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Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History

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Joe Barrett

13 Hours 26 Minutes

HighBridge Company

June 2019

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In the spirit of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Onion Field, Norco '80 is a gripping true crime account of one of the most violent bank heists in U.S. history.

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 listener 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.

A group of landscapers transforms 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 face 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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  • Anonymous

    I can't believe this book hasn't been made into a movie!? Very well written & narrated. All the names get a little confusing but stick with it & you'll be fine. To me this book chronicles how we, as a country, started down the road of militarizing our Police Dpts to combat the "new breed" of criminals.

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  • Anonymous

    Amazing book and narration. Living in the area depicted, every chapter cane alive.

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