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Norco '80: The True Story of the Most…
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Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in… (edição 2019)

por Peter Houlahan (Autor)

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An Amazon Best History and Best Nonfiction Book of 2019 So Far "Gripping. . . [R]eads like a crime novel in the best way possible. . .Norco '80 is a fascinating true-crime account that seems likely to be one of the best nonfiction books of the year." --NPR "[An] alarming account of a bank heist that rocked the country in 1980. . . For a first-time writer, Houlahan sure knows how to dramatize a scene. His cinematic treatment of the robbery itself reads like wildfire, the fatal shootout with the police ends in colorful chaos, and the huge manhunt through San Bernardino National Forest conducted by 'Hunt & Kill Teams' is a nail-biter." --The New York Times Book Review Norco '80 tells the story of how five heavily armed young men--led by an apocalyptic born-again Christian--attempted a bank robbery that turned into one of the most violent criminal events in U.S. history, forever changing the face of American law enforcement. Part action thriller and part courtroom drama,Norco '80 transports the reader back to the Southern California of the 1970s, an era of predatory evangelical gurus, doomsday predictions, megachurches, and soaring crime rates, with the threat of nuclear obliteration looming over it all. In this riveting true story, a group of landscapers transformed into a murderous gang of bank robbers armed to the teeth with military-grade weapons. Their desperate getaway turned the surrounding towns into war zones. When it was over, three were dead and close to twenty wounded; a police helicopter was forced down from the sky, and thirty-two police vehicles were destroyed by thousands of rounds of ammo. The resulting trial shook the community to the core, raising many issues that continue to plague society today: from the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder within law enforcement to religious extremism and the militarization of local police forces.… (mais)
Membro:LindsTee
Título:Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History
Autores:Peter Houlahan (Autor)
Informação:Counterpoint (2019), 408 pages
Colecções:Read and Own
Avaliação:****
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On May 9, 1980, what usually only happens in action-thriller movies came to life in Orange County, California. I don’t usually read true-crime, but Houlahan’s writing pulled me in. While reading this meticulous researched and documented account, I could almost smell the gun powder, hear the cacophony of gunfire making my ears ring and see the dust clear as the largest crime scene in American history came into view.
Documented here is how an attempted bank robbery and its subsequent trial would forever change a town, its people and law enforcement nation-wide. The crime and court case may have been an unbelievable catastrophe, but this book is pitch-perfect. ( )
  ShannonRose4 | Sep 15, 2020 |
On May 9, 1980, what usually only happens in action-thriller movies came to life in Orange County, California. I don’t usually read true-crime, but Houlahan’s writing pulled me in. While reading this meticulous researched and documented account, I could almost smell the gun powder, hear the cacophony of gunfire making my ears ring and see the dust clear as the largest crime scene in American history came into view.
Documented here is how an attempted bank robbery and its subsequent trial would forever change a town, its people and law enforcement nation-wide. The crime and court case may have been an unbelievable catastrophe, but this book is pitch-perfect. ( )
  ShannonRose4 | Sep 15, 2020 |
Great book! A bank robbery in 1980 by 5 young men turns into a loss of many lives and much destruction. Lots of detail on each of the main characters. ( )
  loraineo | Jun 25, 2020 |
Peter Houlahan should design rollercoasters because that is exactly what reading Norco ’80 felt like in the best way possible. The pacing of the story was at times a slow build and at others a fast-paced dive and barrel roll through the events of this insane bank robbery gone wrong. Now, I freely admit that I may be a little biased in my review because I grew up around the Norco area and am very familiar with the streets and local businesses (granted, I wasn’t alive in 1980, but so many of the same businesses are still there today—looking at you, Carl’s Jr.—that it almost feels like this could have happened in the last 10 years instead of 40 years ago), but even without a local’s knowledge of the area, Norco ’80 grabs the reader from the first page and doesn’t let go until the very end. That said, I wouldn’t recommend the audio version unless you are listening with a pen and paper as I just think that there are too many names and details to remember, but Houlahan does a fantastic job of recounting this little piece of history in an unbiased manner. I will never look at Hamner and Fourth St. the same. ( )
  LindsTee | Mar 9, 2020 |
There is a lot to digest from this book, and I found it amazing that this is the author’s first book; he’s an EMT by trade. This is an amazingly detailed account, first of the bank robbery, to the 40 mile long chase, and finally the trial.

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  mrmapcase | Dec 30, 2019 |
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An Amazon Best History and Best Nonfiction Book of 2019 So Far "Gripping. . . [R]eads like a crime novel in the best way possible. . .Norco '80 is a fascinating true-crime account that seems likely to be one of the best nonfiction books of the year." --NPR "[An] alarming account of a bank heist that rocked the country in 1980. . . For a first-time writer, Houlahan sure knows how to dramatize a scene. His cinematic treatment of the robbery itself reads like wildfire, the fatal shootout with the police ends in colorful chaos, and the huge manhunt through San Bernardino National Forest conducted by 'Hunt & Kill Teams' is a nail-biter." --The New York Times Book Review Norco '80 tells the story of how five heavily armed young men--led by an apocalyptic born-again Christian--attempted a bank robbery that turned into one of the most violent criminal events in U.S. history, forever changing the face of American law enforcement. Part action thriller and part courtroom drama,Norco '80 transports the reader back to the Southern California of the 1970s, an era of predatory evangelical gurus, doomsday predictions, megachurches, and soaring crime rates, with the threat of nuclear obliteration looming over it all. In this riveting true story, a group of landscapers transformed into a murderous gang of bank robbers armed to the teeth with military-grade weapons. Their desperate getaway turned the surrounding towns into war zones. When it was over, three were dead and close to twenty wounded; a police helicopter was forced down from the sky, and thirty-two police vehicles were destroyed by thousands of rounds of ammo. The resulting trial shook the community to the core, raising many issues that continue to plague society today: from the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder within law enforcement to religious extremism and the militarization of local police forces.

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