Deadly Force

Deadly Force

Firearms & American Law Enforcement, from the Wild West to the Streets of Today

General Military
  • Author: Chris McNab
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 10 Sep 2009
  • ISBN: 9781846033766
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 312
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About this Product

From the gunslinger duels of the dusty Old West to the fire-fights on the Los Angeles freeway, the story of the lawman and the outlaw has been written in blood across the pages of American history. In this book, expert author Chris McNab draws together these violent and chaotic tales to form a coherent history of the ongoing struggle between law-enforcement and America¹s heavily armed criminal underworld. Using eye-witness accounts and backed with numerous photographs, he delves into the country¹s folk-history, examining famous events such as the Gunfight at the O.K. Coral and the disaster at Waco, Texas, and explaining how desperate outlaws like Jesse James, Billy the Kid, and Bonnie and Clyde became household names. With each bloody clash and bullet-riddled corpse, he adds another piece to the puzzle to explain how the violence of the past has created the America of today.

Biographical Note

Chris McNab is an author and editor. To date he has published over 25 books, including Twentieth-Century Small Arms (2001), Gunfighters The outlaws and their weapons (2005, contributing editor), The Personal Security Handbook (2003), The Encyclopedia of Combat Techniques (2002) and The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War (2000), and is the co-author of the forthcoming Osprey publication Tools of Violence (2008). He has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, including African-American Biographies (2006), USA 1950s (2006) and Reformation, Exploration and Empire (2005), and has contributed to The Times on the war in Iraq.

Contents

- FOREWORD- INTRODUCTION
- CHAPTER 1: WESTERN JUSTICE, 1865-1918
- CHAPTER 2: BLOOD AND WHISKEY, 1918-45
- CHAPTER 3: PROSPERITY AND PSYCHOPATHS, 1945-80
- CHAPTER 4: TURF AND DRUGS, 1980-2000
- CHAPTER 5: NEW WORLD ORDER
- CHAPTER 6: REALITIES
- APPENDICES
- INDEX


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