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Mr. Gatling's terrible marvel : the gun that changed everything and the misunderstood genius who invented it

Auteur: Julia Keller
Uitgever: New York : Viking, [2008] ©2008
Editie/Formaat:   Boek : Biografie : EngelsAlle edities en materiaalsoorten bekijken.
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Although little used during the American Civil War--the time in which it was invented--the Gatling gun soon changed the nature of warfare and the course of history. Discharging 200 shots per minute with alarming accuracy, the world's first machine gun became vitally important to protecting and expanding America's overseas interests. Its inventor, Richard Gatling, was famous in his own time for creating and improving  Meer lezen...
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Genre/Vorm: Biography
Genoemd persoon: Richard Jordan Gatling; James Henry Gatling; Richard Jordan Gatling; James Henry Gatling; Richard Jordan Gatling
Genre: Biografie, Internetbron
Soort document: Boek, Internetbron
Alle auteurs / medewerkers: Julia Keller
ISBN: 9780670018949 0670018945 9780143115649 0143115642
OCLC-nummer: 173640966
Beschrijving: 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Inhoud: Cold beauty --
A world of mornings --
Land of the second chance --
"Drunkards, dandies & loafers" --
The spaces between the bullets --
"A little Gatling music" --
"The world's great storm" --
Warriors and sages.
Andere titels: Gun that changed everything and the misunderstood genius who invented it
Verantwoordelijkheid: Julia Keller.
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Although little used during the American Civil War--the time in which it was invented--the Gatling gun soon changed the nature of warfare and the course of history. Discharging 200 shots per minute with alarming accuracy, the world's first machine gun became vitally important to protecting and expanding America's overseas interests. Its inventor, Richard Gatling, was famous in his own time for creating and improving many industrial designs, from bicycles and steamship propellers to flush toilets. Gatling actually proposed his gun as a way of saving lives, thinking it would decrease the size of armies. Cultural critic Julia Keller's account of the invention, its misunderstood creator, and its tremendous impact on world events also shows how its combination of ingenuity, idealism, and destructive power, perfectly exemplified the paradox of America's rise as a world superpower.--From publisher description.

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