Trigger Issues: Kalashnikov AK47

Trigger Issues: Kalashnikov AK47

By Gideon Burrows



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Vodka, chess, hip-hop and child soldiers … All these are linked by the Kalashnikov, the iconic but deadly Russian rifle. Some 90 million of these guns exist—and they do not die when their owners do. Now made in dozens of countries it has been fired in hundreds of conflicts since its introduction. It has a terrible claim to fame: the most effective weapon ever invented. Trigger Issues—Kalashnikov explains the arms trade, politics and culture through the grimly fascinating lens of the world’s deadliest weapon and shows how its direct social effects have swept across whole continents. In contrast, campaigns round the world are removing guns from gangs and communities. As they are recycled and made into sculptures might the Kalashnikov one day be seen as a symbol of peace?


Chapter 1 An Icon is Born
Chapter 2 Kalashnikov Chic
Chapter 3 Symbol of VPower
Chapter 4 Weapon of War
Chapter 5 Kids and Kalashnikovs
Chapter 6 Guns for Goats