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A “well-researched and very readable new biography” (The Wall Street Journal) of “the Thomas Edison of guns,” a visionary inventor who designed the modern handgun and whose awe-inspiring array of firearms helped ensure victory in numerous American wars and holds a crucial place in world history.

Few people are aware that John Moses Browning - a tall, humble, cerebral man born in 1855 and raised as a Mormon in the American West - was the mind behind many of the world-changing firearms that dominated more than a century of conflict. He invented the design used in virtually all modern pistols, created the most popular hunting rifles and shotguns, and conceived the machine guns that proved decisive not just in World Wars I and II but nearly every major military action since. Yet few in America knew his name until he was into his 60s.

Now, author Nathan Gorenstein brings firearms inventor John Moses Browning to vivid life in this riveting and revealing biography. Embodying the tradition of self-made, self-educated geniuses (like Lincoln and Edison), Browning was able to think in three dimensions (he never used blueprints) and his gifted mind produced everything from the famous Winchester “30-30” hunting rifle to the awesomely effective machine guns used by every American aircraft and infantry unit in World War II. The British credited Browning’s guns with helping to win the Battle of Britain.

His inventions illustrate both the good and bad of weapons.

Sweeping, lively, and brilliantly told, this fascinating book that “gun collectors and historians of armaments will cherish” (Kirkus Reviews) introduces a little-known legend whose impact on history ranks with that of the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford.

©2021 Nathan Gorenstein. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Fascinating Story

When I decided to listen to this book I didn't have super high expectations. I've always been intrigued by Browning, but it never seen a book about his life and work. this book was very well written and historically accurate. I thought I knew a lot about John Browning and his firearms, but I learned a great deal more.

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John Browning (and More)

Kudos! This book was both well written and read and is highly recommended for Browning fans (and would-be fans). It could have been titled “The Guns of John Moses Browning and the History of The World’s Evolving Relationship with Firearms” since it offers a great deal of information about other individuals, past and present arms manufacturers, and the still-significant influence of John Browning (and family) on the firearms community. So much information, in fact, that I plan (after a break to “read” another Audible title) to listen to it again.

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Outstanding for any firearms enthusiast

As a US Army combat veteran and avid firearms enthusiast this is a must read/listen. This truly gives the reader a real insight to Browning life, family, and his inventions. Once finished the reader feel as if Browning is someone relatable, not simply a name or a 100 year old photo of a distant stranger. Most modern firearms incorporate a concept or design the Browning drew up long before many of us or our parents were alive. I'll definitely give this audiobook many listens and recommend to many friends.

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A Great Listen

A very impressive man in the firearms industry, every gun owner should listen to this audio book.

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VERY INFORMATIVE

Never knew how much Jon M. Browning influenced gun design and manufacturing. Very good book.

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Fantastic book

One of the best I've listened to in a long time. And all from a Utah boy - Go Utes!!

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Great and entertaining.

if you wanted to know who John Browning was and the impact of his gun designs this book is it. A lot of great detail on the context of his designs historically too to explain the impetus behind them. Very much enjoyed it as both a gun fan and history buff.

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A MUST READ!!!!

I your a history buff kind of person or into firearms this is a MUST READ. Nathan did a perfect job getting one to understand who John Browning was and the family that surrounded him. Perfect book in every way. Congratulations to the author on a book well done. Thank you.

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My review? All 15 stars!

Legendary creator of sporting and military firearms. Who gave to Marines, Navy, Army and Air Force personnel the tools that are still part of the war fighting trade, #mod-deuce.50cal.

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Such a great "read"!

I knew some of the Browning legacy but this book fills in a lot of gaps!