Tommy

Tommy

The Gun That Changed America

eBook - 2015
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John Taliaferro Thompson had a mission: to develop a lightweight, fast-firing weapon that would help Americans win on the battlefield. His Thompson submachine gun could deliver a hundred bullets in a matter of seconds--but didn't find a market in the U.S. military. Instead, the Tommy gun became the weapon of choice for a generation of bootleggers and bank-robbing outlaws, and became a deadly American icon. Following a bloody decade--and eighty years before the mass shootings of our own time--Congress moved to take this weapon off the streets, igniting a national debate about gun control. Critically-acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal tells the fascinating story of this famous and deadly weapon--of the lives it changed, the debate it sparked, and the unprecedented response it inspired.
Publisher: New York :, Roaring Brook Press,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626720855
1626720851
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Contents: Prologue. Locked and loaded
Conception
Trench broom
The annihilator
Ready, aim
Rebellion
The Chicago piano
Wild tigers
Valentines and violins
Attack and intimidation
The war on crime
Cops and robbers
Public enemies
Recoil
Reload
The end of an era
Epilogue.
Summary: John Taliaferro Thompson had a mission: to develop a lightweight, fast-firing weapon that would help Americans win on the battlefield. His Thompson submachine gun could deliver a hundred bullets in a matter of seconds--but didn't find a market in the U.S. military. Instead, the Tommy gun became the weapon of choice for a generation of bootleggers and bank-robbing outlaws, and became a deadly American icon. Following a bloody decade--and eighty years before the mass shootings of our own time--Congress moved to take this weapon off the streets, igniting a national debate about gun control. Critically-acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal tells the fascinating story of this famous and deadly weapon--of the lives it changed, the debate it sparked, and the unprecedented response it inspired.

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Chapel_Hill_MarkR Feb 13, 2016

For anyone with an interest in the bootleg era (or with 'enthusiams' for 'The Untouchables') this is a great introduction. It's a short read but this gun's fascinating history is has parallels to many of today's debates - the Tommy owes much of its popularity and notoriety to the media and even triggered Second Amendment debates. Filled with illustrations and pictures, this is one of my favorite non-fiction books of 2015.

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