The Book of Weapons: Tools of War Through the Agesby Dwight Jon Zimmerman
People have been inventing creative ways to kill each other since the beginning of time. The Book of Weapons covers the entire history, from the earliest, most primitive instruments up to remarkable technology-based advances of today. Comprehensively illustrated and organized chronologically, this fascinating survey covers every important weapon created, ranging from slings and blowguns to improvised explosive devices and amphibious assault vehicles. Packed with fascinating facts and insider anecdotes, The Book of Weapons is perfect for anyone interested in the intersection of technology and warfare.
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Award winning author Dwight Jon Zimmerman continues his production of excellent reference works with THE BOOK OF WEAPONS: TOOLS OF WAR THROUGH THE AGES. From ancient times to the modern era, Zimmerman provides easy to understand background on the most important weapons systems to shape warfare. I particularly enjoyed the presentation format of this book. Each system or topic is presented in the same manner; a one-page text write-up on the left side of the book and a relevant illustration on the right. From the rock to weapons of mass destruction, each subject is discussed in terms of history, technical capability, and contribution to warfare. The language is easy to understand, and both military professionals and layman can follow and learn from this book. Zimmerman also provides coverage of some topics that one might not expect to find here, such as biographies of famous designers and arms dealers, histories of significant defense contractors, and non-lethal weapons. This serves to paint a much more complete picture than many other books with similar content. Military history and weapon enthusiasts will enjoy this book, as will anyone looking to expand their knowledge of the impact weapons have had on history. It was an easy and enjoyable read, and makes a great general reference book on the topic as well. Review by Rob Ballister, Military Writers Society of America Reviewer (January 2010)