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Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun by Erik Larson

Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun

by Erik Larson

Title Details

Unabridged Edition
Running Time
9 Hrs. 9 Min.


This devastating book illuminates America's gun culture - its manufacturers, dealers, buffs, and propagandists - but also offers concrete solutions to our national epidemic of death by firearm. It begins with an account of a crime that is by now almost commonplace: on December 16, 1988, 16-year-old Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9 and several hundred rounds of ammunition tucked in his backpack. By day's end, he had killed one teacher and severely wounded another.

In Lethal Passage Erik Larson shows us how a disturbed teenager was able to buy a weapon advertised as "the gun that made the 80s roar." The result is a book that can - and should - save lives, and that has already become an essential text in the gun-control debate.

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