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The gun

Author: C J Chivers
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2011, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author, a New York Times reporter, traces the invention and mass distribution of the AK-47 assault rifle, and its effects on war. He traces the invention of the assault rifle, following the miniaturization of rapid-fire arms from the American Civil War, through World War I and Vietnam, to present-day Afghanistan, where Kalashnikovs and their knockoffs number as many as 100 million, one for every seventy persons  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C J Chivers
ISBN: 0743271734 9780743271738
OCLC Number: 973462995
Description: 481 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, facs. ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: Stalin's tools of war --
I. Origins. 1. The birth of machine guns --
2. Machine guns in action --
3. Hiram Maxim changes war --
4. Slaughter made industrial : the Great War --
II. Invention and distribution --
5. Stalin's contest : the invention of the AK-47 --
6. The breakout : the mass production, distribution, and early use of the AK-47 --
III. Aftermath : the consequences of the AK-47's global spread --
7. The accidental rifle --
8. Everyman's gun --
Epilogue : the twenty-first century's rifle --
A note about the M-16 series of rifles in 2010.
Responsibility: C.J. Chivers.

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The author, a New York Times reporter, traces the invention and mass distribution of the AK-47 assault rifle, and its effects on war. He traces the invention of the assault rifle, following the miniaturization of rapid-fire arms from the American Civil War, through World War I and Vietnam, to present-day Afghanistan, where Kalashnikovs and their knockoffs number as many as 100 million, one for every seventy persons on earth. It is the weapon of state repression, as well as revolution, civil war, genocide, drug wars, and religious wars; and it is the arms of terrorists, guerrillas, boy soldiers, and thugs. From its inception to its use by more than fifty national armies around the world, to its role in modern-day Afghanistan, he discusses how the deadly weapon has helped alter world history.

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