Friday, 28 September 2012

Bibliophilia: Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun by Paul Barrett

Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun – Paul Barrett

I found this a totally engrossing read. Fascinating how Gaston Glock developed a brilliant pistol and built it into an empire. He had no real knowledge of firearms, but enlisted the help of some smart people along the way, and developed a very successful weapon. What started out as a small workshop blossomed into a major player in the firearms world. All sorts of drama along the way, including assassination attempts, gun industry politics, embezzling executives, messy divorces, marriages to women young enough to be his grand-daughter, etc. And the author does a fairly even handed job of exploring Americas gun culture. Not per se pro, not per se con. Mainly I came away with the idea that Gaston Glock is a piece of work. Don’t think I like him at all, but I have to concede he is a shrewd business man.

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