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The Gun Paperback – Sept. 6 2011

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“… one of the finest war correspondents of his generation…" —The Wilson Quarterly

"...bold history... ...Mr. Chivers the enthusiast and expert shares the page with Mr. Chivers the historian and journalist — the expert dealing well with the detailed mechanics of his subject, the journalist at other times brilliantly illuminating the book with highly effective vignettes of human courage, ingenuity and, mostly, suffering." —The New York Times

"...magisterial..." —The Atlantic

"...succeeds admirably by putting the gun into its social, historical and technological context in an evocative narrative." —The Washington Post

"...a compelling perspective on 20th-century warfare..." —Slate.com

"...for disciplined and devoted scholars of the history of modern war, politics, and ideology, and how the automatic weapon has forced the transformation of the essence of combat... ...a colossal effort... ...appears to have created a history-laced masterpiece." —Marine Corps Gazette

About the Author

C.J. Chivers is a correspondent for The New York Times and a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine. His magazine story “The Fighter” won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. In 2009 he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Chivers served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps in the Persian Gulf War and on peacekeeping duty during the Los Angeles riots. He is the author of The Gun and The Fighters. 

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