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It's a social history - not a technical manual,
This review is from: AK47: The Story of the People's Gun (Paperback)
I was loaned this book by a friend who said "It's alright, but not very technical".
I think he missed the point somewhat. After reading the book, you can see that it's not supposed to be technical. It is, if you like, a social history of one of the most widely used weapons of our time and uses the weapon as the unifying theme between several people's stories.
The last couple of chapters (covering Iraq and domestic adoption of the weapon in the US) are weak, as if the publisher's deadline was looming, but the chapters covering a child soldier in Africa and the life story of Mikhael Kalashnikov himself are excellent pieces and together make the book worth the cover price alone
So, in summary, if you are expecting a technical manual you'll be disappointed. But it's a good read if you want a window into the lives of the people around the world who use it.