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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING FOLLOW-UP TO AMERICAN SNIPER
Join Chris Kyle on a fascinating journey to discover “how 10 firearms changed United States history” (New York Times Book Review)
Drawing on his legendary firearms knowledge and combat experience, U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper Chris Kyle dramatically chronicles the story of America—from the Revolution to the present—through the lens of ten iconic guns and the remarkable heroes who used them to shape history: the American long rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester 1873 rifle, Springfield M1903 rifle, M1911 pistol, Thompson submachine gun, M1 Garand, .38 Special police revolver, and the M16 rifle platform Kyle himself used. American Gun is a sweeping epic of bravery, adventure, invention, and sacrifice.
Featuring a foreword and afterword by Chris's wife, Taya Kyle, and illustrated with more than 100 photographs, this new paperback edition features a bonus chapter, “The Eleventh Gun,” on shotguns, derringers, and the Browning M2 machine gun.
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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 the 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.
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About the Author
SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle (1974–2013) was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, and numerous other citations. Following four combat tours in Iraq, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare sniper teams. He is the author of American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms. A native Texan, Kyle is survived by his wife, Taya, and their two children.
William Doyle has written or cowritten seven books, including PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy and American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms (with “American Sniper” Chris Kyle). He served as director of original programming for HBO and was coproducer of the PBS special Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story. He lives with his family in New York City.
- Publisher : HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (June 3, 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0062333275
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062333278
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.9 x 5.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,258,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The ten firearms on the list, in chronological order of impact on U.S. history, are: the American (Kentucky) Long Rifle, the Spencer Repeater, the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, the Winchester 1873 Rifle, the M1903 Springfield, the M1911 Pistol, the Thompson Submachine Gun, the M1 Garand, the .38 Special Police Revolver, and the M16.
Chris comes across as a good ol' boy from Texas discussing each of the guns over a pitcher of beer at the local watering hole. It’s a relaxed narrative which includes, for each firearm, a brief summary of an historical firefight that displayed that particular weapon’s advantages in determining the outcome. So, for the Kentucky Long Rifle, it was the 1777 battle of the American Revolution at Saratoga. For the M1911 Pistol, it was Corporal Alvin York’s 1918 Medal of Honor performance in the Argonne Forest during World War I. For the M16, it was Lt. Colonel Hal Moore and his Seventh Cavalry battalion’s use of that weapon in the first ever combined-arms helicopter air assault, in this case the Army’s first confrontation with the North Vietnamese Army in Vietnam’s Ia Drang Valley (portrayed in the 2002 film WE WERE SOLDIERS).
On the other hand, the chapter about the M1903 Springfield begins with the charge up the San Juan Heights by Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War when the Americans suffered because they DIDN’T have the M1903 and their opponents DID have that weapon’s precursor, the Spanish Model 1893 Mauser rifle. The U.S. military’s subsequent improved capability with the M1903 was illustrated by the Marines' performance at Belleau Wood in WWI.
Kyle describes the development of each gun versus its (sometimes excellent) competitors and the evolution of each into improved variants. The book contains many black and white photos relevant to each firearm.
Chris was killed before the book went to publication and William Doyle and Jim DeFelice were enlisted to finish the manuscript. The point at which Kyle left off and Doyle-DeFelice took over isn’t overtly obvious except perhaps by the Epilogue, obviously written in a more formal tone, and by the chapter on the M16 which seemed (to me) abruptly cut-off short by not including a comparative discussion of the AK47.
AMERICAN GUN is a minor but engaging piece of literature about Americana that would likely not appeal to gun-control advocates. It competently accomplishes for the most part what Chris intended that it do, wandering only a little at times.
“Pick up a rifle, a pistol, a shotgun, and you’re handling a piece of American history. What you hold is not just a finely engineered instrument, but an object that connects you to people who fought for their freedom … and cornered criminals in the canyons of big cities across the country. Each gun has its own story to tell, its own connection not just to the past, but the American spirit.” – from AMERICAN GUN
I just finished reading this well-written and very informative book. As a retired police officer who was also a range instructor and defensive tactics instructor, I have always had an interest in weapons of all kinds, especially guns, knives and swords. This book was a pure joy to read because it is a part of American history very few people know about. The importance of guns and their place in American history has seldom, if ever been presented in a clear and objective way. This incredible book provides an interesting back drop on ten guns and their importance in the history of our country. They include the following:
The American long rifle, the Spencer Repeater, The Colt Single-Action Army revolver, the Winchester 1873 Rifle, the M1903 Springfield, the M1911 Pistol, the Thompson Submachine gun, the M1 Garand, the .38 Special Police Revolver (My own first gun when I began police work), and the M16 Rifle.
Besides having a passion for weapons, I also have an avid interest in history (American and World). One of the many things I love about this book is how it blends the facts about American history along with the many different guns which were an essential part of the total American experience.
This is a book that will be of interest to military people, police officers and anyone else who has a passion for guns and their history.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: PR-24 Police Baton Advanced Techniques)
As a history major and firearms enthusiast, one will find that if you ask any number of firearms enthusiasts which guns have played the greatest role in the formation of this country you'll get an equal number of different answers. Fortunately, Chris goes beyond this and while he chose ten firearms to tell history, he informs the reader about other firearms that led up to these ten and those firearms that grew out of the developments of these chosen firearms. He doesn't argue the point of why he chose these ten, but chooses instead to inform the reader of the roles played by them. As I read this book I repeatedly found information that I'd never heard of before, and being a history major I'd find myself wondering if he got it right, and researching what he said, only to find out that he was correct. This book is exceptionally well researched with a boatload of sources cited.
If you're a firearms enthusiast you'll love this book, if you're at all interested in history you'll love this book, and if you're both you'll absolutely love this book.
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Very well written and researched, could not put this down!
Kyle, the former SEAL sniper of American Sniper fame, is obviously a gun-nut but he's smart enough to acknowledge that guns are just tools.
He adds enough history and humour to make this book a fascinating read.
Each chapter is about a different weapon and time period, and the quirky tales make it very entertaining.