I am in law enforcement and carry a Glock every day, both on and off duty. Listing to this book was very fun, exciting, informative and relevant. Well worth the time and I am glad I listened to the book.
Very good narrator as well. Easy to listen to.
Douglas R. Pratt is an author and audiobook narrator who lives on a nature preserve near Niagara Falls.
The author does a very good job of not taking sides. He doesn't portray gun enthusiasts as nuts, nor does he display anti-gunners as extremists. He is down on the NRA but I agree with some of his criticisms. He picks one of the most respected experts, Massad Ayoob, and spends a lot of time with him learning what self defense is all about. I do not agree with many of his suggestions or conclusions at the end of the book but they are not presented in a hostile or argumentative manner. All in all he has navigated a minefield skillfully. He clearly wanted to present as truthful a history of the Glock firearms as he could, and it would be impossible without putting it in the context of gun culture. A very, very difficult thing to pull off without sounding partisan. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to hear the facts, not just someone who agrees with their point of view.
The performance was businesslike and professional. The subject is such a potential minefield, it would be easy to detract from the character of the book, and Mr. VandenHeuvel does a very good job.
Remarkable from many aspects. I learned a lot. This is more about people than firearms, and that's what matters.
Would recommend and have recommended to any friend interested in pistol shooting and/or a Glock owner. Fascinating look into the unlikely success of the Austrian pistol manufacturer in the US.
Mr. Glock himself, as he apparently metamorphosed from an affable, trustworthy middle-income geek & factory manager (as well as unexpectantly brilliant first-time pistol designer) to an awkward, arrogant billionaire and foolishly prejudicial misogynist, losing control of his nouveau-riche hubris. The transformation as depicted in Barrett???s book is breathtakingly mind-boggling.
Well-spoken, authoritative and convincing voice. He gives the listener the impression he wrote the author???s prose himself lending extra credibility to Barrett???s words.
It invaded. It killed. It conquered. Glock: America's Gun.
It is a fairly comprehensive log about the rise of Glock.
The marketing strategies as well as the relationship of the well-being of the companie to governmental legislation.
I thought this was a good history of Glock, being previously ignorant of it (although quite familiar with firearms and pistols in general).
The only thing I didn't care for were the inclusion of political/policy issues that didn't really have much to do with Glock itself. There was some marginal connection to Glock, in places, but I felt that the author just wanted to include his opinion rather than it being a strong need for including that sort of thing to further the Glock story.
Overall I'd probably recommend the book to anyone interested in the history of Glock, or firearms in general, though if you're knowledgeable about firearms as well as the many childish attempts at gun control you might find yourself rolling your eyes a few times.
The author clearly perceived that he was not biased but even when he admitted that information was inconclusive, he then came down on the side of gun control. Despite a fascinating story, the book is ruined by the author's unabashed and unreasonable hatred for the NRA. This agenda is a huge distraction.
I bought this with the intention to learn more about a pistol I've come to love. What started out okay turned into a story about the dark side of corporate glock and biased views on gun control in America. I wanted to learn more about the pistol, and this book taught me very little.
This book will show what a true innovator and visionary Gaston Glock is, and how he's built one of the most recognizable brands of our time.
Whether you love guns or hate them this book will give you food for thought!