By William Doyle, Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle—fallen hero and number one bestselling writer of American Sniper—reveals how ten mythical weapons without end replaced U.S. history.

At the time of his tragic dying in February 2013, former military SEAL Chris Kyle, the pinnacle sniper in U.S. army historical past, was once completing essentially the most interesting missions of his lifestyles: a striking ebook that retold American historical past in the course of the lens of a hand-selected record of firearms. Kyle masterfully indicates how weapons have performed a desirable, necessary, and infrequently underappreciated position in our nationwide story.

"Perhaps greater than the other country within the world," Kyle writes, "the heritage 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 legislation and order, and defeated tyranny around the world."

Drawing on his unrivaled firearms wisdom and wrestle event, Kyle conscientiously selected ten weapons to assist 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 targeted police revolver, and the M-16 rifle platform Kyle himself used as a SEAL. via them, he revisits exciting turning issues in American heritage, together with the one sniper shot that became the tide of the progressive conflict, the firearms designs that proved decisive at Gettysburg, the "gun that gained the West," and the guns that gave U.S. infantrymen an area on the earth wars and past. this is often additionally the tale of ways firearms innovation, creativity, and commercial genius has always driven American history—and power—forward.

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

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