The Gun That Changed America

Book - 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: 9781626720848
Characteristics: 232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number: Y 683.422 BLU


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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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