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Gravesend, Kent, England: World Ship Society, 1999. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. 243,  pages. Illustrations. List of tables. Notes to Data Tables. Abbreviations. Bibliography. Index. Slight wear. Sir W G Armstrong Whitworth & Co. Ltd was a major British manufacturing company of the early years of the 20th century. With headquarters in Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Armstrong Whitworth built armaments, ships, locomotives, automobiles and aircraft. The company was founded by William Armstrong in 1847, becoming Armstrong Mitchell and then Armstrong Whitworth through mergers. In 1927, it merged with Vickers Limited to form Vickers-Armstrongs, with its automobile and aircraft interests purchased by J D Siddeley. In 1847, the engineer William George Armstrong founded the Elswick works at Newcastle, to produce hydraulic machinery, cranes and bridges, soon to be followed by artillery, notably the Armstrong breech-loading gun, with which the British Army was re-equipped after the Crimean War. In 1927, it merged with Vickers Limited to form Vickers-Armstrongs.
New York: The New Press, 1999. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. ix, , 258,  pages. Tables. Notes. Index. Some red marks on rep. Tom Diaz is an American writer, lawyer, and public speaker on the gun industry and gun control issues. He was formerly senior policy analyst at the Violence Policy Center and is one of the more prominent advocates for a strict system of federal gun control in the United States. His father was a career soldier but spending most of his time in the military. Tom Diaz is a graduate of the University of Florida and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of the Law Journal. He has been in private and government practice since 1972. He was a gun enthusiast and NRA member until while working as a Congressional staffer he did research on gun legislation and interviewed victims of gun violence. Mr. Diaz was counsel to the Congressional House Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice from August 1993 to January 1997. During that time, he was the lead Democratic counsel in the House on firearms and terrorism, but worked on a range of other issues. Diaz was assistant managing editor of The Washington Times from 1985 to 1991. From 1991 to 1993 he worked at a think tank specializing in international organized crime and counter-terrorism. From 1993 to 1997 he was the lead Democratic counsel on counterterrorism and firearms issues for the Crime Subcommittee of the U.S. House of representatives, helping write key antiterrorism and gun control legislation. He was also the lead Democratic counsel during 10 days of House hearings in 1995 on the events at the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas in 1993.
Harrisburg, PA: The Stackpole Company, 1953. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. Format is approximately 8.25 inches by 11.25 inches. 470,  pages. Worn DJ in plastic sleeve. Endpaper plans, Illustrations. Bibliography and Sources. Index. Inscribed by the author on the title page to General C. T. "Buck" Lanham. The inscription read For General C. T. "Buck" Lanham--may he be not 'hoist by his own petard"--with the compliments of Bill Edwards, May 1956. Major General Charles Trueman Lanham (September 14, 1902 – July 20, 1978), known as "Buck", was an author, poet, and professional soldier in the United States Army, winning 14 decorations in his career. After retiring from the military, he was active in corporate business. He is the model for one of Ernest Hemingway's heroes, and in life was a close friend of the author. He was a short story writer and published poet (writing sonnets for several magazines) as well as a soldier. He included among his many military adventures the command of the U.S. 22d Infantry Regiment in Normandy in July 1944, and was the first American officer to lead a break through the Siegfried Line on September 14, 1944 near Buchet. These developments were described by Hemingway in his article War in the Siegfried Line. He led a breakout in the Battle of the Bulge after surviving the Battle of Huertgen Forest. It was in the Normandy battles that Lanham and Ernest Hemingway first met, and Hemingway went with Lanham to Huertgen. Hemingway was doing battlefield stories for Collier's and sought assignment with Lanham's regiment. Hemingway described Lanham as "The finest and bravest and most intelligent military commander I have known."
Minneapolis, MN: Blue Book Publications, Inc., 2013. Thirty-Fourth Edition [stated]. Trade paperback. 2408 pages. Illustrations. Glossary. Reference Sources. Proof Marks. Trademark Index. Index. Cover has slight wear and soiling. This is a snap-shot, during the opening period of the twenty-first century, not only of gun values, but of hunting and other sports, collecting, repairing, and attitudes toward gun rights. Steven Peter “S.P.” Fjestad was introduced to firearms and hunting at a young age. Steve attended the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University and he began working for Burgess Construction Company, who were building the interstate at that time. His love of firearms would become his life’s work after he began attending shows on the gun show circuit. It was obvious Steve had a knack for firearms as he bought a Winchester Model 21 Grand American in 1976 on layaway, while working road construction- something worth significantly more today. In 1980, Steve moved to Minneapolis and began working as a gun broker with Investment Rarities. A year later, he took over the manuscript of the annual Blue Book of Gun Values. In 1988, Steve and three others founded Blue Book Publications, which over the years expanded into a robust publishing company with more than 100 titles in print and a full online offering. The 40th Anniversary Edition Blue Book of Gun Values was published in early 2019. Steve was into collectibles, specifically fine firearms. Steve authored hundreds of articles that have appeared in American Rifleman, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Guns & Ammo, The Shooting Sportsman, and other magazines as well as making many appearances over the years on TV.