Books by John Ellis
The Social History of the Machine Gun
by John Ellis
The notion in this book, which is that something that can be hugely lethal can also bring about good, is one that we have to recognise and embrace. No society can prevent the invention of potentially lethal material. What it can do is ensure that it is dealt with within an ethical framework. This book shows that the invention of the machine gun and its deployment was rather badly handled and it has lessons for us.
Interviews where books by John Ellis were recommended
The best books on Ethics in Public Life, recommended by Alex Carlile
The Lib Dem peer says that reading Cicero’s speeches, George Eliot’s novels and Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poems can help us manage the ethical dilemmas of our own historical moment, and provide clues to human nature