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The gunning of America : business and the making of American gun culture

Author: Pamela Haag
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An acclaimed historian explodes the myth about the 'special relationship' between Americans and their guns, revealing that savvy 19th century businessmen--not gun lovers--created American gun culture"--
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pamela Haag
ISBN: 9780465048953 0465048951
OCLC Number: 921864221
Description: xxv, 496 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: "The art and mystery of a gunsmith" --
The American system --
The Crystal Palace --
"Scattering our guns" --
"More wonderful than practical" --
Model 1866 --
"Gun men" and the "Oriental lecturer" --
"Spirit guns" --
"The unhallowed trade" --
The "moral effect" of a Winchester --
Balancing the ledger --
Summer land --
The gun industry's visible hand --
Learning to love the gun --
Mystery house --
"Grotesque, yet magnificent" --
Overbuilding --
The soul of the "gun crank" --
King of Infinite Space --
The West that won the gun --
"Merchants of death" --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Pamela Haag.
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