The Gun that Changed the World

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The Gun That Changed the World * This is the autobiography of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the world's most famous gun, the AK-47. * Offers a fascinating history of the weapon's development and spread throughout the world, as well as a window into the turbulent history of Russian in the twentieth century. * Contains over 30 halftones. Full description

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Mikhail Kalashnikov himself, inventor of the famous assault rifle, here tells his life story for the first time. The result is a remarkable portrait of a man of ingenuity and vitality in the context of the often frightening and terribly unforgiving Russia of the twentieth century.

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"This intruiging autobiography opens doors on life in the onceclosed military town of Izhevsk, and provides revealing insightsinto the not-so-closed mind of a Soviet gunmaker."
Times Literary Supplement

"A commanding portrait of a man who lived through the best andworst treatment at the hands of the Soviet regime."
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"Mikhail Kalashnikov's autobiography is an intriguing look intothe life and mind of a self-taught weapons designer who believed inwhat he did and for whom he did it. In plain language, this simpleman straightforwardly tells of the adversity he surmounted as ayouth to achieve the pinnacle of success as an adult. Though heascribes the success in his life to fate, his innate vision andtalent for the mechanics of weapon design show throughunmistakably. A Stalinist, communist and patriot to the end, hislife story is a valuable lens through with to view the history ofthe USSR and Russia from revolution to the present."
Roger Reese, Texas A&M University

"Mikhail Kalashnikov's 'assault rifle' bridged the gapbetween the slow but accurate rifle and the fast but inaccuratesub-machine gun, and thus brought us - in the 1940s -to the point where armies still stand today. Readers of thisdelightful book will wonder why he ever bothered. Purged by Stalinand exiled to Siberia as a boy, Kalashnikov later accepted theStalin Prize for his work on the AK-47. This fascinating book is anenthralling journey into the Soviet arsenal and mind."
Geoffrey Wawro, University of North Texas

"This book has pace, passion and a number of unusual insightsinto the weird mindset of at least one section of the Soviet rulingclasses. It is a human story: a 'rags to riches' or 'poor boy makesgood' story - and occasionally even a tear-jerker. It alsocontains some pretty good jokes."
Paddy Griffith, freelance military historian andpublisher

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