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MACHINE GUN: THE STORY OF THE MEN AND THE WEAPON THAT CHANGED THE FACE OF WAR
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MACHINE GUN: THE STORY OF THE MEN AND THE WEAPON THAT CHANGED THE FACE OF WAR

Author: Anthony Smith
Publisher: VHPS (HOLT & ST MARTINS), Oct 2003
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0-312-32066-3

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Military & social history of the machine gun - the inventors, its history, & how it reshaped the nature of war. 8 pg. B&W photo insert. 6x8 inches, 320 pgs.

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The machine gun is a uniquely American invention that more than any other single invention revolutionized the way in which war was waged. Machine Gun tells the story of the American inventors reponsible for the development of the weapon itself--beginning with Samuel Colt's creation of the first mass-produced, rapid-firing revolver; to Dr. Richard Gatling and his Gatling Gun and Hiram Maxim, whose Maxim Gun was the first truly automatic weapon.

Smith traces the uses of the rapid-fire gun and its slow integration into the weaponry of the military forces around the world--from a weapon first used to pacify native populations but not fully integrated into military tactics until after the wholesale slaughter of World War I and the resultant social upheaval that utterly changed the very nature of tactical warfare. Machine Gun is an enthralling account of the people who invented the weapon, how it affected the nature of warfare, and of the society out of which it arose--and which it transformed inexorably.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anthony Smith
is the author of numberous books published in the UK and has hosted numerous programs on television, mostly on the BBC, and on the radio. He lives in England.


 
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