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New Book on the AK47 -Save yr Money

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Joe Gunns, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. Joe Gunns

    Joe Gunns Member

    Jan 9, 2003
    Washington State
    Recently published in England, online copies are only available in Europe at this time. The July 21-27, 2007 issue NEW SCIENTIST mag reviews book AK47: THE STORY OF THE PEOPLES GUN by Michael Hodges. Review is by Paul Cornish, firearms curator @ Imperial War Museum, London. For those unfamiliar with the mag, it is relentlessly liberal on most issues. But, in this case, it seems they asked the right guy to do the review.

    Excerpts: "...the [AK] is crying out for someone to publish a serious study of its cultural and psychological significance. Unfortunately [this] is not it."

    "...Hodges is a journalist...his book is written in a relentlessly journalistic style. ...[He has] imperfect understanding of of the characteristics, history of development and tactical and technical contexts of the weapon...."

    "While Hodges makes many references to the devastating power of the AK47 to wound, in fact the original AK ammunition was one of the most benign of post-war cartridges in terms of its terminal ballistics.... Only when it was redesigned ... did [it] become as devastating as other equivalent weapons."

    "...the story of the development of the American M16 rifle is garbled."

    "The eight chapters are loosely linked pieces of reportage redolent of colour-supplement feature articles about places AKs have been used and people who have used them. Internal contradictions suggest that these were stitched together in haste. " He notes that at different places the AK is both "heavy to carry" and "incomparably light," and that selector lever settings are given incorrectly at one place and correctly at another.

    He observes that the book is poorly edited with obvious misspellings.

    Biographical info on Kalashnikov "...appears to lean heavily on [his] own memoir."

    "Although Hodges fails to offer us much in the way of analysis, he is a willing participant in the making of the AK myth, while simultaneously using the AK brand to market his own journalism."

    See full review here:

    Sounds like a long and polite way of saying, "Liberal crap."
  2. WeedWhacker

    WeedWhacker Active Member

    Mar 30, 2006
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    I wonder how many of those "internal contradictions" stem from the fact that many, many countries have made AK-pattern weapons.

    Case in point: my favorite rifle, the Israeli Galil, is freakin' heavy. A standard stamped AK is rather light.
  3. El Tejon

    El Tejon Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Lafayette, Indiana-the Ned Flanders neighbor to Il
    Hodges' book is schlock. Didn't we have a couple of threads here about it?

    The book review shows on CNN and the like were very funny. Two ignorant East Coast Eloi talking to each other about something that they have no experience with. Reminded me of a couple of 8th graders talking about sex.:D
  4. Durruti

    Durruti Member

    Jul 17, 2006

    Yeah, I hate it how liberals always incorrectly label the selector positions on the AK :rolleyes:
  5. Warren

    Warren Senior Member

    Apr 5, 2004
    Northern California
    Damn them.

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