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.
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- Marco Otero
A random soup of words with moments of brilliance-
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.
I think in a few years, Mr. Wilson will review this book and regret the hyperbole.
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..
The best redeeming quality about this book is audible's refund policy!
- M. C. Horn