The Winchester

The Winchester

The Gun That Built An American Dynasty

eBook - 2016
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Yale University
Arguably the world’s most famous firearm, the Winchester repeating rifle was one of the first to fire continuously without needing to be reloaded after every round. Laura Trevelyan, a descendant of the Winchester family, offers an engrossing personal history of the colorful New England clan responsible for the creation and manufacture of the “Gun that Won the West.” Trevelyan chronicles the rise and fortunes of a great American arms dynasty, from Oliver Winchester’s involvement with the Volcanic Arms Company in 1855 through the turbulent decades of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She explores the evolution of an iconic, paradigm-changing weapon that has become part of the American culture; a longtime favorite of collectors and gun enthusiasts that has been celebrated in fiction, glorified in Hollywood, and which earned ringing endorsements from the likes of Annie Oakley, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, and the Native American tribesmen who called it "the spirit gun."

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016
ISBN: 9780300225655
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
TS536.6.W55 .T748 2016eb
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Oct 03, 2016

Ms. Trevelyan has written a most fascinating and superlative record of the Winchester Company, recounting it as perhaps only an insider could [she's a Winchester family descendant].
The BBC correspondent [born British] conveys quite a bit of arcane American history which should wow any American history - - or weapons/munitions' history - - fan!
Highly recommended. [A photo of Sarah Winchester's home should prove mind boggling to any modern architect and house builder!]


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