The Russian word that is most frequently spoken throughout the world isn′t Lenin, gulag or perestroika, it′s ′Kalashnikov′. The reason for this is simple: there are 80 million Kalashnikovs in circulation on five continents. Once invented, the AK–47 assault rifle became the most widely used weapon in the world: from Vietnam to Palestine, from Cuba to Iraq, it was at the heart of conflicts and struggles everywhere. It is the only firearm that has ever been depicted on a national flag – that of Mozambique, where it symbolizes liberation. Mikhail Kalashnikov himself, who was born in 1919, here tells his life story, with the help of Elena Joly, for the first time: his deportation to Siberia with his family while still a child; his time as a soldier in a tank regiment; his invention of the world′s most famous weapon and his turbulent life under Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Gorbachev and Yeltsin. This is a remarkable portrait of a man of ingenuity and vitality in the context of the often frightening and terribly unforgiving Russia of the twentieth century.
Author : Mikhail Kalashnikov Release : 2006-10-27 Publisher : Polity ISBN : 0745636926 File Size : 89.40 MB Format : PDF Download : 133 Read : 556