Author(s): Larry Kahaner
This is the first ever book on the modern world's most important weapon. It's been called the $10 weapon of mass destruction, and it's done more to change the landscape of modern war than any weapon except the atomic bomb. In every hot spot since World War II, the terrain may change but America's enemy always remains the same: a young man with an AK-47. Designed in 1947, by a Russian World War II veteran, Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 is cheap, light, easy to use and repair, and capable of firing even after being submerged in a rice paddy or baked in the desert sun. In this fascinating book, Larry Kahaner tells the story of this ubiquitous and deadly weapon, contrasting it with the admittedly inferior M-16 and chronicling the role the AK-47 has played in conflicts from Vietnam and Iraq to Rwanda and Colombia. Larry Kahaner (Washington, DC), a former Washington correspondent for "BusinessWeek", and has written for the "Washington Post", "Popular Science", and many other publications. His books include "Competitive Intelligence" (0-684-84404-4).
"A fascinating examination..." (Library Journal, October 15, 2006)
LARRY KAHANER is an award-winning journalist and author of eight books, including the groundbreaking Competitive Intelligence, which was translated into seven languages. He was a Washington correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine and covered the infantry training center at Fort Benning for Knight-Ridder newspapers. Kahaner has been a guest expert on many shows including Larry King Live, NPR's All Things Considered, and CBS Evening News, and his articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the European Magazine, and the Christian Science Monitor.
Acknowledgments.Author's Note.Introduction.1 Protecting the Motherland.2 A Reputation Born in the Rice Paddies.3 Pandora's Box.4 The African Credit Card.5 The Kalashnikov Culture Reaches Latin America.6 Kalashnikov and His Gun Visit America.7 The United Nations Takes On the True Weapons of Mass Destruction.8 AK versus M-16: Part 2.9 The Second Selling of the AK.Epilogue: The Last Days of the AK?Notes.Index.