Thanks for interest in GLOCK: The Rise of America's Gun
Please check out terrific review in today's Washington Post by Mark Keefe IV, editor of the NRA's American Rifleman magazine --
Book review: ‘Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun,’ by Paul Barrett - The Washington Post
Mr. Barrett, I just heard your interview on NPR's "Fresh Air." First, I applaud you for walking into what you had to know would not be a "pro-gun" environment. Second, I commend you for being articulate, informative, and entertaining on the show. You did an excellent job describing the history and significance of the Glock, remained neutral on the political aspects, and were in my opinion a good ambassador for the lawful ownership and use of firearms (even if that was not your intent). My one and only complaint, albeit a minor one, is this:
When Fresh Air host Terry Gross began to describe the "assault weapons" ban of 1994-2004, she said several times that this law made high capacity weapons, such as the Glock, illegal. After her explanation, you agreed, saying (if I recall correctly) "You've got that exactly right." Of course, this is NOT exactly right - only the high (regular) capacity magazines were made illegal. As I say, a minor but important point.
Again, thank you for the book, for the interview, and for being articulate in your explanations of the history, importance, and influence of the Glock, and of firearms in general.
Here is a link to the interview: How The Glock Became America's Weapon Of Choice : NPR
Pretty amazing interview today on NPR's Terry Gross on Fresh Air with Paul Barrett
Ya think? :wink:
Sorry I rushed to post. You beat me to it! ;)
I'd suggest reading the book. It is not what I expected. The whole design and production part of the story was over almost before the book began. I expected a lot more in the way of design info. But, the details that followed made up the difference. The power of modern marketing and the timing of marketing decisions are amazingly important in determining the success of a weapon. S&W really paved the way for Glock by making all the wrong decisions while Karl Walter, the guy who was really the one who made Glock America's gun, was the right man in the right place at the right time. he ended up with 'squat' as the process of making Glock the standard went forward. Say what you like (or don't like) about Glock pistols, they really defined a new reality in citizen (and LEO/military) gun ownership. This was really an amazing book and well worth the time. It should be used in University marketing classes as a superb example of how to market a unique product in a unique social setting.
I love my glock too, but I also love my sig, and many other guns,,,, the book sounds interesting and I'll look for a copy
Interesting read. I remember the plastic gun scare and a few other things in the book. What I didn't know was all of the different people that had embezzled from the company. I guess if you have a company that is almost printing money since it is coming so fast, you can end up with a few folks trying to put their hand in the till to get a bit of the cash action.
Interesting read. I know a lot about Glock, but I learned a little bit more. Gaston picking up .40 S&W ammo at the SHOT show was a good example.
If you're interested in Glock and handguns it is worth reading (I got mine from the library). Not the best read. It starts out interesting, but the book gets caught in the drawstring in the middle and shoots itself in the foot towards the end.
I recommend the book to anybody interesting in the building of a brand and an empire.
I'm reading the book now, just recently started, but I've heard Mr. Barrett"s interview on the Gun Rights Radio Network's Bar Stool discussion. Excellent book and excellent interviews! While I appreciate the Glock family's personal problems and the Glock company's business practice being noteworthy and a good journalistic story, let me suggest that you NOT let this influence your decision as to whether to buy a Glock or not. Buy a Glock if it works for you, or don't buy one if it doesn't. The Glock company business practices and Glock family personal problems are interesting stories, but I've received a few emails from people saying, "I'm not going to buy a Glock" because of what they read in the book.
That's a shame.
I still think America's gun is the M1911...:king:
Paul M. Barrett is going to be featured on CBS Sunday morning this Sunday -- all about the Glock and the SHOT show and gun lust and love and so forth -- set up your DVR (don't miss church) and check it out. I saw it announced last Sunday and it looks like they're taking to the dessert and shooting the G18 and other fun stuff like that. I wonder how political it will be.
I have read the book and recommend it; if anyone wants it PM me with mailing info. and I'll send it along.