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American Gun: A History of the U.s. in 10 Firearms

American Gun: A History of the U.s. in 10 Firearms

Escrito por Chris Kyle y William Doyle

Narrado por John Pruden


American Gun: A History of the U.s. in 10 Firearms

Escrito por Chris Kyle y William Doyle

Narrado por John Pruden

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4.5/5 (28 valoraciones)
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6 horas
Editorial:
Publicado:
Jun 4, 2013
ISBN:
9780062242747
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

At the time of his tragic death in February 2013, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most accomplished sniper in U.S. military history, was finishing a remarkable book that retold American history through the lens of a hand-selected list of firearms. Kyle masterfully argues that guns have played a fascinating, indispensable, and often under-appreciated role in our national story. Kyle carefully chose ten guns to help tell his story, including the American long rifle, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester rifle, .38 police handgun, and the M-16 rifle platform Kyle himself used as a SEAL. This is also the story of how American innovation, creativity, and industrial genius has constantly pushed technology—and U.S. power—forward.

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Editorial:
Publicado:
Jun 4, 2013
ISBN:
9780062242747
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Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle (1974–2013) was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, and numerous other citations. Following four combat tours in Iraq, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare sniper teams. He is the author of American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms. A native Texan, Kyle is survived by his wife, Taya, and their two children.


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  • (4/5)
    Really a fantastic book. It's about a subject near and dear to my heart and the stories that Chris Kyle and William Doyle share throughout their book really make the guns they talk about and their history in United States come alive. Do I agree that their list is an absolutely definitive one? No, probably not. There were guns that greatly influenced and continue to influence our culture and that of gun people that weren't touched upon at all. The point is that the list they choose was a brilliant one. All 10 of the firearms in the list undeniably have had a huge impact and have some amazing stories to be told. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is confused as to why some folks are so into guns. The love and interest that Kyle showed in writing this book will help people understand a little bit more.
  • (4/5)
    Very easy read with gripping stories about gun history. Although I personally don't agree with the author's world views on gun use and other issues, the book is upfront about it and certainly not less enjoyable for it.
  • (3/5)
    Average book, written in casual tone. A review of some different guns throughout American history. Kinda annoying when the author gets all gun ra-ra but other than that is an interesting book when he discusses the mechanics and uses of various guns.
  • (5/5)
    A really very good look at American Hisotry through the lens of firearms and the people that wielded them. Exciting, engaging, informing and easy reading, this is history at its best, coupled with an easy going descriptive style, that never makes the subject boring or dry. This is biased, but the author has enough experience to make his biases worth listening too, and this is not necessarily an academic tome and all the better for it. Very good and highly recommended, even for the general reader.
  • (5/5)
    As a person who believes there is no such thing as a law-abiding citizen having too many guns, I once again surprised myself by absolutely loving this book. Chris's love and respect for firearms is evident on every page, as is his sense of humor. I was prepared for a dry boring book about guns, but what I found instead is an engaging book about people. And not "people" as in some vague group of "American people", but the back-stories of individuals who were a part of America's history. Who knew Lincoln was a hands-on guy who used a field near the White House as his personal gun-testing range, personally testing guns to be used by the military, and tinkering with helping to improve their design? I didn't. Even if you are not a gun enthusiast, I'd still recommend reading this book for the personal (yeah, I know--I'm probably over-using that word) approach to "America in 10 easy chapters". From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, to the taming of the Wild West, to the Gangster Era, to the attempted assassination of President Truman, to 23-year-old Silver Star recipient Leigh Ann Hester and everything in-between, this book puts real faces on our American history. Thank you, Chris and Taya Kyle--well done!
  • (3/5)
    Good book if you like US history and guns. Great to see the links between the conflicts of the US and the development of new weapons. Does anyone own all 10 of these guns?
  • (5/5)
    loved it.
  • (3/5)
    Some of the stories were interesting and even merited further perusal. However, the author was clearly no historian and he presented his "history" through the biased, patriotic lenses of "American badassery". I am fascinated with the topic and consider this book as a precursor to a primer of a historic work. Once I found a way to ignore the blatant biases, I could let this book be the spark to the idea that there is a vast history of guns out there. I only hope I can find an author who is truly up to the academic and literary challenge (unlike this author).