Peter Hathaway CapstickGents,
Apart from frequent discussions on reccomended books, on this forum, let me ask following:
1. Who is your favourite gun writer today?
2. Who is your favourite gun writer in history?
For me, in order of prefernce:
Dave Petzal (Field and stream), with fantastic style of writing, and good american sense of humor, which makes him different from all the rest. Being technically oriented - the gun writing buisness, it is hard to keep there literary value and style, within the tecnical subjects of guns, shooting, or hunting. Besides the factual knowledge and experience, this quality makes him my number 1.
Terry Wieland, expert on firearm history, then guns, hunting, etc - nuomerous books and articles.
Craig Boddington - most prolific gun writer today, books, magazines, but most important of all, producing most updated contemporary information about African safari today.
John Pondoro Taylor
Ernest Hemingway (except, he is not gun writer by proffesion, but writer, short story writer, journalist, big game fisherman, boxer, nobel prize winner, passionate shotgunner, BUT qualifies well in this subject, too )
And, all these three are most quoted authors even today. I enjoy reading them.
"In for a penny, In for a pound!" If someone writes a terrific book (on their own) and prospers from it, God Bless them! IF they write it because it was assigned to them for a paycheck (free black guns/ammo) as an MSM clerk to sell something to line the 1%'ers pockets, it's completely watered down. (It's the same process by which Joe Biden got elected). You raise an interesting thought: As a result of absolutely not enjoying Horn of the Hunter, I wasn't in a hurry to read Something of Value. Now, the meaning of the title of that book I subscribe to entirely. When I find time in-between making my own $ and spending it on wildlife conservation as I choose (not often from succumbing to ads), I have promised myself to read it (I might have to borrow a copy from someone else, as I believe I was taken last time!) I for one am NOT for corporate committee coca-cola being produced and sold en-masse...the resultant quality is subpar, causes health issues, and is for-profit only. Ruark helped sell this industry, which I respectfully won't get into, but for a so-called "professional writer," there were so many others better than he. Here's to hoping he was off the beer and gin when he wrote Value. I did see Chuck on tv a few times way back when, but read one of his writings and compare it to Ruark or O'Connor and you'll know straight away he's in a different league (again, I think he may be a professor of literature or english, so his writing style is amongst the best. He is so good at hunting and writing about it, a book was written about him during his lifetime: Life at Full Draw!) LOL And being in the toxic waste treatment business, that's the "filtered" version.Guess you did not see chuck teaming up with Michael Waddell For Bushnell. C’mon CW lighten up! I get the paid influencers but not liking Ruark whether Horn of the hunter or Something of Value. Your a tuff cookie. You do something for a living so every time you talk about it you should be written off as bought and paid for. I’ve lived in Africa and enjoy hearing all points of view. Your smart enough to be your own filter but still a little stiff!