The Washington Post
The Revolutionary War and its musket-loading militias. The frontiersmen and the dangers of the plains. The Wild West, with its righteous cowboys and soulless desperadoes. Patriotism and manhood. Personal protection and individual rights.
The New Republic
In her masterful The Gunning of America, Pamela Haag furnishes a salutary corrective to the perception of the gun’s inevitability in American life by showing its history as a commodity invented and then deliberately marketed and distributed like any other widget or household appliance.
In this fascinating account, Haag (Marriage Confidential) traces the history of America’s gun-making business, arguing that “the tragedy of American gun violence emerged from the banality of the American gun business.
Author of Gunfighter Nation
Most explanations of that culture focus on the motives of the buyers, which range from the practical to the pathological. Pamela Haag’s Gunning of America is an original and insightful work of historical investigation, which shows how gun manufacturers created our so-called “gun culture” through the systematic marketing of their product in an unregulated marketplace.
Founder and CEO of BridgeEdU
The Gunning of America provides an exceptional, fresh perspective about the gun culture in America. Pamela Haag thoroughly examines the history of America’s long term relationship with guns while offering an insightful, informative philosophy as to when and how this love affair began.