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American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms | [Chris Kyle, William Doyle]

American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms

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. He carefully chose ten guns to help tell his story, ranging from the American long rifle to the modern M-16, and uses these guns as a platform for exploring American history.
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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2013 Chris Kyle (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    jpferry 04-18-15
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    "How the gun shaped American history"

    As both a history nut, and a firearms nut, I absolutely loved this book. And would recommend it to all.

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    Brandon 03-31-15
    Brandon 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome."

    It was a good book to listen to. Remember it's his opinion but it's something everyone can learn from while listening.

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    Modesto Vasquez McAllen, Texas 03-22-15
    Modesto Vasquez McAllen, Texas 03-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good history blended with firearm mechanics"

    Enjoyed thoroughly. Always loved firearms and history, good combination of both through a well put together narrative; educational and fun.

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    Fuzz414 03-16-15
    Fuzz414 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining Journey through US History"

    I enjoyed the history and stories about great American firearms. Interesting look into a hero's mind and his thoughts pertaining to iconic guns.

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    thomas 03-14-15
    thomas 03-14-15 Member Since 2014

    I love reading and find audiobooks help me get more reading in each week than I ever would if I didn't use them. I also enjoy the dramatizations and voices some narrators use.

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    "Tremendous yarn!"

    I have read many books on guns and this was the most fun. I loved every min.
    CPT L US Army.

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    George Kalemanis 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An exceptional history lesson"

    This book covers history and how the gun not only shaped this county but the world and for the better. If it would not for the gun in a brave persons hand the world would be very different.

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    Aaron Cairo 02-04-15
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    "Great take on US"

    This is a great take on US history through the eyes of a true warrior and firearms expert. Thank you.

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    C. Sahlstrom Seattle, WA 02-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun History"

    This was brisk and really enjoyable. Excellent narrator and interesting selection of guns. Highly recommended for both history and firearms enthusiasts.

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    "Fantastic History Lesson!!"

    Great history lesson based on the guns of the times. I'll listen to this one again to make sure I got it all. Overall, FANTASTIC!

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    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 08-15-13
    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 08-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great history book for gun lovers"
    If you could sum up American Gun in three words, what would they be?

    easy read, historically accurate, patriotic


    If you’ve listened to books by Chris Kyle and William Doyle before, how does this one compare?

    this book is much better than American Sniper


    What three words best describe John Pruden’s voice?

    sharp, fitting and steady


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