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Deadly force : firearms and American law enforcement : from the Wild West to the streets of today

Author: Chris McNab
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Osprey Pub., 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Almost every movie of a police shootout includes the following depiction of violence: good guy shoots bad guy; bad guy instantly drops dead. But the reality is that when someone is hit by a bullet, or even several bullets, this rarely happens. What does happen when someone is shot? How effective is the use of hand guns? Why are so many shots fired at a shootout? Why don't officers shoot a gun out of an assailant's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Prevention
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris McNab
ISBN: 9781846033766 1846033764
OCLC Number: 416275304
Description: 312 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: War and order, 1865-1900 --
Blood and whisky, 1900-45 --
Protest and psychopaths, 1945-79 --
Turf and drugs, 1981-2001 --
New world order? --
Realities.
Responsibility: Chris McNab.

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Delves into America's folk-history, examining famous events such as the Gunfight at the OK Coral and the disaster at Waco, Texas, and explaining how desperate outlaws like Jesse James, Billy the Kid,  Read more...

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"The book is fascinating, a nicely paced mixture of events and analyses. It will have wide appeal, and is a reminder that policing can be very dangerous." - P.T. Smith, "Choice Magazine" (April 2010) Read more...

 
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