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A fast-paced, fascinating and hard-hitting investigation of the gun's lifespan and into our hugely complex relationship with firearms and their undeniable impact.

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Iain Overton is Director of Investigations at the London-based charity Action on Armed Violence and an award-winning investigative journalist who has worked in over eighty countries around the world. Reporting from the killing zones of Columbia, Iraq and Somalia, as a filmmaker he directed documentaries for the BBC, ITN and Al Jazeera, as well as working with the Guardian, the Independent and the Sunday Times. His journalism has won a Peabody Award, two Amnesty Awards and a BAFTA Scotland, among others. He was also founding editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Gun Baby Gun is his first book. Follow @iainoverton on Twitter #GunBabyGun


* A brilliantly researched journey, capturing the gun's strangely accepted place in human life and, far too often, death -- JON SNOW * A gripping book that's as disturbing as it is enlightening -- Charlie Burton GQ * A shocking investigation into our fatal love affair with the firearm Newsweek * Adventurous, ambitiously tracing the often devastating impact of guns around the world ... punctuated with thoughtful discussions on issues such as the second amendment to the US constitution, and women's attitudes towards guns, and contains moments of great poignancy Financial Times * Chilling ... relentlessly engrossing Spectator * A shocking book about the terrible realities of war and weapons Scotland's Sunday Mail * Often dispassionate and aims at nuance, its central conclusion - that we live in a world awash with guns, the consequences of which are largely bleak - is well embedded from the start ... Overton has a journalist's eye for blending anecdote and statistics in service of a broader narrative. Gun Baby Gun covers a great deal of ground, touching on Salvadoran gang violence, Israel's settlements in theWest Bank and the American gun lobby. Its scope is admirable The Skinny

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