• The Guns of John Moses Browning

  • The Remarkable Story of the Inventor Whose Firearms Changed the World
  • By: Nathan Gorenstein
  • Narrated by: Michael David Axtell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (237 ratings)

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The Guns of John Moses Browning

By: Nathan Gorenstein
Narrated by: Michael David Axtell
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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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  • 07-02-21

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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Amazing

Absolutely a phenomenal book. If you're interested in firearm history, I highly recommend it. Everyone knows the iconic firearms of Browning, 1911, BAR, M2 but what I don't think is known, is his humble beginnings as gunsmith and the son of a frontiersman in Utah to the extent of his work selling designs to other major manufacturers such as winchester, Remington and many more. No one man has had a larger influence in warfare from WW2 to present day

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An amazing tale of History!

An absolute pleasure to read, or listen to, only driving me to want to do more research on the topic and about the man. It has opened my eyes to a whole another world of information about firearms and their history that it was not aware existed.

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Very entertaining and informative

As a lifelong firearms enthusiast I was well aware of Browning. I wish however that I listened to this book earlier. I didn’t know John Browning the man, or the story of his brothers. The book chronicles his inventions, but also numerous stories of their actual uses in war and peace. Highly recommended.

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a great compliment to JMB biography

This book is very well done and a great second story line to the JMB biography. it has many revelations previously unknown. Some parts are hard hitting, so in many ways, better than the biography. Read both to get the best perspective of JMB.

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Great narration, greater story.

For anyone who has ever grabbed a handgun, very, very interesting story. Also a screenshot of the rapid changing times of the late 1800-early 1900. Excellent audiobook.

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  • 06-15-22

Historical and entertaining book!!!

What a great book on understanding the history of Browning weapons and its inventor. A extremely written book that for a historical subject kept my interest in the fact I finished in three days. Couldn’t put the book down. GREAT READ AND OR LISTEN!!!!!

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Great tale of a not so well known genius.

Audio was top notch along with the reading. Carting the story to show Browning's impact was a masterful step and made the telling so memorable for me.