The NRA

The Unauthorized History by Frank Smyth

  • Published: Sep 30, 2020

For the first time, the definitive account of Americas most powerful, most secretive, and most controversial nonprofit, and how far it has strayed from its origins. The National Rifle Association is unique in American life. Few other civic organizations are... read more

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Details of The NRA

Exact title of the book
The NRA
Book author
Frank Smyth
ISBN
9781250759979
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
Mar 31, 2020
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

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For the first time, the definitive account of Americas most powerful, most secretive, and most controversial nonprofit, and how far it has strayed from its origins. The National Rifle Association is unique in American life. Few other civic organizations are as old or as large.

None is as controversial. It is largely due to the NRA that the U. S. gun policy differs so extremely some would say so tragically from that of every other developed nation.

But, as Frank Smyth shows, the NRA has evolved from an organization concerned above all with marksmanship and which supported most government efforts around gun control for a hundred years to one that resists all attempts to restrict guns in any way. At the same time, the organization has also buried its own remarkable history. Here is that story, from the NRAs surprising roots in post-Civil War New York City to the defining event that changed its culture forever the so called "Cincinnati Revolt" of 1977 to the present day, where President Donald Trump is the most ardent champion in the White House the NRA has ever had.

For anyone who has looked at access to guns in our society and asked "Why?", this is an unmatched account of how we got here, and who got us here. A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books "The N. R.

A. began as a Reconstruction-era organization "with the mission to improve military preparedness in anticipation of future wars," Smyth says. Its evolution after that into a gentlemens hunting club with an unexpected affinity for wildlife conservation, until Second Amendment absolutists seized power in the 1970s is ably traced by the author, who narrates the audio version of his book in no-nonsense tones." The New York Times "This is the book for anyone who has ever wondered why the United States is incapable of even minor regulation of firearms, despite alarming levels of gun violence and consistent, broad public support for it. Frank Smyth has delivered a clearly-written, diligently-researched, and level-headed answer.

He documents how the NRA, once primarily a sporting group that advocated sensible gun controls, has buried its past, rewritten history, and transformed itself into an enormously influential right-wing force that has elevated gun fetishism into a political ideology that, for many, borders on religion." Mark Bowden, journalist and author of Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo

About author

Smyth is an independent, award-winning investigative journalist specializing in armed conflicts, organized crime and human rights overseas, and on the gun movement and its influence at home. He is a former arms trafficking investigator for Human Rights Watch breaking the role of France in arming Rwanda before its genocide. Smyth is a global authority on journalist security and press freedom having testified to Congress and member states of several multilateral organizations.

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