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

By William Doyle, Chris Kyle

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 pinnacle sniper in U.S. army background, used to be completing probably the most fascinating missions of his existence: a amazing ebook that retold American heritage in the course of the lens of a hand-selected record of firearms. Kyle masterfully exhibits how weapons have performed a desirable, imperative, and infrequently underappreciated position in our nationwide story.

"Perhaps greater than the other state within the world," Kyle writes, "the background of the USA has been formed via the gun. Firearms secured the 1st Europeans' carry at the continent, opened the frontier, helped win our independence, settled the West, stored legislations and order, and defeated tyranny around the world."

Drawing on his unequalled firearms wisdom and strive against event, Kyle conscientiously selected ten weapons to aid inform his tale: the yankee lengthy rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester rifle, Springfield 1903 rifle, Thompson sub-machine gun, 1911 pistol, M1 Garand, .38 particular police revolver, and the M-16 rifle platform Kyle himself used as a SEAL. via them, he revisits exciting turning issues in American historical past, together with the only sniper shot that grew to become the tide of the innovative conflict, the firearms designs that proved decisive at Gettysburg, the "gun that received the West," and the guns that gave U.S. squaddies an side on this planet wars and past. this is often additionally the tale of ways firearms innovation, creativity, and commercial genius has continuously 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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They showered them with food, flowers, and gifts and watched in tears as they marched away. “The whole community, far and near, assembled to see us off,” remembered a soldier from Liberty County, Texas, who departed in late June. ” Emma Simpson, who was enslaved in the neighboring Walker County, was summoned to a “great big dance and supper in Huntsville” to part with local men. ” All over the South local bands played “The Girl I Left Behind Me” and other favorite tunes, civic leaders gave patriotic speeches, and ministers led solemn public prayers for the safe return of the men and the success of the cause.

Indeed from the moment open hostilities between North and South broke out, there was never any doubt that the military conflict would take place largely on the soil of the Old Dominion. The state’s geographic location made it a natural battleground, and the decision to move the Confederate capital to Richmond assured that the Mother of Presidents would be the Union army’s first target. Though the government also sent soldiers to Florida, the Carolina seaboard, and the western theater, the great majority of troops in the early months of the war were making their way to the Confederacy’s northern front, where battles were expected imminently.

South Carolina sent off almost half of the white people born there after 1800, and Georgia lost a quarter of its free population. 35 The mobilization of the Confederate army thus meant that for the first time in generations Southern men were heading back to Virginia. Since the mid-eighteenth century, men and women below the Mason-Dixon Line had traveled south and west. With the founding of an independent Southern nation and the necessity of raising an army to defend its northern front, human mobility reversed its course and began to flow in the opposite direction.

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