The History of Weapons

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Children's Literature
Sadly, 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
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-These volumes help students understand how inventions have shaped our history and our lives. Herbst describes how people have defended their homes, cities, and countries over time and discusses the development of weapons from rocks and sharp sticks to weapons of mass destruction. The book also touches on the gun-control debate. Milton Meltzer's Weapons and Warfare: From the Stone Age to the Space Age (HarperCollins, 1996) is a comparable volume but does not include robotics. Landau covers fire, wind and water, coal and steam, oil and gasoline, electricity, and nuclear energy and explains how developments in these areas powered the Industrial Revolution, changed transportation, and improved the lives of people. The advantages and disadvantages of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources are discussed. Steve Parker's Fuels for the Future (Raintree, 1998) covers much of the same material but lacks the historical connections. Communication describes how the printing press, telephone, radio, television, and the Internet changed how information is conveyed and how people relate to one another. Ian Graham's Communications (Raintree, 2001) contains much of the same information. Medicine gives readers an appreciation for all of the advances that have improved and extended life. Steve Parker's Medicine (DK, 2000) covers similar historical material. Each book includes an epilogue that suggests future advances in its area and a time line that runs along the bottom of the pages. All of them have an attractive layout and ample photos, reproductions, and other illustrative material in color and black and white.-Ann Joslin, formerly at Erie County Public Library, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822538059
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Major Inventions Through History Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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