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Tommy Gun: How General Thompson's Submachine Gun Wrote History

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The Trench Broom. The Annihilator. The Persuader. The Chopper. The Chicago Typewriter. The Tommy Gun.
The Thompson submachine gun has gone by many names, and for nearly a century the gun’s image has been indelibly marked on the popular consciousness. In this broad-reaching cultural and military history, Bill Yenne charts the tommy gun's unpredictable and one-of-a-kind care
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Jun 28, 2010 rated it liked it

The author describes not merely the means of blood-letting, that is the design and manufacture of this weapon, and instances of killing with this fire arm (Capone, various bank robbers, and the Second World War), but also the culture of blood-letting with Tommy guns - movies and TV. John Thompson was a retired army officer, with extensive experience in ordnance issues, who in about 1914 came up with the idea for roughly rifle sized weapon with automatic fire. From his army ordnance background h

Aug 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gun-books
A dearth of technical details, very few detailed drawings or photographs. No significant discussion of operation, no illustrations or technical discussion of differences of various models. Author shows a fundamental lack of understanding of firearms operations (e.g., the BAR is consistently referred to as a simple blow-back, etc.). Little to no distinction between various combat rounds (e.g., the .45 ACP is "better" than the .30-'06 because it's "bigger") or types of combat arms (e.g., the assau ...more
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-history
Nice history of this iconic weapon. Should be read with A. Rose: "American Rifle."
Ed Malewitz
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot in this detailed history. I'm going to have to buy one.
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Bill Yenne is the author of several novels and over three dozen books on historical topics. He has also been a contributor to encyclopedias of both world wars.

The New Yorker wrote of Sitting Bull, his biography of the great Lakota leader, that it "excels as a study in leadership." This book was named to the number 14 spot among Amazon's 100 Best Books of the Year.

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