Gun Guys (eBook)


Description


Dan Baum is a gun fanatic. He is also Jewish Democrat who grew up in suburban New Jersey. In Gun Guys, he takes us on a guided tour of gun stores and gun shows, shooting ranges and festivals, contests and auctions, trying to figure out what draws so many of us to guns in the first place. Is it just part of being American?  Introducing a wide cast of characters, Baum shows both sides of the gun culture in America, bringing an entire world vividly to life, and in doing so helping to find a middle ground in the gun debate, where actual conversation can take place.

About the Author


Dan Baum is the author of Nine Lives, Smoke and Mirrors, and Citizen Coors. He was a staff writer for The New Yorker and has written for Rolling Stone, Harper’s MagazineThe New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.

Praise for Gun Guys…


 
“Dan Baum armed himself with an open mind and a .38 Detective Special to see what the armed lifestyle is about. Taking participatory journalism to a debate that rivals abortion as a hot-button topic, he emerged with observations that need to be read by both sides of the highly polarized issue.”
Massad Ayoob, author and use-of-force instructor
 
“You don't have to agree with Dan Baum on everything; perhaps a gun-loving self-described liberal Democrat from Boulder is so unique nobody will. But he has written the most original book on the gun culture yet, fair, funny, and as informed as it is iconoclastic. I urge all my friends, both those in the NRA and those who think guns are evil, to read, learn, laugh, and recognize themselves. Gun Guys is an unlikely bridge for our too-polarized time.”
—Steve Bodio, author of Good Guns Again, and An Eternity of Eagles.

“Dan Baum’s curiosity about guns and his passion for them pull you deep into this book before you even know how you got there. He has put in the heft of a firearm and the smell of gunpowder and the heedless pleasure of shooting, and has produced a beautiful piece of writing.”
—Ian Frazier, author of Travels in Siberia

"Engrossing . . . a thoughtful corrective to the mutual ideological hysteria surrounding the issue of guns in America."
Kirkus Reviews

“[A] well-written, thought-provoking and often humorous account of [Baum’s] road trip through America’s gun culture . . . Gun Guys is the sort of readable, information-rich book that could change minds and help bridge the huge national divide over guns. Let’s hope it finds the readership it deserves.”
—Alden Mudge, Book Page

Publishers Weekly Top 10 Choice in Social Sciences

“Baum’s skill as a writer and journalist is revealed . . . [A] balanced accounting of both sides of America’s gun issue, and while Baum doesn’t have all the answers, his solution that both sides come together to promote gun safety is both admirable and prudent.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Dan Baum may be exactly what America needs right now: a liberal journalist with a gun . . . [F]or those who prefer humorous, literate and honest discussion about [guns] to frothy ranting, Gun Guys will hit the spot.”
—Michael Merschel, Dallas News

“The gun issue is about to find a new ambassador in Dan Baum . . . [Baum is] the perfect tour guide for a well-timed trek through gun culture in modern America . . . an insightful exploration that brings some much-needed humanity to gun lovers and gun haters . . . a thoughtful, well-reasoned antidote to the polarized hysteria that currently passes for a national gun debate. By the end of the book, Baum arrives at something that feels truly fresh: a middle ground on guns.”
—Lily Raff McCaulou, San Francisco Chronicle

“Vivid . . . Baum can still shoot, as demonstrated by a riveting chapter on some arduous gunfight training he endures. But more important, Baum can write. Schlepping among the gun lovers with this guy is unfailingly diverting as well as illuminating.”
—Daniel Akst, Newsday

“[Gun Guys] is interesting and funny. But most of all it is enlightening.”
—Beaufort Observer
 
“[S]mart and informative—an education for anyone the slightest bit curious about why gun owners are so passionate about their guns. Dan Baum's stories are alive, engaging, and earnest.”
—Geri Spieler, New York Journal of Books

“[A]n evenhanded and witty exposé of hardcore firearms culture and gun control controversies . . . [B]aum hones and polishes his investigation like he would an antique Winchester.”
—Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe
 
“As a writer, Baum doesn’t have it in him to lay down a dull sentence. His sketches of the people he meets (not all of them white, and not all of them guys) are charming and funny . . . [W]ise, considered, delectably written, fun to read and wholly lacking in tendentiousness, and thus likely to deepen anyone’s thinking on the subject.”
—Craig Seligman, Bloomberg News

“[P]itch-perfect . . . a thoughtful, even-handed look at a subject that tends to raise the hackles of people on both sides of the gun-control debate . . . Baum should be applauded for his intellectual honesty.”
—Doug Childers, Richmond Times-Dispatch

“[A] provocative, probing and frequently funny journey deep into the mentality of the approximately 40 percent of Americans who own guns . . . Strong words from a strong writer, straddling a great divide and maybe through this book helping to bridge it.”
—John Wilkens, U-T San Diego 
 
“[T]horoughly entertaining and provocative.”
—Bill Eichenberger, Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
“[A] wonderfully guileless and open-minded guide to American gun culture . . . Baum, a fearless reporter of sharp eye and witty phrase, has done a public service.”
—Carlo Wolff, The Christian Science Monitor

“[F]ascinating, intelligent . . . a necessary, insightful dose of down-the-middle reporting on a debate largely defined by extremes.”
—Chuck Leddy, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Who better to give us a fair, middle-of-the-road, see-both-sides portrait of the psyche of gun lovers? [Baum is] one of them. But at the same time, he’s not . . . That’s what makes this book so great. Baum, a master of self-deprecating humor, pokes fun at himself as the guy with glasses and pleated pants who struggles to blend in with the gun crowd, even with his NRA baseball cap on. He’s also none-too-shy about deprecating others, especially knee-jerk gun-control activists and cliché-spouting “gun guys,” both sides settling for easy answers and inaccurate stereotypes of their opponents . . . Baum gives the readers fresh perspectives, taking the gun debate well beyond the usual loud, angry and simplistic arguments.”
—Gene Warner, The Buffalo News

 “Baum’s perspective as a liberal who loves guns allows him to write with refreshing clarity about an issue that is usually addressed only from one side or the other of a deep cultural divide . . . briskly paced, personal, funny, and engrossing . . . readers interested in a fresh perspective on a divisive issues will be pleased.”
—Rachel Bridgewater, Library Journal

Product Details ISBN-13: 9780307962218
Published: Vintage, 03/05/2013
Language: en


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