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.
I listened last year, saw Eastwood's adaptation, and listened again. He admits to having been a complicated, conflicted, mournful man. A true blue red blooded Texan, who loved his wife and kids (while not readily knowing how to relate to them once he returned home), who got drunk, got into bar fights, got sued by Jesse Ventura and who "enjoyed killing savages" as he said, because he believed every kill saved dozens of American brother & sister soldier lives. The movie avoids a great deal of self reflection in his auto-bio and I'm not sure why Eastwood left it out. Maybe to honor his surviving family, which would be noble as well. However it's an incomplete picture. To know the man before he knew his fate, listen to his book.
Isaacson scores again with this, his latest very insightful work. It reminds me of the now ancient PBS series "Connections" as Isaacson weaves multiple threads through many teams, individuals, government agencies, and corporations that ultimately braid, as if woven by the very punch-card controlled looms that inspired Babbage & Ada Loveless, to bring us the technological wonders (as well as offenses) of our planet spanning digitized information & collaboration community.
Anyone interested in how "the next big thing" will emerge, and how the vessel of technological innovation is properly helmed should read Isaacson.
As for me, I've just finished and I'm going back to chapter 1 to begin again. To get it, get this.
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