Way of the Gun gets a starred review from US Booklist: “comprehensive… timely and vital reading”
The Way of the Gun (Gun Baby Gun’s title in the US) has had its second (and second starred) review from the US. This time it is from the influential reviewer Booklist.
“We know our country’s worst tragedies by the shorthand of place names: Sandy Hook, Columbine, San Bernardino. As stories of mass shootings and terror attacks grab headlines in the U.S. and around the world, the presence of guns in everyday life is a sobering fact. What makes the gun so alluring? How does one society work to curb gun violence, while another does everything in its power to make guns more accessible? As a BBC and ITN journalist and filmmaker, Overton visited more than two dozen countries where guns and their inherent violence were an integral part of the culture to examine the diverse and divergent ways in which guns gained their foothold. From South Africa to Central America, Norway to the U.S., gun violence is a grim reality. But not all firearms are used for criminal or terrorist purposes, and Overton takes great pains to profile legitimate military, police, and sports users. He also delves behind the scenes to expose the roles lobbyists, manufacturers, and dealers play in making humanity enamored of and dependent upon the gun. With ongoing and escalating discourse on Second Amendment rights and groundbreaking gun control legislation capturing national attention, Overton’s comprehensive study of an increasingly weaponized world provides timely and vital reading.
— Carol Haggas”
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