Lethal Passage by Erik Larson
The Story of a Gun

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This devastating book begins with an account of a crime that is by now almost commonplace: on December 16, 1988, sixteen-year-old Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9 and several hundred rounds of ammunition tucked in his backpack. By day's end, he had killed one teacher and severely wounded another.

In Lethal Passage Erik Larson shows us how a disturbed teenager was able to buy a weapon advertised as "the gun that made the eighties roar." In so doing, he not only illuminates America's gun culture -- its manufacturers, dealers, buffs, and propagandists -- but also offers concrete solutions to our national epidemic of death by firearm. The result is a book that can -- and should -- save lives, and that has already become an essential text in the gun-control debate.


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About Erik Larson

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ERIK LARSON is the author of the national bestsellers Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm. ErikLarsonBooks.com
 
Published July 27, 2011 by Vintage. 299 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Non-fiction

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A frightening tour through America's gun culture by way of a single weapon -- a semiautomatic hailed by its manufacturer as "the gun that made the '80s roar," and a single criminal -- a troubled Virginia teenager who used the gun in a terrifying rampage.

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In this valiant, innovative, effective and timely study, Wall Street Journal reporter Larson considers the case of Nicholas Elliot, 16, who went on a shooting rampage on December 16, 1988, in the Virginia religious high school he attended, leaving one teacher dead.

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Wall Street Journal reporter Larson has written a new afterword to this timely study of American gun culture.

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