Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything And The Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It by Julia Keller

Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything And The Misunderstood Genius Who…

byJulia Keller

Paperback | May 26, 2009

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A provocative look at the life and times of the man who created the original weapon of mass destruction

Drawing on her investigative and literary talents, Julia Keller offers a riveting account of the invention of the world's first working machine gun. Through her portrait of its misunderstood creator, Richard Jordan Gatling-who naively hoped that the overwhelming effectiveness of a multiple-firing weapon would save lives by decreasing the size of armies and reducing the number of soldiers needed to fight-Keller draws profound parallels to the scientists who would unleash America's atomic arsenal half a century later. The Gatling gun, in its combination of ingenuity, idealism, and destructive power, perfectly exemplifies the paradox of America's rise in the nineteenth century to a world superpower.

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Julia Keller is cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune. She is a guest essayist on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and has been a contributor on CNN and NBC Nightly News.
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Title:Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything And The Misunderstood Genius Who…Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.38 × 5.45 × 0.68 inPublished:May 26, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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" A lively and well-informed biographical study . . . Keller's great gift, along with sprightly prose . . . is contextualization."
-Chicago Tribune