Douglas R. Pratt
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 was really interested and excited to hear this story. I'm also pretty sure there was a lot of work done while the author did is due diligence to deliver the information. most of the book consists of stories however important they are in my opinion I feel it did not deliver what I was looking for. The book was good but not great. I would like to say that I do appreciate the effort all authors put in to the books.
Interesting story and that I certainly enjoyed. Unfortunately, the books value was diminished by having to listen to the authors attitudes/conclusions about guns in America. I just want unbiased information. I'll do my own thinking.
Author performed stellar research and told the story with gusto. For fans of Glock he defines the legacy with charm and guts. This business biography is fulfilled with a cast
of characters in Glock's inner circle of top executives. It takes place in an industry of guns - what's not to like. Albeit the sinful nature enveloping this world makes good on its promise to climax in scandal, but without a single knock against GLOCK for the most part. However, in the closing pages of his book author Paul Barret has opinions of his own about Glock's claim to fame. Right or wrong, he's not indifferent to Glock's success in America and I'm certain he sees the rise of America's Gun not necessarily a bad thing either, but without question Glock is here to stay.
Simple and reliable!
I found it to be a very informative book. Like any story, you can't please everyone. Worth the time in my opinion.
Best book I've listened to this year. A great read for those interested in firearms.
Gaston Glock will go down in history as one of the great firearm designers.
Every gun collector should have at least one Glock!