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By William Doyle, Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle—fallen hero and no 1 bestselling writer of yank Sniper—reveals how ten mythical weapons eternally replaced U.S. history.

At the time of his tragic loss of life in February 2013, former military SEAL Chris Kyle, the head sniper in U.S. army historical past, was once completing probably the most intriguing missions of his existence: a awesome publication that retold American heritage in the course of the lens of a hand-selected checklist of firearms. Kyle masterfully exhibits how weapons have performed a desirable, integral, and sometimes underappreciated function in our nationwide story.

"Perhaps greater than the other kingdom within the world," Kyle writes, "the heritage of the USA has been formed via the gun. Firearms secured the 1st Europeans' carry at the continent, opened the frontier, helped win our independence, settled the West, saved legislation and order, and defeated tyranny around the world."

Drawing on his unrivaled firearms wisdom and wrestle event, Kyle rigorously selected ten weapons to assist inform his tale: the yankee lengthy rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester rifle, Springfield 1903 rifle, Thompson sub-machine gun, 1911 pistol, M1 Garand, .38 certain police revolver, and the M-16 rifle platform Kyle himself used as a SEAL. via them, he revisits exciting turning issues in American heritage, together with the only sniper shot that became the tide of the innovative conflict, the firearms designs that proved decisive at Gettysburg, the "gun that gained the West," and the guns that gave U.S. infantrymen an area on the planet wars and past. this can be additionally the tale of the way firearms innovation, creativity, and commercial genius has continually driven American history—and power—forward.

Filled with an unforgettable solid of characters, Chris Kyle's American Gun is a sweeping epic of bravery, event, invention, and sacrifice.

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The result is that now consciousness wanders about in this contradiction, and, driven from one side to the other, cannot find satisfaction for itself in either the one or the other. For on the one side we see man imprisoned in the common world of reality and earthly temporality, borne down by need and poverty, hard pressed by nature, enmeshed in matter, sensuous ends and their enjoyment, mastered and carried away by natural impulses and passions. On the other side, he lifts himself to eternal ideas, to a realm of thought and freedom, gives to himself, as will, universal laws and prescriptions, strips the world of its enlivened and flowering reality and dissolves it into abstractions, since the spirit now upholds its right and dignity only by mishandling nature and denying its right, and so retaliates on nature the distress and violence which it has suffered from it itself.

This activity is the rational element which exists as spirit only in so far as it actively drives itself forth into consciousness, yet what it bears within itself it places before itself only in sensuous form. Thus this activity has a spiritual content which yet it configurates sensuously because only in this sensuous guise can it gain knowledge of the content. This can be compared with the characteristic mentality of a man experienced in life, or even of a man of quick wit and ingenuity, who, although he knows perfectly well what matters in life, what in substance holds men together, what moves them, what power dominates them, nevertheless has neither himself grasped this knowledge in general rules nor expounded it to others in general reflections.

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