In the Crosshairs: Famous Assassinations and Attempts from Julius Caesar to John Lennon

In the Crosshairs: Famous Assassinations and Attempts from Julius Caesar to John Lennon

by Stephen Spignesi

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Overview

Assassinations often change the course of history. Here is an intriguing look at dozens of notable assassinations and attempts throughout history, including complete details about the assassin, the victim, the circumstances of the attack, and the outcome. In the Crosshairs also features photos of many of the victims or would-be victims, and rare archival material, including excerpts from original police reports.

High-profile celebrities, political figures, religious leaders, and many others have fallen prey to assassins, and many have survived. In the Crosshairs is arranged in alphabetical order, by last name, and includes such details as:

On November 8, 1939, Adolf Hitler narrowly escaped an assassination attempt – 12 minutes after he left a room where he was making a speech, a bomb went off.
Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat would probably have survived the assassin’s bullet on October 6, 1981, if he hadn’t taken off his bulletproof vest – but he didn’t like the way it made his suit bulge.
Robert John Bardo, the murderer of young actress Rebecca Schaeffer, carried with him to the crime scene a copy of J. D, Sallinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, just like Mark David Chapman did when he murdered John Lennon nearly nine years earlier.
From notable murders (Abraham Lincoln, Gianni Versace, and Indira Gandhi) to little-known attempts (George W. Bush, Wild Bill Hickock, and Andy Warhol) here is a surprising, informative, and intriguing book that deserves to be on every history buff’s bookshelf.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510713017
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Stephen Spignesi is the author of more than 50 titles on the subject of history and pop culture, including The USA Book of Lists; George Washington’s Leadership Lessons; What’s Your Red, White, and Blue IQ?; and The Titanic For Dummies. He teaches English at the University of New Haven (Connecticut). The author resides in East Haven, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2016 Edition: Nothing's Gonna Change My World? xiii

Introduction: ITA Semper Pro Nobilis xvi

1 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands 1

2 Thomas Beckett 4

3 Alan Berg 8

4 George W. Bush 12

5 Julius Caesar 16

6 Jimmy Carter 20

7 Fidel Castro 23

8 Dick Cheney 27

9 Jacques Chirac 29

10 Winston Churchill 32

11 Claudius 35

12 Bill Clinton 38

13 John Connally 42

14 Bob Crane 47

15 Jefferson Davis 51

16 Charles De Gaulle 55

17 Thomas Dewey 59

18 Medgar Evers 63

19 Louis Farrakhan 67

20 Archduke Franz Ferdinand 70

21 Larry Flynt 74

22 Gerald Ford 78

23 Henry Clay Frick 82

24 Indira Gandhi 86

25 Mohandas Gandhi 90

26 James Garfield 94

27 Gabrielle Giffords 98

28 Gerraaine Greer 101

29 George Harrison 104

30 Phil Hartman 108

31 Wild Bill Hickok 112

32 Adolf Hitler 116

33 Herbert Hoover 121

34 Hubert Humphrey 124

35 Andrew Jackson 127

36 Jesse Jackson 131

37 Jesse James 134

38 Andrew Johnson 137

39 Vernon Jordan 141

40 Hamid Karzai 145

41 Edward "Ted" Kennedy 149

42 John E Kennedy 152

43 Robert E Kennedy 158

44 Martin Luther King, Jr. 162

45 Vladimir Lenin 166

46 John Lennon 170

47 Abraham Lincoln 176

48 Huey P. Long 181

49 Malcolm X 186

50 Jean-Paul Marat 190

51 Imelda Marcos 194

52 Christopher Marlowe 197

53 William McKinley 201

54 Harvey Milk 205

55 Sal Mineo 209

56 Lord Mountbatten 212

57 Hosni Mubarak 216

58 Haing S. Ngor 219

59 Richard Nixon 222

60 Lee Harvey Oswald 226

61 Pope John Paul II 230

62 Pope Paul VI 234

63 Yitzhak Rabin 237

64 Rasputin 241

65 Ronald Reagan 245

66 George Lincoln Rockwell 251

67 Franklin Delano Roosevelt 255

68 Theodore Roosevelt 259

69 Anwar el-Sadat 263

70 Theresa Saldana 267

71 Rebecca Schaeffer 271

72 Monica Seles 274

73 William Henry Seward 278

74 Alexander Solzhenitsyn 283

75 Margaret Thatcher 287

76 George Tiller 291

77 Leon Trotsky 293

78 Harry S Truman 298

79 Gianni Versace 302

80 George Wallace 306

81 Andy Warhol 310

Afterword: Death By Design 315

Appendix: Weapons of Choice 316

Notes 320

Selected Sources 333

About the Author 348

Index 350

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