Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel : The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It
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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- Paperback | 294 pages
- 138 x 213 x 18mm | 263g
- 26 May 2009
- Penguin Books
- New York, NY, United States
- Illustrations, black and white
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" A lively and well-informed biographical study . . . Keller's great gift, along with sprightly prose . . . is contextualization."
About Julia Keller
Julia Keller is a Pulitzer Prize-winning write, educator, and former journalist. Schools she has taught at include Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Chicago. She has served four times as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, and won a Pulitzer Prize of her own in 2004 for her work with the Chicago Tribune. She is the author of the nonfiction book Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel and several works of fiction.