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The Winchester: Legend of the West

The Winchester: Legend of the West
Laura Trevelyan

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The Winchester Rifle, the iconic gun made in New Haven, Connecticut, and sold in its hundreds of thousands around the world, mirrors American expansion at a key period in the young country's history. The lethal repeating rifle became the defining image of America's frontier - and was known amongst Native Americans as "the spirit gun". It represented both the pioneering vigour and the brutal force which conquered the West. Laura Trevelyan explores the history of, and the family behind, this renowned representation of American power. The entrepreneurial drive of Oliver Winchester led the rifle to rapidly assume legendary status not long after its release in 1866, gaining endorsements from the likes of Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and President Teddy Roosevelt. This engaging history sheds light on the story and myth of an American legend.

Author Info

Laura Trevelyan is the New York Correspondent of the BBC. She has worked for the BBC since 1993, reporting for many radio and television programmes including Newsnight, The Today Programme and the Ten O'Clock News. She lives with her husband and children in New York. She is the author of A Very British Family: The Trevelyans and Their World (I.B.Tauris, 2006).

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780764696
Publication Date: 29 Aug 2016
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 228
Width: 155
Illustrations: 18 bw integrated

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