Glock: The Rise Of America’s Gun

The good folks at Random House sent me a copy Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun a couple weeks ago for review.

Short version: Buy a copy, you won’t be disappointed.


First off, it’s an attractive book.  Yes, I’m totally judging it by its cover here.  But really, look at it.

I tip my hat to the graphic artist that used the ugly Glock so strikingly.

I had my doubts about this book when I received it.  I mean, I’m not a Glock girl after all.  I prefer my Smith & Wesson M&P and my FNP over the Glock. Sure, it’s a good, reliable pistol, but the Glock Perfection fanboys just make me roll my eyes.

But they asked me to read and review the book, not to like it.  Honestly, I expected it to be all fawning appreciation of the ‘super gun.’

I could not have been more wrong. Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun tells the intriguing story of Gaston Glock’s transformation from humble curtain rod manufacturer to eccentric billionaire.  And trust me, he’s quite eccentric.  Of course, you can’t tell the story of Glock without meandering through the political climate that surrounded it’s rise. There’s even some sex scandal thrown in the mix.

It’s not some dry history book either.  There are multiple times while reading it that I have laughed out loud.

Note to Paul Barrett,

This is not appreciated.


the cats

Anti-gunners would be appalled to see how Glock not only worked around gun control laws but also used them to his advantage.  Gun bloggers will laugh at the same.  Funny enough, it will probably be the fanboys that hate this book because it doesn’t gloss over the negatives either.

Really, if you are even the slightest bit interested in the evolution of gun culture and politics, you should read this book.

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