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by Chivers,C. J. Chivers

Author: Chivers,C. J. Chivers
Subcategory: Engineering
Language: English
Publisher: Allen Lane; 1st Printing edition (November 1, 2010)
Pages: 496 pages
Category: Engineering and Transport
Rating: 4.7
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Chivers's history begins with the AK-47's predecessors.

Chivers's history begins with the AK-47's predecessors. First came the Gatling gun, invented by Richard Gatling, an American idealist sickened by the thousands of dead and dying on the civil war battlefields, who envisioned a weapon that would allow one man to kill as many as hundred, thus reducing the need for large armies. The legendary General Custer used them against native Americans, the British used them against Zulus, the Russians against the Cossacks. In the arms race of the time, the next winner was Hiram Maxim

Chivers has gone beyond that. The story of the AK-47 and its derivatives is here, but Chivers also saw an opportunity (and a need) to look at the broader impacts and story of this line of weapons

Chivers has gone beyond that. The story of the AK-47 and its derivatives is here, but Chivers also saw an opportunity (and a need) to look at the broader impacts and story of this line of weapons. One part is how the Soviets gained an edge in firepower at the individual soldier level, and the US response to this

The AK-47 could be considered a form of machine gun, so Chivers spends a considerable portion of the book to the history . The forerunner of the AK-47 and M-16 was the Schmeisser, an assault rifle that entered the war in 1944

The AK-47 could be considered a form of machine gun, so Chivers spends a considerable portion of the book to the history of machine guns. Ironically invented by a southern slave-holder, Richard Gatling, it was offered by the inventor to Lincoln in 1864 to support the Union cause. His reasons were philanthropic if naive. The forerunner of the AK-47 and M-16 was the Schmeisser, an assault rifle that entered the war in 1944. The AK-47 was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov and while his name has always been associated with the gun, Chivers says it was really a product of the Stalinist state.

The Gun is a nonfiction book written by journalist C. J. Chivers about the AK-47 rifle and its variants, and the impact they have had on the world. It covers the origins of the design, its invention and distribution, and the consequences of the pattern's spread around the world

Автор: Chivers C. Название: The Gun: The AK-47 and the Evolution .

Автор: Chivers C. Название: The Gun: The AK-47 and the Evolution of War Издательство: Random House (USA) Классификация: ISBN: 1400169143 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781400169146 ISBN: 1-400-16914-3 ISBN-13(EAN): 978-1-400-16914-6 Обложка/Формат: MP3 CD Вес: . 18 к. This book tells an alternative history of the world as seen through these terrible weapons. Chivers tells of the 19th-century inventor in Indianapolis who designs a Civil War killing machine, insisting that more-efficient slaughter will save lives.

In his new book, The Gun: The AK-47 and the Evolution of War, out Oct. 12, New York Times reporter . Chivers traces the origins of modern assault rifles-particularly Avtomat Kalashnikov 47, or the AK-47-and analyzes how they've changed warfare

In his new book, The Gun: The AK-47 and the Evolution of War, out Oct. Chivers traces the origins of modern assault rifles-particularly Avtomat Kalashnikov 47, or the AK-47-and analyzes how they've changed warfare. Popular Mechanics spoke to the author about how and why the AK-47 was developed and why it has had even more of an impact than nuclear weapons. What got you interested in writing a book about the AK-47?

chivers has given us a seminal work' james bradley, author of flags of our fathers. The AK-47, or 'Kalashnikov', is the most efficient firearm on earth. It is so light it can be used by children.

chivers has given us a seminal work' james bradley, author of flags of our fathers. It has transformed the way we fight wars, and its story is the chilling story of modern warfare.

Yet CJ Chivers' book does more than retrace the story of the weapon's development and deployment. The AK-47 won hands down. More reliable, more hardy and cheaper to produce, it won many plaudits, even being preferred by some US Marines to their standard-issue weapon. It is an icon, he claims, that has changed the very nature of warfare, and even altered history itself. It is certainly a remarkable story. Not for the last time, the Kalashnikov would be the bane of the West. Chivers writes very well – as one would expect of a Pulitzer winner – and is adept at set-pieces, such as an attempted assassination or a jungle fire-fight.

Chivers tells the AK-47’s story as a Tolstoyan epic. Pulitzer-winning war reporter . This is a fascinating book. Chivers takes readers on a fascinating ride from the introduction of the Gatling gun during the Civil War to the birth of the AK-47 after World War II to today’s front lines. It’s not just the story of the AK-47 but also unparalleled military history.

The AK-47, or 'Kalashnikov', is the most abundant and efficient firearm on earth. It is so light it can be used by children. It has transformed the way we fight wars, and its story is the chilling story of modern warfare. C.J. Chivers's extraordinary new book tells an alternative history of the world as seen through these terrible weapons. He traces them back to their origins in the early experiments of Gatling and Maxim, and examines the first appearance of the machine-gun - a weapon that first created the 'asymmetric' colonial massacres enjoyed by the British in Africa but which then led to the nightmarish stalemate of the First World War. The quest for ever greater firepower and mobility culminated in the AK-47 at the beginning of the Cold War, a weapon so remarkable that, over sixty years after its invention and having broken free of all state control, it has become central to civil wars all over the world. The machine-gun reused many innovations associated with the new agricultural technology of its time (as did the tank), and there is perhaps no better example of how so much of the modern era has turned on the awful ambiguity at the heart of human inventiveness. Drawing on a huge amount of fascinating and original research, "The Gun" is the story of modern violence: its inventors, its users and its victims. It examines the weapon's impact from Eastern Europe to Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq. It is a book of eccentrics, sadists, obsessives, but also of the countless individual soldiers, terrorists, militiamen and civilians whose lives the AK-47 has transformed or destroyed.