THE GUN THAT MADE THE TWENTIES ROAR by William J. Helmer

THE GUN THAT MADE THE TWENTIES ROAR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

. . . was the Tommy, now obsolete, leaving it's impact in old movie reruns and not between the pages of this book. Which started out as a thesis connecting the gun to the rise of the gangster. And the winning of WWII. Obvious conclusions filled out with a lengthy history of its development--the brain child of General John T. Thompson who had some time convincing the Armed Forces of its use as a ""trench broom"" and who died regretting the notorious attachment of the gun to the underground. One interesting section deals with its role in the postwar labor strikes and the Irish rebellion. The rest traces the careers of well known hoodlums from Capone to Machine Gun Kelly. It even includes Bonnie's Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 1969
Publisher: Macmillan