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
easy read, historically accurate, patriotic
this book is much better than American Sniper
sharp, fitting and steady
less street language which makes you wonder about the depth and seriousness of the research; more context about how it fits in US history and forming the American character
probably but not particularly high on the list; middle 5th of performers; Bryson, Herrmann are in the elite for me
Frustration about the language and the sense that it was a "gee whiz" sort of school report
I was a little afraid that this would focus too much on the gun and not enough on the history. It has a good blend of both. Gun evolution with good historical info describing the battles where the gun proved to be one of the deciding factors in the battle. With a little sniper bias :-)
America has such a rich history and there are many views of it but this is a unique one that I haven't heard before . The writer brings a rich knowledge of our history from this different but important viewpoint and the narrator does an excellent job shareing with us his excitement and a passion for this history.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I learned allot about America as well as the guns in our history. really great
I wasn't pleasantly surprised by the stories and history in this book. I was expecting a book simply about the guns, but the stories that went along with them were great and added a lot of character. It was also nice having him relate the guns to their predecessors to explain how they got to what they are. I will be recommending this to all my friends who enjoy history.
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