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American Forum - Glock and Gun Culture in America

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Paul M. Barrett
March 19, 2014
11:00AM - 12:30PM (EDT)

Paul M. Barrett
Paul M. Barrett

Television Broadcast: April 6, 2014

PAUL BARRETT'S book, Glock: The Rise of America's Gun, is the inside account of how the now legendary Glock pistol became the weapon of choice for law enforcers and law breakers in the U.S., and a compelling chronicle of the evolution of gun culture in America. Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, the Glock pistol arrived in America at a fortuitous time when law enforcement agencies needed a new gun. Barrett examines the place of gun ownership in American society with research and detachment, and provides a sober voice as the nation still wrestles with the aftermath of Sandy Hook and other notorious mass shootings.

Barrett is the author of two other acclaimed books: American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion and The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America. He is assistant managing editor of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine and writes for the New York Times Sunday Book ReviewPhoto Credit: David Rudes

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