American Gun

  • by Chris Kyle, William Doyle
  • Narrated by John Pruden
  • 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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History but not boring

I was completely taken by Chris Kyle’s first book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, so how could I resist? Now I know that history books are not normally my cup of tea, but I have to believe that Kyle can deliver again, especially because it is the telling of history through guns. Now I do not own a gun nor will I until the zombie apocalypse actually happens, and then I wont have to own them but I will possess them.

When I started listening to American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms I didn’t know that Chris Kyle was dead, shot and killed by a fellow veteran at a shooting range. I was immediately saddened by knowing this, but in a selfish way because I was sad that he will not be putting out any more interesting books. Let it be known that this is a history book, plain and simple, the great part of it is that Kyle made this sometimes dry subject interesting. Studying only areas of American history and retelling the incidents where a specific firearm was the turning point of the situation. Plus the added bonus of the history of the development of that firearm. If you are a history buff and want a brief and perhaps a different take on very pivotal moment of American history or maybe you are a gun lover and are interested in the history of specific firearms, you will really enjoy this book.

This is my second listen to John Pruden’s narration abilities, I was not disappointed. He has a very clean and crisp voice that lends itself well to creating different characters. Granted American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms is a history book but there was still a call for this talent. Pruden made me think that he was really into narrating this book and makes me want to go out and find others he has worked on.
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An Important Look at US History

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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- harry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio