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A History of the World in 100 Weapons

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Now available in a keepsake edition, this highly illustrated giftbook shows the progress of weapon technology through the ages.

From military history specialists Osprey Publishing, A History of the World in 100 Weapons tells the stories of the hundred definitive weapons whose effects have been the most revolutionary, changing the way war is waged and the very world we live in. From the gladius of ancient Rome to the AK-47, all 100 are revealed in an array of sumptuous color ...

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Overview

Now available in a keepsake edition, this highly illustrated giftbook shows the progress of weapon technology through the ages.

From military history specialists Osprey Publishing, A History of the World in 100 Weapons tells the stories of the hundred definitive weapons whose effects have been the most revolutionary, changing the way war is waged and the very world we live in. From the gladius of ancient Rome to the AK-47, all 100 are revealed in an array of sumptuous color photographs and contemporary images. Compiled with the assistance of some of the leading military historians, this revised volume reveals not only the weapon itself but who wielded it and where, clearly explaining the blow-by-blow advance of military technology and expertise across the ages.

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"Author and military historian Chris McNab leads readers on a thrilling (albeit gut-wrenching) trail up the Mountain of Warfare... Facets of long-unused forging methods are brought back to life in a way that could even distract middle-schoolers away from their smartphones, for each weapon's tale is related much in the fashion of sitting at one's grandfather's knee, listening to dark tales of the trenches (sans embellishment)."
—Meredith Greene, San Francisco Book Review

"This splendid romp through the history of warfare can be recommended as both fun and thought-provoking" — Military Times

"This book would be a very handy reference for anyone who wishes to quickly look up everything from the English longbow to various types of swords, the flintlock musket, aircraft and ballistic missiles. The reader will not only find a wealth of nuts and bolts details, but also concise accounts of how each weapon revolutionized warfare and impacted the course of history." —Toy Soldier & Model Figure magazine

"The fascination of of [this book] lies in how human ingenuity has learned from past achievements going back centuries to deliver destructive power ever more efficiently. This enlightening book, cleverly focused on just 100 weapons, is able to provide full detail, offering a clear and vivid history."
—www.SirReadaLot.org 

"A very engrossing read ... I give this book my highest recommendation."
—Ken McDevitt, IPMS/USA

"Any serious military strategy collection must have this [book]."
—The Midwest Book Review 

"McNab delivers both an engaging and easy read for anyone interested in military history."
—Rachel E. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472803467
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Series: General Military Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 762,808
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris McNab is an author and editor specializing in military history and military technology. To date he has published more than 40 books, including A History of the World in 100 Weapons (2011), Deadly Force (2009) and Tools of Violence (2008). He is the contributing editor of Hitler's Armies: A History of the German War Machine 1939-45 (2011) and Armies of the Napoleonic Wars (2009). Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, magazines and newspapers, and he lives in South Wales, UK. The author lives in Wales, UK.

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