American Gun by Chris Kyle
A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms

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13 Critic Reviews

Will appeal to military buffs, conservative readers and, of course, firearms enthusiasts.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.

 

About Chris Kyle

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SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. Additionally, he received the Grateful Nation Award, given by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual. Today, he is president of Craft International (www.craftintl.com), a world-class leader in training and security. He lives with his family in Texas, where he devotes much of his spare time to helping disabled veterans.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by William Morrow. 415 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction
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All: 13 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on May 28 2013

Will appeal to military buffs, conservative readers and, of course, firearms enthusiasts.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 17 2013

Regardless of one's views on guns, readers will gain a deeper respect for weaponry and the people tasked with using them.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Gail Welborn on Jul 31 2013

His passion for guns was only surpassed by his love for history, a love that provided the inspiration for him to write American Gun: a History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Ricky Brown on Jun 29 2013

This is a wide ranging list, but the chronological presentation gives the reader a better perspective and appreciation of firearm evolution.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Melissa H. Pierson on Jun 06 2013

Tara's rendering of her husband takes on, in that light, a distressing and almost tragic cast. She sketches Kyle as a man who had found new purpose after giving up a life devoted to killing, in aiding others who had suffered from doing just that.

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USA Today

Above average
Reviewed by Stephen Hunter on Jun 04 2013

Most serious students of the firearm will find the book a little thin but great fun, even if it tells them what they already know. Gun haters might be offended by the jocularity of tone in a book primarily about combat weapons.

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Huntington News

Good
Reviewed by David M. Kinchen on Jul 28 2013

Firearms hobbyists, target shooters like me and hunters will enjoy this book for its brief histories of the firearms, with unforgettable inventors like Samuel Colt, John Moses Browning, Christopher M. Spencer and Abraham Lincoln.

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Booked Solid

Good
Reviewed by teresa.bocanegra on Feb 15 2015

I believe this book will appeal to a broad range of readers as it is not a blood and guts glorification of the destructive power of firearms but an interesting window into the history of the American journey from independence to the present day conflicts we find ourselves facing.

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The Truth About Guns

Good
Reviewed by Nick Leghorn on Jun 16 2013

Chris writes in a conversational tone that feels comfortable, like he’s sitting across from you at the range and sharing some of his favorite stories.

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Good
on Apr 11 2015

American Gun is one of the most enjoyable history books you are likely to pick up...the singular point of view and the distinctive voice of Chris Kyle are as much a central part of the book as the information it contains. Seeing what someone cares about is often more revealing than hearing them talk about themselves.

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Down Range

Good
Reviewed by Ed Head on Jun 18 2013

American Gun is an easy and enjoyable read. It’s written conversationally and feels as though Kyle is sitting down with you, having a beer and telling stories.

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BlackFive

Good
Reviewed by Elise Cooper on Jun 07 2013

t is obvious in reading this book that Chris felt a deep passion for his fellow combat veterans, past and present. American Gun is an exciting, entertaining, and insightful journey into how US history has been shaped by the gun.

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A Book a Week

Good
on Jun 04 2013

Rather than write about each gun in a textbook fashion, which Kyle himself admits would be incredibly boring, he zeroes in on the human side of the story, placing the reader in the place of the men who used the weapons.

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