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, the AK-47 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.
* This is the autobiography of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the world’s most famous gun, the AK-47. * Offers a fascinating history of the weapon’s development and spread throughout the world, as well as a window into the turbulent history of Russian in the twentieth century. * Contains over 30 halftones.