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28 July 2007

Guardian (UK), Book review

AK47: The Story of the People's Gun, by Michael Hodges, 226pp, Sceptre, £16.99 There was a hint, I thought, or wished, of a Russified Jack London in the childhood and adolescence of Mikhail Kalashnikov. The expanses of Siberia standing in for the Pacific north-west perhaps; there was an old rifle for hunting in the woods; the mysterious gift of an American Browning revolver, to be wondered at, taken apart and cherished; an artisan's fascination with mechanical things;... (

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