American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms by William Doyle, Chris Kyle PDF

American History

By William Doyle, Chris Kyle

ISBN-10: 0062242717

ISBN-13: 9780062242716

Chris Kyle—fallen hero and number one bestselling writer of American Sniper—reveals how ten mythical weapons perpetually replaced U.S. history.

At the time of his tragic loss of life in February 2013, former military SEAL Chris Kyle, the head sniper in U.S. army historical past, used to be completing some of the most intriguing missions of his existence: a outstanding booklet that retold American heritage during the lens of a hand-selected checklist of firearms. Kyle masterfully exhibits how weapons have performed a desirable, integral, and infrequently underappreciated function in our nationwide story.

"Perhaps greater than the other state within the world," Kyle writes, "the historical past of the U.S. has been formed by way of the gun. Firearms secured the 1st Europeans' carry at the continent, opened the frontier, helped win our independence, settled the West, saved legislation and order, and defeated tyranny around the world."

Drawing on his unequalled firearms wisdom and strive against adventure, Kyle rigorously selected ten weapons to aid inform his tale: the yank lengthy rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester rifle, Springfield 1903 rifle, Thompson sub-machine gun, 1911 pistol, M1 Garand, .38 specific police revolver, and the M-16 rifle platform Kyle himself used as a SEAL. via them, he revisits exciting turning issues in American background, together with the one sniper shot that grew to become the tide of the innovative conflict, the firearms designs that proved decisive at Gettysburg, the "gun that gained the West," and the guns that gave U.S. infantrymen an part on the planet wars and past. this can be additionally the tale of the way firearms innovation, creativity, and business genius has continually driven American history—and power—forward.

Filled with an unforgettable solid of characters, Chris Kyle's American Gun is a sweeping epic of bravery, experience, invention, and sacrifice.

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36 Ernest P. Clarke (right) came to Ontario in 1885 from Alna, Maine, and founded the Ontario Record newspaper. The first newspaper published in Ontario, it was originally operated out of the Bank Block (above). J. Holsinger in 1888 at the request of Charles Frankish and later sold to Robert Blackburn, the developer of Blackburn’s Addition. The Ontario Record was very critical of Charles Frankish, and one might have thought that Frankish expected the competition would put the Record out of business.

49 In November 1893, the largest trainload of fruit from the Ontario-Upland area to date was shipped on the Santa Fe Railroad. Here, 17 cars loaded with fruit, weighing over 400,000 pounds and destined for Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was packed by Sutliff and Groom of Iowa, pictured in the foreground, who leased the Ontario Cannery in 1893 for the specific purpose of shipping the fruit east. This aerial view looking north on Mountain Avenue in Ontario, dated to around 1920, illustrates how extensive citrus ranching had become during Ontario’s first 40 years, with nearly every inch of land covered with citrus trees.

32 The Ontario City Library was founded on November 15, 1885, by community members. The next month, a social benefit was held that resulted in the collection of 200 books, $40, and a large bookcase. The group formed a library association, and William Chaffey served as its first president. The Chaffey brothers provided space for a reading room, and Alfred Piddington, pictured here, served as the first librarian. Because the Chaffeys left Ontario for Australia in early 1886, the library lost its reading room.

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