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I'm pretty sure that I've seen all or nearly all of the programs on TV channels like the History Channel that profile "Top Ten'" firearms, warplanes and the like.
Chis Kyle's American Gun takes this idea one important step further and carefully considers the impact the each of his "Top Ten" guns played at critical points in the development of the United States.
This book is methodically researched as is evident with Kyle's accurate and detailed description of the infamous OK Corral shootout. However, what makes American Gun special is the way in which Kyle humanizes the characters that surround the American Guns he speaks about.
By doing this Kyle elevates American Gun far beyond a simple "Top Ten" list and leads the listener through an informative look at the role firearms, their designers and users played in the History of the United States.
As with American Sniper, John Pruden's narration works perfectly.
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Chris Kyle was a Navy Seal and the greatest sniper in U.S. history. It is obvious he did a lot of research to write this story. It starts with the U.S. revolutionary war with the American Long rifle. I noted the explanation between the British musket and the rifle. Heard that lecture in Bernard Cornwall's Richard Sharpe series. Kyle proceeds explaining about the invention, improvements and goals of each new weapon, including the political problems with military procurement department. His discussion of the problems that President Lincoln had in attempting to get the Spencer rifle to the troops during the Civil War was interesting. He goes on to discuss the Colt .45 revolvers, Winchester rifle, .38 police handguns, the M-1 and the M16. Of course, he covered the guns that lead up to them and the problems that were corrected by the new gun. I particularly enjoy the stories of individual soldiers (men and women) who were hero's. Some of the stories I was familiar with i.e. Sargent York in WWI but many of the other their stories were new to me. Kyle also covered the police hero after the bad guys throughout American history from Machine gun Kelly to the Hollywood bank robbers that out gunned the police a few years ago. I found it a good idea to keep up about guns and other weapons as they keep popping up in various books I read. This way I know what they are talking about or if they give incorrect information. John Pruden did a good job narrating the book. If you are a history buff or a gun buff you will enjoy this book. I enjoyed the pre and post comments to the book by Kyle's wife, it added a nice personal touch to the book; more so considering that Kyle recently died.
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