"During the past half century, the AK-47 assault rifle has established itself as the most ubiquitous implement of destruction on the planet. No other gun comes close for its durability, low price, ease of operation, and sheer killing power. It has become a mainstay of armies and terrorists alike, and a universal icon of revolutionary upheaval. Larry Kahaner's book is the best history of this weapon that I have seen. AK-47: The Weapon That Changed the World will appeal to anyone who has ever watched the History Channel—or the evening news."
—Max Boot, senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, and author of The Savage Wars of Peace
I checked this book out of my local library, and am very glad I didn't buy it.
It's clear that the author is not a gun guy and had no interest in becoming an expert on the subject simply because he was writing a book about a gun.
The second thing that he makes very clear is that he thinks America is the cause of all problems in the world.
One sentence book summary: The AK-47 is a magically reliable rifle that has killed millions of people in a manner that no other rifle could ever have done. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clark B. Timmins
If you're a gun- nut, you'll hate this book. If you're the kind of person who gets hot and bothered over accurate technical specs, you'll hate this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thaddeus G. Blanchette
I found this book very well written and quite interesting. The picture on the cover shows the statue erected in Nicaragua paying tribute to the AK as the "weapon that helped... Read morePublished 8 months ago by MWS_54
This book was a very good read. It is full of interesting facts and stories about the AK47, covering its entire life span. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mattman
I think this is an OK read about the famous gun. I think a better book is the The Gun, which is excellent and where the author did speak to Kalashinkov. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kevin M Quigg
I just finished this book, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I browsed several of the one-star reviews, wondering what it is that people disliked so much about this book. Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by M. Agnew
While the author can tell a good story, it reads as though he obtained all his information from anti-gun press releases. Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by Lodge2
...how I learned to stop researching and hate the bomb.
Most of the other reviewers nailed it. This book was NOT written by a gun-owner or enthusiast. Read more
My words will add little to what has been expressed above, but nevertheless, having suffered through 220 pages of this story, I feel compelled to say a few things about the book... Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by Hunt N. Peck