Gun Guys by Dan Baum
A Road Trip

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There are nuanced portraits in "Gun Guys," including a chapter about an upper-class couple that spends thousands of dollars on machine guns that they shoot in combat-style competitions.
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Dan Baum is a gun fanatic. He is also Jewish Democrat who grew up in suburban New Jersey. In Gun Guys, he takes us on a guided tour of gun stores and gun shows, shooting ranges and festivals, contests and auctions, trying to figure out what draws so many of us to guns in the first place. Is it just part of being American?  Introducing a wide cast of characters, Baum shows both sides of the gun culture in America, bringing an entire world vividly to life, and in doing so helping to find a middle ground in the gun debate, where actual conversation can take place.

 

About Dan Baum

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Dan Baum is the author of Nine Lives, Smoke and Mirrors, and Citizen Coors. He was a staff writer for The New Yorker and has written for Rolling Stone, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.






Author Residence: Boulder, CO






Author Hometown: South Orange, NJ
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Vintage. 354 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction
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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by Mark Yost on Mar 04 2013

There are nuanced portraits in "Gun Guys," including a chapter about an upper-class couple that spends thousands of dollars on machine guns that they shoot in combat-style competitions.

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Good
Reviewed by Geri Spieler on Feb 28 2013

Gun Guys is smart and informative—an education for anyone the slightest bit curious about why gun owners are so passionate about their guns. Dan Baum’s stories are alive, engaging, and earnest.

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