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Author Bainbridge, John, 1946- author.

Title Gun barons : the weapons that transformed America and the men who invented them / John Bainbridge, Jr.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, [2022]


Location Call No. Status
 Burlington Public Library - Adult Department  683.4 BAINBRID    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  683.4 BAINBRIDGE    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - New Materials  355 BAINBRIDGE    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  683.4 BAI    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  683.4 BAI    Check Shelf
 Portland Public Library - Adult Department  683.4 BAI    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Non Fiction  683.4 BAINBRIDGE    Check Shelf
 Windsor Locks Public Library - Adult Department  683.4 BAI    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description viii, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "John Bainbridge, Jr.'s Gun Barons is a narrative history of six charismatic and idiosyncratic men who changed the course of American history through the invention and refinement of repeating weapons. Love them or hate them, guns are woven deeply into the American soul. Names like Colt, Smith & Wesson, Winchester, and Remington are legendary. Yet few people are aware of the roles these men played at a crucial time in United States history, from westward expansion in the 1840s, through the Civil War, and into the dawn of the Gilded Age. Through personal drive and fueled by bloodshed, they helped propel the young country into the forefront of the world's industrial powers. Their creations helped save a nation divided, while planting seeds that would divide the country again a century later. Their inventions embodied an intoxicating thread of American individualism-part fiction, part reality-that remains the foundation of modern gun culture. They promoted guns not only for the soldier, but for the Everyman, and also made themselves wealthy beyond their most fevered dreams. Gun Barons captures how their bold inventiveness dwelled in the psyche of an entire people, not just in the minds of men who made firearm fortunes. Whether we revere these larger-than-life men or vilify them, they helped forge the American character"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction -- 1. Devil yack -- 2. Rise of the showman -- 3. Master of steel -- 4. Mobtown -- 5. From bayonets to guns -- 6. The indentured brother -- 7. Revolution in the blood -- 8. Eyes west -- 9. Crafting a warrior's tool -- 10. Walker gets his Colts -- 11. The fall of Edwin Wesson -- 12. The wrath of Samuel Colt -- 13. Conquering the evil collar -- 14. To London 'midst iron and glass -- 15. Perfection in the art of destruction -- 16. Evolution -- 17. A new organ of destructiveness -- 18. In King Colt's shadow -- 19. The Smith & Wesson moment -- 20. Of silk and steel -- 21. A gathering rush for weaponry -- 22. Call to arms, any arms -- 23. Catching up to war: 1862 -- 24. A baron's bid for dynasty -- 25. The Henry or the Spencer? -- 26. Gettysburg -- 27. A living sheet of flame -- 28. No better friend, no worse enemy -- 29. The wages of peace -- 30. Centennial -- 31. Sacred iron -- Epilogue.
Subject Firearms -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Gunsmiths -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Colt, Samuel, 1814-1862.
E. Remington & Sons -- History -- 19th century.
Winchester, Oliver Fisher, 1810-1880.
Winchester Repeating Arms Company -- History.
Smith & Wesson -- History.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Firearms -- History -- 19th century.
Firearms industry and trade -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Title Weapons that transformed America and the men who invented them
ISBN 9781250266866 (hardcover)
1250266866 (hardcover)
9781250266873 (ebook)
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