American Gun

American Gun

A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms

eBook - 2013
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"Chris Kyle--fallen hero and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper--reveals how ten legendary guns forever changed U.S. history. At the time of his tragic death in February 2013, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the top sniper in U.S. military history, was finishing one of the most exciting missions of his life: a remarkable book that retold American history through the lens of a hand-selected list of firearms. Kyle masterfully shows how guns have played a fascinating, indispensable, and often underappreciated role in our national story. "Perhaps more than any other nation in the world," Kyle writes, "the history of the United States has been shaped by the gun. Firearms secured the first Europeans' hold on the continent, opened the frontier, helped win our independence, settled the West, kept law and order, and defeated tyranny across the world." Drawing on his unmatched firearms knowledge and combat experience, Kyle carefully chose ten guns to help tell his story: the American long rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester rifle, Springfield 1903 rifle, Thompson sub-machine gun, 1911 pistol, M1 Garand, .38 Special police revolver, and the M-16 rifle platform Kyle himself used as a SEAL. Through them, he revisits thrilling turning points in American history, including the single sniper shot that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, the firearms designs that proved decisive at Gettysburg, the "gun that won the West," and the weapons that gave U.S. soldiers an edge in the world wars and beyond. This is also the story of how firearms innovation, creativity, and industrial genius has constantly pushed American history--and power--forward. Filled with an unforgettable cast of characters, Chris Kyle's American Gun is a sweeping epic of bravery, adventure, invention, and sacrifice." --Description based on print version record.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062242730
0062242733
9780062242716
0062242717
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 302 p.) : ill.
Subjects: United States -- History, Military.
Firearms.
Electronic books.
Additional Contributors: Doyle, William

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JHCL
Aug 05, 2017

I was underwhelmed. Author been drinking a bit too much american patriotic cool-aid (pretty one-sidedly pro gun) . Also not very well written. Was ghosted, i can only shudder at what it was before editing. *ut all in all worth a read if only to understand what is going on inside the mind of our good friends in the USA - and if you are interested in technology and innovation.* The irony is that the the gun espousing author was killed in peace time America by a crazy with a gun before the book was finished.

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Nora1000
Jul 11, 2017

Pretty good easy to read book for those not already versed in firearms lore. It's written with a narrative style that might have been appropriate for older boys in decades past. But do teenage boys read books any more?.
This book is mainly an opinion, and laced pretty heavily with patriotic zeal. It's still a decent read on the subject.

LRS1969 Feb 15, 2015

Strictly a "personal opinion" type book, unfortunately blunted by quite a bit of misinformation!

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