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A fine complement to the other Glock books out there,
This review is from: Glock: The Rise of America's Gun (Hardcover)
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A new book about Glock pistols is always welcome when so few are out there. This book is history, though, not a how-to manual on proper pistol use. It is business history, the most interesting kind of history. As the story of Glock moves from its native soil in Europe to the much larger and astoundingly lucrative North American market the book also becomes social history and of course, political history. This is its virtue: a true story about the little-company-that-could, standing up to the big boys (Beretta, Smith & Wesson, H&K) and striking pay dirt on its first effort in a strange, new market. This is the kind of story that does not get old, no matter how many times it is told. Being largely unaware of the very competitive gun industry I found the story of the curtain rod manufacturer who made a gun very interesting.
While a fan and an owner of several Glocks I was never quite clear on the company's history and struggles until this book. There is some anti-gun bias in this book, but I'll cut the author a break and acknowledge that he does have to cover all sides of the gun debate in the US. This matters less to me now than in the past. As gun ownership soars around the country (indeed, cross-state conceal carry is one the hottest topics in Washington right now) more and more law-abiding citizens see the benefit for themselves in owing and keeping arms near at hand. As a consequence the anti-gun left has less influence on Main Street or on the Hill than in the past.
Enjoy this book: learn about how a plastics maker in Bavaria came to dominate the handgun market in little less than a generation. It's a great story.
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Initial post: Jan 22, 2012 7:42:23 AM PST
Chris Abraham says:
While it might compliment the other Glock books out there, what I like about this book is that it isn't a fanboy book, which is essential to bring the conversation forward. This book is also not about Glock as much as it is about America's Gun Fetish. It is a book about America not about guns in Europe or the Middle East.
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