Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It

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Documents the machine gun's role as a key weapon in protecting America's interests overseas, in an account that also profiles the contributions of its inventor, who developed the machine gun in the hopes of reducing military headcount and casualties.

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