Making this welcome Seattle return is author and popular radio host Thom Hartmann. Four times the winner of Project Censored Awards and the author of over twenty books, he is here with his newest, The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment (Berret-Koehler), the second book of The Thom Hartmann Hidden History Series, following The Hidden History of the War on Voting.
“In this riveting book, The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment, Thom Hartmann exposes the searing social and human costs of a nation awash in firearms. Because it is impossible to understand the present without understanding the past, Hartmann shows how the history of genocide and slavery forms the bedrock of United States history and how the Second Amendment was ratified to preserve that racist framework. The book compellingly examines the myths at the root of modern American gun culture and how that culture emerged in reaction to social and economic changes in the United States, as well as savvy marketing and legal maneuvering by weapons manufacturers. As the humane journalist and thinker that he is, Hartmann makes sure to fuse history and the present by offering an array of realistic and ramifying solutions to ‘cure’ America of its gun violence epidemic.” —Katrina vanden Heuvel.
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