Julia Keller, "Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel
August 28, 2008
(Rebroadcast) In the 1860s Richard Gatling invented the machine gun believing it would shorten the duration of war of even eliminate war because of its overwhelming firepower. But history shows that his invention led to an arms race and an escalation in the armaments business. JULIA KELLER decided to investigate the life and times of Richard Gatling for her book, "Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel: The Gun that Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It." Keller is cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer prize.
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