Jack Kelly is the author of Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards & Pyrotechnics (Basic Books) and other popular works of history.
The Invention of the Revolver: The Saga of Sam Coltby Jack Kelly
“Colt anticipated Henry Ford,” the author writes, “in taking an expensive product with a
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Renowned for the invention of the revolver, Sam Colt had a profound influence on American industry. This 5,300-word essay by popular historian Jack Kelly traces the life and inventive genius of one of the most colorful characters of the 19th century.
“Colt anticipated Henry Ford,” the author writes, “in taking an expensive product with a limited market and finding a way to make it practical, popular and cheap.” Pioneering the techniques of mass production and aggressive marketing, Colt made an indelible impact on the commerce of America.
The Invention of the Revolver is a concise, readable, scrupulously researched essay that paints Colt as one of our most ingenious inventors and most flamboyant men of business.
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