Gun Baby Gun: A Bloody Journey into the World of the Gun

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This book is Short-listed For The CWA Non Fiction Dagger. "A brilliantly researched journey, capturing the gun's strangely accepted place in human life and, far too often, death." (Jon Snow Every Minute, Of Every Day, Someone Somewhere Is Shot). There are almost one billion guns across the globe today - more than ever before. There are 12 billion bullets produced every year - almost two bullets for every person on this earth. And as many as 500,000 people are killed by them every year worldwide. The gun's impact is long-reaching and often hidden. And it doesn't just involve the dead, the wounded, the suicidal and the mourning. It involves us all. Gun Baby Gun takes the award-winning investigative journalist Iain Overton on a shocking and eye-opening journey to over 25 countries. Meeting people affected by guns from all walks of life - porn starlets who appear as snipers in XXX films, Zionist anti-terror gun trainers, El Salvadoran gangland killers - he unearths some hard truths about the terrible realities of war and gun crime. Harrowing and sobering, it's a riveting expose that anyone with even the smallest interest in how the world really works will want to read.

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Iain Overton is Director of Investigations at the London-based charity Action on Armed Violence and an award-winning investigative journalist who has worked in over eighty countries around the world. Reporting from the killing zones of Columbia, Iraq and Somalia, as a filmmaker he directed documentaries for the BBC, ITN and Al Jazeera, as well as working with the Guardian, the Independent and the Sunday Times. His journalism has won a Peabody Award, two Amnesty Awards and a BAFTA Scotland, among others. He was also founding editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Gun Baby Gun is his first book. Follow @iainoverton on Twitter #GunBabyGun www.gunbabygun.com

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A brilliantly researched journey, capturing the gun's strangely accepted place in human life and, far too often, death -- Jon Snow A gripping book that's as disturbing as it is enlightening -- Charlie Burton * GQ * A shocking investigation into our fatal love affair with the firearm * Newsweek * Adventurous, ambitiously tracing the often devastating impact of guns around the world ... punctuated with thoughtful discussions on issues such as the second amendment to the US constitution, and women's attitudes towards guns, and contains moments of great poignancy * Financial Times * Chilling ... relentlessly engrossing * Spectator * A shocking book about the terrible realities of war and weapons * Scotland's Sunday Mail * Often dispassionate and aims at nuance, its central conclusion - that we live in a world awash with guns, the consequences of which are largely bleak - is well embedded from the start ... Overton has a journalist's eye for blending anecdote and statistics in service of a broader narrative. Gun Baby Gun covers a great deal of ground, touching on Salvadoran gang violence, Israel's settlements in theWest Bank and the American gun lobby. Its scope is admirable * The Skinny * An outstanding achievement * Crime Novel Reader * A thoroughly good book * Bookmunch *

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