A very informative and well written book. I enjoyed the chapter on the M-16 and the cold
pursuit by the Americans of a gun that was a failure. The number of the guns that exist in the world is a testament to the solid performance and availability of the weapon of choice of
most of the world. A very good read.
I recommend it. An unusual combination of military technology history, geopolitics, the international arms trade and the life of Kalashnikov. A long chapter on the development of the M-16 rifle and its problems.
Thick. Couldn't put it down. Former U.S Marine core captain Pulitzer for journalism NY times Chivers convinces reader the reason America lost Vietnam war was not political esoterics but rather superiority of enemy firepower viz a vis AK47 & Mig. Compelling evidence from someone who fought in the first wave of the conflict.
An amazing book about the pervasive influence of the AK-47 on the world as we know it in the last 60 years. A must read, although it is not always fun to read.
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