Author Talk and Book Signing: Jim Rasenberger, “Revolver: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America”

Monday, September 14 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm |

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Rescheduled from May 18

Join us for an exclusive sneak peak of an important new book about Connecticut legend Sam Colt!

In Revolver: Sam Colt and The Six-Shooter That Changed America, Jim Rasenberger — author of The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America’s Doomed Invasion of Cuba’s Bay of Pigs — presents the first major biography of the inventor who introduced repeating firearms to the world. With Colt’s revolver, one could for the first time shoot multiple bullets from a gun without reloading — a revolutionary mechanism that would help spark the American Industrial Revolution and speed the settlement of the West.

Before his untimely death at 47, Colt had built a vast consumer empire comparable to those of Henry Ford, Walt Disney, and Steve Jobs, and his revolver had helped mold the country politically and industrially for generations to come. It was also responsible for some of the most brutal violence in the years before, during and after the Civil War, particularly against Native Americans in the West.

The material for the book was largely drawn from the Samuel Colt Papers at the CHS. In fact, Mr. Rasenberger, who has been a familiar face in the Waterman Research Center over the last few years, will be donating a copy of his notes and bibliography to the CHS to help further future scholarship about Colt.

As part of the evening, we will welcome a representative from Coltsville National Historic Park to update us on the status of the park’s development.

During the event, copies of Revolver will be on sale, and Mr. Rasenberger will be available to sign copies. The book releases to the public on May 26.

FREE for CHS members, $15 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served. Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing rsvp@chs.org or calling (860) 236-5621 ext. 238.

About the Author

Jim Rasenberger is the author of The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America’s Doomed Invasion of Cuba’s Bay of Pigs and High Steel: The Daring Men Who Built the World’s Greatest Skyline. He has written for The New York TimesVanity FairSmithsonian, and The Wilson Quarterly, among other publications. Rasenberger has also written for film and television, including a treatment of High Steel that was adapted as an ABC pilot (Empire State).

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