American Gun

American Gun

By Chris Kyle & William Doyle

  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
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Description

Chris Kyle—fallen hero and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper—reveals how ten legendary guns forever changed U.S. history.

At the time of his tragic death in February 2013, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the top sniper in U.S. military history, was finishing one of the most exciting missions of his life: a remarkable book that retold American history through the lens of a hand-selected list of firearms. Kyle masterfully shows how guns have played a fascinating, indispensable, and often underappreciated role in our national story.

"Perhaps more than any other nation in the world," Kyle writes, "the history of the United States has been shaped by the gun. Firearms secured the first Europeans' hold on the continent, opened the frontier, helped win our independence, settled the West, kept law and order, and defeated tyranny across the world."

Drawing on his unmatched firearms knowledge and combat experience, Kyle carefully chose ten guns to help tell his story: the American long rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester rifle, Springfield 1903 rifle, Thompson sub-machine gun, 1911 pistol, M1 Garand, .38 Special police revolver, and the M-16 rifle platform Kyle himself used as a SEAL. Through them, he revisits thrilling turning points in American history, including the single sniper shot that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, the firearms designs that proved decisive at Gettysburg, the "gun that won the West," and the weapons that gave U.S. soldiers an edge in the world wars and beyond. This is also the story of how firearms innovation, creativity, and industrial genius has constantly pushed American history—and power—forward.

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

Reviews

  • Chris Kyle ( Good book. )

    5
    By Hdyyrdr
    I really enjoyed it. It's fascinating. ( it's spelt Chris not kris )
  • American Gun Will Be An American Classic

    5
    By RecycleDoug
    I thoroughly enjoyed the many short stories of the guns that have become legends in our past in their own right. For those of us that have but a casual knowledge on guns this book provided an interesting insight into the inventors of these tools. I would be remiss not to mention the untimely death of the author, Kris Kyle. May we all live a life of servant hood as Kris Kyle did.
  • Awesome Book!

    5
    By Cmoore189
    The insight on the guns and the history behind them is so fascinating I couldn't put this book down. I have known most of these guns for a majority of my life and was very happy to learn so much more.
  • Thank You

    5
    By Mgriff543
    Thank you for your service and sacrifice Tara. RIP Chris
  • Awesome Book

    5
    By Adanny8
    It's a must read. I very much enjoyed American Sniper, as well. This is a much different prospective of history, as we know it but also, the changing times of war and the guns that went along with.
  • American Gun

    5
    By JDCOP
    Yelsnit1 you should place a plastic bag over your head and breath deep.
  • IT'S THE LEAST I COULD DO…

    5
    By Icthythus
    I enjoyed Chris' last book, and I look forward to reading this one too. For a man and family that has sacrificed so much for US, it's the least we could do. I encourage you to do the same. "Service Over Self People!"
  • Chris Kyle

    5
    By Jblack582582
    Judging by his last book and how much I came to admire and look up to the late Chris Kyle an American hero after reading American Sniper, my speculation is this book will be incredible. It took me 5 days to finish his last book and can not wait for this one to be released. I will definitely be reading it.
  • RIP Chris

    5
    By bryce031
    Yelsnit, you're an asshat.
  • Huskymuskrat

    5
    By TubbyBottums
    Chris Kyle is an American Navy seal who was murdered last month in Texas after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan for much of the 2000s. He wrote the best-selling autobiography American sniper. After having read that book, And then hearing about his murder less than a week later, I will most certainly be buying this one the day it comes out. My rating for the book is purely guessing judging by how much I like American sniper, As I obviously have not read this book yet since it hasn't come out.

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