Friday, October 5, 2012

Kindred Review: The Gatling Gun

Love of reading runs in the family! Today, I'm featuring one of my dad's recent reads. 

Rating:  2.5 out of 5 boxes

As an aficionado of military arms and a mechanical engineer, I have always viewed the Gatling gun with fascination:  a weapon ahead of its time. Dr. Richard Jordan Gatling’s invention has also been used in Hollywood films since 1939, including The War Wagon, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, and The Outlaw Josey Wales.

Although schooled as a medical doctor, Dr. Gatling found pleasure in mechanisms. Ironically, his main purpose for inventing this powerful weapon was to help shorten the war!

The authors obviously dug deep into the history books before writing this book. The book is generous with illustrations, patents and period newspaper articles. Coupled with official military reviews, as well as those of the actual soldiers using the weapon, the history takes on a tangible significance. However, the authors appeared to have ignored proofreading, as the text is fraught with grammatical and spelling errors. While I enjoyed historical content, it was very difficult to read at times. My copy of the book has been relegated to the coffee-table.

Title:  The Gatling Gun
Author:  Paul Wahl & Don Toppel
Genre:  History, Nonfiction
Year: 1965
Book Source: Received as a gift

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