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Come and Take It: The Gun Printer’s Guide to Thinking Free Hardcover – October 11, 2016
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"A foreboding and revealing chronicle of a year that created one of the most radically anarchist provocations in the history of the amoral Internet." (Andy Greenberg, author of This Machine Kills Secrets)
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"A rollicking, almost stream-of-consciousness account.” (the Wall Street Journal)
"In the season of Trump, it feels like a warning of madness and violence to come." (The Economist)
About the Author
Cody Wilson is a former student of the University of Texas School of Law. He is the founder and director of Defense Distributed, a non-profit organization that developed and published the world’s first open source gun designs suitable for 3D printing. Forbes called Wilson one of the most polarizing figures in technology, and Wired named him one of the fifteen most dangerous people in the world. Since the development of his firearm, the Liberator, Wilson has become the spokesperson for the digital arms revolution and an enfant terrible of the lecture circuit. He is a member of the tech fraternity unSYSTEM. His work has been featured in DOMUS Magazine, exhibited at the New Museum, and has been permanently acquired by London’s V&A, the world’s greatest museum of design.
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On the positive side, it really is an interesting story, and an interesting look at history. Unfortunately, in too many places, it seemed like Cody was simply too full of himself and wanted too much to portray himself as a neat guy. It just seemed that there was too much filler thrown in. Additional details of the times and situations that don't add much to the story. Too many odd analogies and references sprinkled around.
That said, Cody and Defense Distributed are involved in particularly important history and important to preserving liberty and freedom for everyone. And I think my main purpose in buying the book was contribute a little to the keep Defense Distributed going.
True story and very apt for what this book is. The cold didn't kill me, so I came out the other side a little stronger. I didn't enjoy the journey, but hey, it isn't always about the trip but the destination right?
Cody Wilson's book is the same thing. The book is a rambling mess that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. But if you pay attention to the dozen or so nuggets buried in it, you'll be a better person for it. To really get the most from the experience though, you REALLY need to watch several of the interviews he has done. Do a Google search and watch 'em on YouTube. These videos give you the real deal with Wilson.
Cody is a classic trickster in high Loki-fashion. Not the chaotic rabble rouser or the clownish court jester, but the intellectual misanthrope that touches on many truths with a different spin that DEMANDS you re-examine your premises.
He is a textbook example of Myers-Briggs personality type ENTP. This person lives to stir the pot! This is the core of his being and it really comes out in the videos and this book. The interesting part of this is he is VERY well read and above average intelligence (likely in the 120-140 IQ range). This well read aspect of his personae can be annoying in the book however.
He has tons of references to other authors' works sprinkled (slyly) in his book. Unless you too are well-read, this can be distracting and off putting. It can come across as uppity and high minded. Though this is his STYLE as a trickster (he wants to compel you to THINK, but not bludgeon you over the head with black and white direction), it calls into question the intended audience of the book.
The primary audience here is fellow ENTP's. Preferably well read and somewhat 'artsy' type of folks will appreciate his style. Cody uses a very "film-noir" style of writing that evokes black and white films of the 20's where the entire world is colorless shades of gray. Meaning both literal spaces, and more importantly philosophical spaces. This style never comes right out and tells you what he thinks. It is more poignant for YOU to come to conclusions on your own.
Almost as an aside is the reader like me that is curious on the topic, and inquisitive enough about it to take action and research/read. This book is only intended for a select few.
All that aside though and you have a VERY bright man that is doing great work for our LIBERTY. Cody Wilson is a modern day founding father that sees the system failures and is taking the strongest political action possible. I'm amused that this trickster stumbled into such a role as opposed to seeking it out with forethought! I love what he is doing and will cheer him on (even with a few bucks here and there) as he continues down his path. If his style matures, he will gather more people along the way.