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By John O'Bryan

At some point a prehistoric man picked up a rock and threw it at anything. And the historical past of guns all started. Comedy author and weapon nerd John O'Bryan relays the freaky highlights of man's centuries-old obsession with weaponry. He hilariously explains the mace, the morning famous person, and the guy catcher, whereas conveying genuine information regarding every one weapon: its heritage, makes use of, and badass power. Flipping via history's highlights, readers will know about Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and the "peaceful" Shaolin clergymen. This final compendium of impressive guns grants the entire unusually precise information certain to galvanize anyone who's ever made a gun with their palms and acknowledged, "PEW-PEW-PEW!"

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These people are incredibly diverse. We have lawyers, scientists, businessmen, entrepreneurs, pilots, policemen, butchers, creative directors for ad agencies, technicians, farmers and mechanics of all types. All these people happily put on hold their jobs, and their lives to a high degree, to serve with their unit. That's pretty special. They are true volunteers, and the next 21 KEEPYOVR HEAD DOWN few months were sure to test their resolve and commitment to their decision. Nobody demanded that I deploy to AFG with 2 Commando Company.

You decide yourself whether you want to attend, and then commit yourself (an oddly ironic turn of phrase). This is a strange system when you think about it, where the unit which has been given the responsibility to go to war-in our case, as the special-operations option in a difficult and dangerous area-then has to ask people to be part of it, and has no way of making their personnel support the mission. In a regular army unit this is not so: your unit is deploying and, if you are a member of that unit, you are deploying, too.

If not an outright change, then at least I wanted people in AFG to know that the rest of the world considered their situation, and was trying to help. I was trying to help. 31 KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN REASON 6 How could it be that the mighty us war machine, indeed the coalition, was incapable of routing the INS and establishing order in AI'G? I wanted to know why. I remembered th~ decisive victories immediately after the initial invasion, seemingly easy by military standards, and wondered how the coalition could not have .

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