The Life and Adventures of Colonel George M. Chinn
In Kentucky Maverick, Carlton Jackson details the life of a legendary and highly decorated Marine whose career spanned both world wars, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Chinn's service paired a love of history with a special kind of genius: he documented the history of military technology while designing innovative weapons such as the M-19 automatic grenade launcher, which is still used in the armed forces today. After leaving the Corps, Chinn leaned on his many connections to become the director of the Kentucky Historical Society.
Carlton Jackson's entertaining biography weaves together outrageous tales of gunplay and politics while revealing Chinn's sense of humor, unbending will, and a sense of destiny that could only be fulfilled by a true twentieth-century Renaissance man.
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"Kentucky Maverick is well-designed, well-researched, and well-written. Jackson has developed a schema of portraying the "story" of Chinn's life against the backdrop of the 'maverick.'"—William Ellis, professor emeritus of history at Eastern Kentucky University
"The stories of this Renaissance man will intrigue any Kentuckian."—Kaintuckeean
"[. . .] Kentucky Maverick is an incredibly fun read, with Chinn's wit and unapologetic boldness making his personality jump off the page. Colonel George M. Chinn certainly did enough in his 85 years to fill several lifetimes, and the story of his success is sure to make every fellow Centre Colonel proud."—Centrepiece
"[. . .]This book is not only a tribute to a great and little known Kentuckian, but also to a tenacious historian who died before its publication.
[. . .] This biography of one of the most colorful Kentuckians of all time is a joy to possess and read."—Kentucky Monthly
"[. . .] [H]istorian Carlton Jackson explores Chinn's life and unique brand of brilliance in an account that reads like a dime store adventure novel – equal parts action, accomplishment, and humor. Jackson chronicles his upbringing, military career, and contributions to both the nation and Kentucky. His diverse interests and achievements in both technological and historical advancement made him a Renaissance man. His irreverent humor, larger-than-life personality, and non-conformity made him a maverick."—Northern Kentucky Heritage
"[. . .] No one has characterized and defined Colonel George M. Chinn better than biographer Carlton Jackson [. . .]
[. . .] In addition to Kentucky Maverick being a pleasure to read, it can be said to belong on every serious military reader's bookshelf."—Leatherneck
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