Books: The Guns of John Moses Browning

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A new biographic book of John Moses Browning, a visionary inventor: one of the most prolific firearms designers of all times, and indeed the one who opened the path to the modern Gun Industry.

Books: The Guns of John Moses Browning

Books: The Guns of John Moses Browning

The Remarkable story of the inventor whose firearms changed the World. No other words could sum up in a better way what John Moses Browning represents in the modern gun history, culture and heritage.


Few people are aware that John Moses Browning—a tall, humble, cerebral man born in 1855 and raised as a Mormon in the American West - was the mind behind many of the world-changing firearms that dominated more than a century of conflict. He invented the design used in virtually all modern pistols, created the most popular hunting rifles and shotguns, and conceived the machine guns that proved decisive not just in World Wars I and II but nearly every major military action since. Yet few in America knew his name until he was into his sixties.


In this book The Guns of John Moses Browning, the author Nathan Gorenstein brings firearms inventor John Moses Browning to vivid life in this riveting and revealing biography.


Embodying the tradition of self-made, self-educated geniuses (like Lincoln and Edison), Browning was able to think in three dimensions (he never used blueprints) and his gifted mind produced everything from the famous Winchester “30-30” hunting rifle to the awesomely effective machine guns used by every American aircraft and infantry unit in World War II.


The British credited Browning’s guns with helping to win the Battle of Britain. His inventions illustrate both the good and bad of weapons.


Sweeping, lively, and brilliantly told, this fascinating book that “gun collectors and historians of armaments will cherish” (Kirkus Reviews) introduces a little-known legend whose impact on history ranks with that of the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford.

The Guns of John Moses Browning

336 pages, hardcover

Author: Nathan Gorenstein

Publisher: Scribner (May 25, 2021)

Language: English

Dimensions:‎ 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches

ISBN13: 9781982129217


Nathan Gorenstein is a former reporter and editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he covered city and state politics and produced a wealth of groundbreaking work. He was previously a reporter for the Wilmington News Journal, where he led coverage of Sen. Joseph Biden’s first presidential campaign. He is also the author of Tommy Gun Winter, the story of a Boston gang from the 1930s that included an MIT graduate, a minister’s daughter, and two of Gorenstein’s own relatives. He currently lives in Philadelphia.