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Children's LiteratureSadly, since the dawn of recorded human history records exist of mankind's use of weaponry. Even as the words of this review are read, a number of wars and other acts of destruction involving weapons are taking place at locales across the globe. Weapons appear to always have been a vital and death-dealing part of human existence. Like every other human creation, weapons have a history that features growth and development. Judith Herbst offers readers a concise yet fascinating look at the evolution of weapons and related technology over the ages. Starting with the development of gunpowder and culminating in Weapons of Mass Destruction, Herbst does an excellent job of detailing the progressively more destructive pathway that weapons' research and development has traveled. Throughout the text a combination of illustrations and a streaming timeline that occupies space at the bottom of every page add to the reader's experience. Although there are occasional over generalizations within the text, this is a swiftly readable and enlightening text. Youngsters will come away from Judith Herbst's book with both a greater understanding of the history of weapons and the dangers that are inherent in that evolution. 2006, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 10 to 14.
—Greg M. Romaneck