AK-47: The Story of a Gun

AK-47: The Story of a Gun

by Michael Hodges


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In the 60 years since General Kalashnikov created the AK47’s distinctive silhouette, the gun has been at the center of conflicts across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. The weapon that made Kalashnikov “The Hero of the Soviet Union” has also appeared on T-shirts and vodka bottles, starred in videos and song lyrics, and been re-fashioned in crystal — a gift from Vladimir Putin to George W. Bush.
Focusing on the testimonies of the men and women who have experienced the weapon firsthand — including a Sudanese child soldier, a Vietcong veteran, and a French photographer who has documented the carnage in the West Bank — Michael Hodges’s AK47: The Story of a Gun tells the fascinating story of the world’s most ubiquitous gun, from its origins in the Soviet Union, through its rebirth in the hands of third world revolutionaries, to its current status as the brand leader in international terrorism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596922860
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Pages: 225
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Timeline     2
Introduction     5
The Killing Joke     9
City of Guns     27
Vietnam     53
Palestine     81
The Song of the Child Soldiers     109
Terrorvision     133
Iraq     161
Bustin' Niggas     187
Acknowledgements     213

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