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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (96 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Keller Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Soon after its debut at the time of the Civil War, the Gatling gun changed the nature of warfare and the course of world history. Discharging two hundred shots per minute with alarming accuracy, the world’s first machine gun became vitally important to protecting and expanding America’s overseas interests. Its inventor, Richard Gatling, was famous in his own time for creating and improving many industrial designs, from bicycles and steamship propellers to flush toilets, though it was the gun design that would make his name immortal. A man of great business and scientific acumen, Gating used all the resources of the new mass age to promote sales across America and around the world.

Ironically, Gatling actually proposed his gun as a way of saving lives, thinking it would decrease the size of armies and, therefore, make it easier to supply soldiers and reduce malnutrition deaths. The scientists who unleashed America’s atomic arsenal less than a century later would see it much the same way.

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  • “A celebrity in the 19th century, Gatling was soon reviled for his terrible marvel and then consigned to obscurity. Keller rescues Gatling and anchors his remarkable life firmly in the landscape of 19th-century America: a time and place of egalitarian hope and infinite possibility.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The author presents as a genius, a man of decency, vision, and ambition who held dozens of patents for a variety of life—enhancing gadgets, including plows, bicycles, flush toilets, and dry-cleaning machines.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeannie | 1/14/2014

    " Somewhat educational about the realities of arms creation and the thoughts behind them. The author does have a bias - at least a little bit - and at times that got to me, but I managed to read on through. I love anything about the cultural or social history of something, guns included. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rick | 1/7/2014

    " I almost put this book aside. I found it very repetitive, returning to the same ideas again and again and presenting it as if it were new. And it seemed like the book spent relatively little time actually talking about Gatling and the gun. I'd pass on this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Edward M. | 7/17/2013

    " A strange book. It seems to say a lot, yet tell me little about Gatling and his inventions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bill | 6/30/2013

    " This book is more of a cultural studies about the times in which Gatling invented his gun than it is a biography about the man. Sometimes, I felt, it was a little overwrought, but I liked it nonetheless. "

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