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


Overview - A provocative look at the life and times of the man who created the original weapon of mass destruction

Drawing on her investigative and literary talents, Julia Keller offers a riveting account of the invention of the world's first working machine gun.  Read more...


 
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More About Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel by Julia Keller
 
 
 
Overview
A provocative look at the life and times of the man who created the original weapon of mass destruction

Drawing on her investigative and literary talents, Julia Keller offers a riveting account of the invention of the world's first working machine gun. Through her portrait of its misunderstood creator, Richard Jordan Gatling-who naively hoped that the overwhelming effectiveness of a multiple-firing weapon would save lives by decreasing the size of armies and reducing the number of soldiers needed to fight-Keller draws profound parallels to the scientists who would unleash America's atomic arsenal half a century later. The Gatling gun, in its combination of ingenuity, idealism, and destructive power, perfectly exemplifies the paradox of America's rise in the nineteenth century to a world superpower.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780143115649
  • ISBN-10: 0143115642
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: May 2009
  • Page Count: 294
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.44 x 0.72 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.58 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Scientists - General
Books > History > Military - Weapons
Books > History > United States - 19th Century

 
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