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Publisher's Summary

Cody Wilson, a self-described crypto-anarchist and rogue thinker, combines the controversial yet thrilling story of the production of the first ever 3-D printable gun with a startling philosophical manifesto that gets to the heart of the 21st-century debate over the freedom of information and ideas.

Reminiscent of the classic Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman, Cody Wilson has written a unique, critical, and philosophical guide through the digital revolution. Deflecting interference from the State Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the story of Defense Distributed - where Wilson's employees work against all odds to defend liberty and the right to access arms through the production of 3-D printed firearms - takes us across continents, into dusty warehouses and high-rise condominiums, through television studios, to the Texas desert, and beyond.

Harkening to both Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The Anarchist Cookbook, Come and Take It follows a group of digital radicals as they navigate political subterfuge to create a technological miracle against all odds. Combining elements of a modern-day thriller with a fascinating philosophical treatise, Wilson paints a scathing and timely portrait of an ideologically polarized America and his own struggle in the fight for liberty.

©2016 Cody Wilson. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Absolute waste

I was super exited to listen to this book. I am a fan of the author and his work, and I was really looking forward to the content of the book.

If I had to break down the contents of this book I would do so as follows:

80% worthless, pointless descriptions of events, places and things that had nothing to do with anything.

15% a summary and explanation of events you probably already know about and could easily learn by watching online interviews of him

5% actually interesting new stuff you didn't know about or was interesting

Very disappointed. Cody should have listened to his publisher and done a manifesto instead. As this currently stands I won't read it ever again or recommend it.

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great book and philosophical for a gun book.

it was a great story of how the liberator was made. Cody does a great job explaining why he made the gun and the importance of it's continued research and proliferation. It is a good step to the nullification of gun control laws.

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Great.

Great book. I like the message and the journey. Not all Heros wear capes. Liberty finds a way.

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Thoughtful

Was better story telling than I had hoped for and I suspect at some point in the future this is going to be an important first person account of technology and freedom

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A must listen for those who love freedom

I always thought technology was the tool of an oppressive government. Cody Wilson is indeed a,patriot.

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Great Book for all Libertarians and forearm enthusiasts.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." ---Thomas Jefferson, 1816. MΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ!

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Cody Wilson is a genius

This book was not what I thought it was going to be but I was pleasantly surprised.

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A good synopsis of the story

if you've been following Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed in the news this is just the whole story to present. Those who've watched interviews and documentaries know about 70% of the story and this fills in some gaps. I was a little irritated by all the redaction at the end with no explanation.

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A random soup of words with moments of brilliance-

What disappointed you about Come and Take It?

I think this is the first time I've read a book where the following was true; you can take any paragraph out of this book and put it anywhere else within this book and it won't change the storyline. This book is a random compendium of insights, but without a plot it's incredibly difficult to follow. Characters pop in and out, descriptions are half explained & the storyline kind of wheezes along.. Is the story about Defense Distributed, a company that doesn't really manufacture anything, trying to disseminate 3D firearms files- they fail quite a bit and end up copying an existing polymer magazine. It's the self aggrandizing story of Cody's bumbling through manufacturing, raising money, R&D and ultimately sponging from some BitCoin guys.. I have a feeling that somebody else should have written this book, perhaps there is a good story beneath all these random insights, but Mr. Wilson can't document it. I think he had a journal with lots of small entries and tried to make a book of them; unfortunately the book reads like a journal of small entries.

Would you ever listen to anything by Cody Wilson again?

I think in a few years, Mr. Wilson will review this book and regret the hyperbole.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kirby Heyborne’s performances?

For the first couple of chapters, I actually thought that it was a computer reading the book, like a male Siri... I can't believe that was a human reading..

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The best redeeming quality about this book is audible's refund policy!

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lol gun control.

it's a new paradigm and the authoritarians don't get it. isn't it interesting the world hasn't ended?