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Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel

The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It

Julia Keller - Author

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ISBN 9781440633591 | 320 pages | 29 May 2008 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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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.

" A lively and well-informed biographical study . . . Keller's great gift, along with sprightly prose . . . is contextualization."
-Chicago Tribune


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