Firearms enthusiasts know of Winchester’s role in the development of the repeating rifle, yet few have knowledge of the personal dealings involved in creating and growing this world-famous arms-maker. As the great-great-great granddaughter of founder Oliver Winchester, author Laura Trevelyan relates Winchester’s history as only a family member can in The Winchester: the Gun That Built an American Dynasty (Yale University Press, $28). Being privy to the comings and goings of her ancestors through family stories, private letters and factory documentation, she recounts the repeaters’ history while sharing insight into Oliver Winchester—the man—along with that of his progeny, who played important parts in furthering the company after his passing. Revealing the fascinating intricacies of deals, good and bad, she provides a look at an American dynasty that played a pivotal role in the development of our frontier, as well as in world history.
—Phil Spangenberger, True West’s Firearms Editor