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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896895432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896895430
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 12.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"...Each picture in Armed America could be a pro-gun advertisement - or an anti-gun poster. That's what makes the book so riveting." -- The Washington Post, July 29, 2007

"Cassidy's genius... vividly captures the subjects' personalities as well as their widely differing views on gun ownership." -- Guns & Ammo, October 2007

"...stunning photos... You can't finish this book and still make blanket judgments about gun owners." -- The Library Journal, September 1, 2007

"What we have here folks, between two covers, is that greatest of rarities, a fair picture of who owns guns." -- Field & Stream, David Petzel, 2007

About the Author

Kyle Cassidy is a photographer living in Philadelphia.

More About the Author

Kyle Cassidy has been documenting American culture for more than two
decades. He has photographed Goths, Punks, Cutters, Politicians,
Metalheads, Dominatrices, Scholars, and Alternative Fashion, in addition
to less prosaic subjects. In recent years his projects have extended
abroad to Romania, where he captured the lives of homeless orphans
living in sewers; and to Egypt, where he reported on contemporary
archaeological excavations. His publications include several books on
information technology, as well as a regular appearance as contributing
editor for Videomaker magazine. His Photo-A-Week blog
(www.kylecassidy.com ) was one of the first photo blogs on the internet.
His work has appeared in the New York Times, Barron's Financial,
Photographers Forum, Asleep by Dawn, Gothic Beauty and numerous other
publications.

Customer Reviews

Overall - a great conversation starter of a coffee table book.
David Quick
There's one pistol that I still haven't found yet, but I will, because I know that I'm going to look at this book over and over and over again.
Brian Reid
I liked the book because it showed who the gun owners are that people keep talking about.
Matthew William Cohen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Spleen on July 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am embarrassed that I started out with such a small-minded view of gun ownership. I thought I was against guns and seeing pictures of them was viscerally disturbing them to me. However, reading what people actually had to say about their gun ownership did make me open my mind on the issue.

I appreciate that the book portrays first and foremost the people and does not slant or objectify them (there is no political agenda) which leaves me able to digest the contents for myself. The author's intro paragraph is very succinct and imaginitive; he is not only a gifted photographer but a unique writer as well. The photos are also really interesting because there's usually something going on in the background - you can see pets in motion captured at a moment in time or interesting expressions on the people's faces.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By William D. Nelsch on July 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Kyle,

I received your book on, of all days, Independence Day (it was delivered yesterday to my office and I didn't see it until today). My first impressions are - WOW. It reached me on so many different levels: the 'familial' based on one of our LUG family creating a masterpiece; the photographic, based on the technique in achieving the images - bounce flash, rear fill flash, and the inadvertent (?) self portrait on page 127; the contextual notion that the Second Amendment (I am a left wing Democrat, christian more of an Episcobuddhist, anti-war, anti-violence, etc. ) must be always enforced, and in light of the recent idiocy in the WH seems ever more important; and finally the sub-context of all of the animals is just delightful.

This is so much different, and better, than what I had expected after reviewing the online images. Seeing the images in print form allows for so much more detail; the messiness/neatness of the subject environs; the additional items, or lack thereof, in their living areas adds so much more to the meaning of each photo. I can't help but wonder how much of the shoot was staged vs. their actual environment. And the captures of the animals are priceless. This was no easy task.

I was also struck by the verbosity or lack thereof of the subjects when commenting on their gun ownership and what stuck me most was the argument that the Second Amendment, like all of the Amendments, must be upheld against the moneyed interest purchasing politicians attempting to take away ANY freedoms. This is akin to the NRA, ACLU and Sierra club all agreeing on the same thing.

I don't like guns.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Justice on July 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found this book superb, first and foremost because Kyle does not advocate one side or the other in the great gun-control debate. No matter what your opinion on the subject, roughly half of America thinks you are wrong either way. He merely provided stunning photographic evidence of the fact that our friends and neighbors, co-workers and fellow citizens are not just statistics.
They are real people, they are you and me. These pictures remind you of that simple fact. Many of us choose to own guns for a sweeping variety of reasons and many people think we are wrong for doing so in an equally broad fashion.
I hope this book brings insight and provokes discussion on both sides of the subject because like it or not, we are all americans and have an obligation to look out for each other as well as ourselves.
Your government is not capable of protecting you every moment of your life nor is it obligated to do so. Those of us who are responsibly armed may have an opportunity to help, but the only one who can ensure your own safety is you, and that goes far beyond just owning a firearm.

As I said, this book captures a glimpse of a private part of the daily lives of many americans that has become far too controversial and vilified by many who dont understand their own rights and responsibilities as citizens of this once great country.

I truly hope that it may act as a catalyst for meaningful discussion and not just the usual knee-jerk reaction that both sides seem to be so fond of.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reid on July 5, 2007
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I pre-ordered this book because I'd seen some of Kyle Cassidy's work and knew he was a great photographer, and I'd seen a couple of these gun pictures online. Despite my high regard for Mr Cassidy's work, I was not prepared for the greatness of this book.

The title led me to believe that it was pictures of guns with their people, but in fact it is pictures of people and their pets in their own homes, who are (incidentally) posing with some guns. Some people have one or two guns; others have dozens of guns. Pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles -- doesn't matter. These guns are just as matter of fact as the books and furniture and the paintings on the wall. All of the guns are well cared-for, even the brace of pistols that has been made into a table lamp by one subject.

You could airbrush the guns out of these pictures and they would still be great pictures, though perhaps one of the secrets of getting good portraits is to make the subject feel strong by having them holding a gun. Nobody brandishes a gun, nobody looks menacing or dangerous. Everybody looks interesting. I envy Mr Cassidy the opportunity to have met these people and talked to them and be invited into their homes.

I found myself playing sort of a "Where's Waldo" game with these pictures, trying to find and identify all of the guns that were named in the caption. Sometimes it's obvious, as the caption will say that there is one rifle and the subject is holding it. Other times it's far less obvious, as there will be half a dozen guns named in the caption but only two or three of them are obvious. The others are surely there, perhaps sitting quietly next to the ashtray or the paperback book or the lamp.
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