Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun

Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun

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By (author) Erik Larson

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  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 18mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 31 January 1995
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679759271
  • ISBN 13: 9780679759270
  • Edition statement: Reprinted edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 343,659

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In this compelling book, centered around a devastating act of violence perpetrated by a 16-years-old boy with a machine gun, Larson not only illuminates America's gun culture--its manufacturers, dealers, buffs, and propagandists--but offers concrete solutions to our national epidemic of death by firearms. "Should be required reading."--Newsday.

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"Larson takes us past the absurd myths, past the numbing statistics, and into the face of reality.... Journalism at its highest." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review "An artful slice of the story of what may be the greatest shame we as a nation have tried... to hide from ourselves.... Fascinating." -- Chicago Sun-Times

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This devastating book begins with an account of a crime that is by now almost commonplace: on December 16, 1988, sixteen-year-old Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9 and several hundred rounds of ammunition tucked in his backpack. By day's end, he had killed one teacher and severely wounded another. In Lethal Passage Erik Larson shows us how a disturbed teenager was able to buy a weapon advertised as "the gun that made the eighties roar." In so doing, he not only illuminates America's gun culture -- its manufacturers, dealers, buffs, and propagandists -- but also offers concrete solutions to our national epidemic of death by firearm. The result is a book that can -- and should -- save lives, and that has already become an essential text in the gun-control debate.