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

By William Doyle, Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle—fallen hero and number 1 bestselling writer of yank Sniper—reveals how ten mythical weapons ceaselessly replaced U.S. history.

At the time of his tragic dying in February 2013, former army SEAL Chris Kyle, the head sniper in U.S. army heritage, was once completing the most intriguing missions of his lifestyles: a outstanding publication that retold American background throughout the lens of a hand-selected record of firearms. Kyle masterfully indicates how weapons have performed a desirable, necessary, and infrequently underappreciated position in our nationwide story.

"Perhaps greater than the other state within the world," Kyle writes, "the historical past of the us has been formed through the gun. Firearms secured the 1st Europeans' carry at the continent, opened the frontier, helped win our independence, settled the West, saved legislation and order, and defeated tyranny around the world."

Drawing on his unrivaled firearms wisdom and wrestle adventure, Kyle rigorously selected ten weapons to aid inform his tale: the yankee lengthy rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester rifle, Springfield 1903 rifle, Thompson sub-machine gun, 1911 pistol, M1 Garand, .38 detailed police revolver, and the M-16 rifle platform Kyle himself used as a SEAL. via them, he revisits exciting turning issues in American heritage, together with the only sniper shot that grew to become the tide of the progressive conflict, the firearms designs that proved decisive at Gettysburg, the "gun that received the West," and the guns that gave U.S. squaddies an side on this planet wars and past. this is often additionally the tale of the way firearms innovation, creativity, and business genius has regularly driven American history—and power—forward.

Filled with an unforgettable forged of characters, Chris Kyle's American Gun is a sweeping epic of bravery, experience, invention, and sacrifice.

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The Civil War has been given many names: the War Between the States, the War Against Northern Aggression, the Second American Revolution, the Lost Cause, the War of the Rebellion, the Brothers’ War, the Late Unpleasantness. Walt Whitman called it the War of Attempted Secession. Confederate General Joseph Johnston called it the War Against the States. By whatever name, it was unquestionably the most important event in the life of the nation. It saw the end of slavery and the downfall of a southern planter aristocracy.

By 1850, that figure had risen to more than a million tons. By 1860, the last year of peace, one of every seven Americans would belong to another. Four million men, women, and children were slaves. ” Having tied much of the South to slavery, Eli Whitney helped transform the North. He made no money from his cotton gin—the, device was pirated almost before he had finished designing it—but he went on to make a great fortune at his firearms factory outside New Haven, one of the first entrepreneurs to employ the system of interchangeable parts that revolutionized American manufacturing and would one day help make the North’s industrial might irresistible.

Twenty-four scholars, five editors, four researchers, innumerable librarians and archivists, and two helicopter pilots were among the scores of people who helped us prepare the series. It represents, we believe, the most comprehensive treatment of the Civil War ever committed to film. To us, as historical-film makers, it was the most challenging, arduous, compelling, and mysterious task imaginable, and as with all such tasks, it was enormously transforming. The historical documentarian’s vocation, whether in a film series or a book of this kind, is not precisely the same as the historian’s, although it shares many of the aims and much of the spirit of the latter.

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