Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tommy: The Gun That Changed America by Karen Blumenthal - ADVISABLE

Blumenthal, Karen Tommy: The Gun That Changed America, 232 pgs. NON FICTION MacMillan (roaring Brook Press, 2015. $19.99. Language: PG (3 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (Shootings, not  graphic but described).  

Inventing a better weapon for war, one that is lightweight, fires quickly and can process a lot of ammunition without jamming, led John Thompson to develop a handheld machine gun. Finished too late for WWI, the US army wasn’t interested, but it quickly became popular with police and gangsters.  

This is a fascinating read.  The history of the gangsters, the FBI and Hollywood’s portrayal of this dangerous weapon are seamlessly woven together to make a complete story,  Historians, gun enthusiasts, war and gangster enthusiasts will all love this book.  

MS, HS - ADVISABLE  Lisa Librarian

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