The Gun by C.J. Chivers is one of my most referenced and gifted books. I read it on the way to Iraq in 2011. I noticed an EOD Tech eyeing it the entire flight. He was going to Iraq for a few days before heading to Afghanistan. I gave it to him when we landed and immediately ordered a replacement copy. C.J. Chivers is one of the most talented writers working today. He is a former Marine Corps Infantry Captain and a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. He was the New York Times Moscow bureau chief and in my opinion one of the finest journalists of this generation. More than the history of the AK-47, The Gun is the history of modern weaponry and therefore of modern warfare. If you are a student of the gun or of history, this book should move to the top of your stack.