02/13/2013 05:35 pm ET Updated Apr 15, 2013

Paul M. Barrett's Important Reporting On The Gun Industry

My Kindle edition of Paul M. Barrett's "Glock" says I've only read 20 percent of the book, but I can already tell that this is a really important and enviable piece of reporting. For anyone interested in the gun debate, which is showing no signs of cooling off, what better resource than a recent book that tells the complex story of the gun industry through the vehicle of one controversial company and the strange and interesting people behind it.

The books opens with a harrowing description of a gunfight that resulted in the deaths of three FBI agents, and then turns to a portrait of Gaston Glock, the company's awkward, taciturn founder -- a man who had no particular interest in or knowledge guns and saw his indifference and ignorance as his greatest strength.