Gun Barons: The Weapons That Transformed America and the Men Who Invented Them

Gun Barons: The Weapons That Transformed America and the Men Who Invented Them

by John Bainbridge Jr.
Gun Barons: The Weapons That Transformed America and the Men Who Invented Them

Gun Barons: The Weapons That Transformed America and the Men Who Invented Them

by John Bainbridge Jr.

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Overview

John Bainbridge, Jr.'s Gun Barons is a narrative history of six charismatic and idiosyncratic men who changed the course of American history through the invention and refinement of repeating weapons.

Love them or hate them, guns are woven deeply into the American soul. Names like Colt, Smith & Wesson, Winchester, and Remington are legendary. Yet few people are aware of the roles these men played at a crucial time in United States history, from westward expansion in the 1840s, through the Civil War, and into the dawn of the Gilded Age. Through personal drive and fueled by bloodshed, they helped propel the young country into the forefront of the world's industrial powers.

Their creations helped save a nation divided, while planting seeds that would divide the country again a century later. Their inventions embodied an intoxicating thread of American individualism—part fiction, part reality—that remains the foundation of modern gun culture. They promoted guns not only for the soldier, but for the Everyman, and also made themselves wealthy beyond their most fevered dreams.

Gun Barons captures how their bold inventiveness dwelled in the psyche of an entire people, not just in the minds of men who made firearm fortunes. Whether we revere these larger-than-life men or vilify them, they helped forge the American character.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250266866
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/24/2022
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 265,721
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John Bainbridge, Jr. is a freelance writer and former reporter for The Baltimore Sun and Legal Affairs Editor for The Daily Record in Maryland. He coauthored the nonfiction book, American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman and the Shoot-out that Stopped It (Simon & Schuster 2005). Bainbridge has also written for magazines, including Smithsonian and Audubon. He practiced law in the private sector, served as a law clerk for judges on Maryland’s highest court, and worked as a Maryland Assistant Attorney General.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters
Introduction
1. Devil Yack
2. Rise of the Showman
3. Master of Steel
4. Mobtown
5. From Bayonets to Guns
6. The Indentured Brother
7. Revolution in the Blood
8. Eyes West
9. Crafting a Warrior’s Tool
10. Walker Gets His Colts
11. The Fall of Edwin Wesson
12. The Wrath of Samuel Colt
13. Conquering the Evil Collar
14. To London ’midst Iron and Glass
15. Perfection in the Art of Destruction
16. Evolution
17. A New Organ of Destructiveness
18. In King Colt’s Shadow
19. The Smith & Wesson Moment
20. Of Silk and Steel
21. A Gathering Rush for Weaponry
22. Call to Arms, Any Arms
23. Catching Up to War: 1862
24. A Baron’s Bid for Dynasty
25. The Henry or the Spencer?
26. Gettysburg
27. A Living Sheet of Flame
28. No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy
29. The Wages of Peace
30. Centennial
31. Sacred Iron
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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