The Gun

by C. J. Chivers

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The Gun
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Traces the history of the AK-47 assault rifle, from its inception to its use by more than fifty national armies around the world, to its role in modern-day Afghanistan, discussing how the deadly weapon has helped alter world history.

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A rebel soldier holds an AK-47 assault rifle in the Ivory Coast city of Bouake in 2002. Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The flag of Hezbollah features a fist holding an AK-47. The gun has become a symbol worldwide, says author C.J. Chivers. Stringer/Getty Images hide caption

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