9780465048953 hardcover 0465048951 hardcover 9780465098569 (electronic)
"An acclaimed historian explodes the myth about the 'special relationship' between Americans and their guns, revealing that savvy 19th century businessmen--not gun lovers--created American gun culture"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-478) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
"The art and mystery of a gunsmith" The American system The Crystal Palace "Scattering our guns" "More wonderful than practical" Model 186600 "Gun men" and the "Oriental lecturer" "Spirit guns" "The unhallowed trade" The "moral effect" of a Winchester Balancing the ledger Summer land The gun industry's visible hand Learning to love the gun Mystery house "Grotesque, yet magnificent" Overbuilding The soul of the "gun crank" King of Infinite Space The West that won the gun "Merchants of death."
KF3941 .H33 2016
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group,