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Glock by Paul M. Barrett
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Apr 24, 12

bookshelves: 2012, non-fiction
Read from April 21 to 23, 2012

This was an interesting read, covering the history of the Glock - how the pistol came to be invented, its rise to prominence in the gun (and social!) world, and various problems that the gun itself and its inventor ran into along the way, from anti-gun challenges to personal struggles.

The author did a good job making this a very approachable book; you don't need to know anything about guns to understand this, as he breaks down the differences in models and such in an easy-to-understand way. It's also written in a manner that, while research-based, is more appealing to the masses than it is scholarly. Perhaps this is a reflection of the book's intended audience: the general public interested in Glocks. It's an easy and quick read overall.

There were a number of interesting facts relayed throughout the book. The invention of the Glock was a huge change in the firearms world because of the inventor's different approach to inventing a gun itself, starting from the beginning rather than improving on old models, focusing solely on utility and not beauty, and the author broke down its rise to prominence in an interesting narrative. I also appreciated the balanced tone of the book overall, with both the pro- and anti- gun lobbies being portrayed fairly equally; likewise, the author does a good job showing how all the Glock executives were smart and put-together while also struggling through issues that cast them in a less-than-favorable light. No one was glorified, although praise did seem heaped upon Gaston Glock himself - but that's to be expected, considering that the book is a history of his invention and its influence.

While I wouldn't consider this to be the ultimate narrative of the Glock, as most events are touched upon but not critically covered in depth, it's definitely an interesting introduction to the Glock's history for casual readers.
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