun Kelly story, this is the book to read.
BTW: A few interesting facts were not included in the book, such as: 1)the Urschel kidnapping trials were the first in U.S. history to be recorded on moving camera; 2) the Kelly trials were the ONLY federal criminal trial EVER to have news cameras in the courtroom; and 3)Kelly's accomplices were the first criminal suspects ever transported by airplane.
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Interesting book on the kidnaping and trials in Oklahoma City connected with the Urschel kidnaping. I became acquainted with some of the people involved many years after the... Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by S. Muckala
The telling of "Machine Gun Kelly's Last Stand" is at once fast-paced, eerie and suspenseful. Stanley Hamilton's eccentric characters are plucked from the pages of history to... Read morePublished on April 21, 2006 by Billie McCalley
Stanley Hamilton's account of the Urschel kidnapping is very good in this book. He has some new information on George "Machine Gun" Kelly, which has not be published previously. Read morePublished on October 20, 2005 by M. Koch