Drury, an editor of Combat & Survival (a subscription-only British periodical devoted to military uniforms and gear), and Gibbons, author and illustrator of books on battleships and Civil War naval history, have composed the only book on the Civil War to date that describes small arms (handguns and rifles), field and siege artillery, naval ordinance, and ships. The strong point of the book are Gibbons's excellent illustrations (over 400 in color), which not only portray the weapons of the Union and the Confederacy but also provide unique perspective drawings of battles and landscape and cross sections of weapons, forts, and naval vessels. Drury's text offers insight into how modern technology would alter future tactics--the Civil War being the first experiment in modern warfare. No other single volume on Civil War weapons contains information on so many different weapon systems. Recommended for all collections.-- Richard Nowicki, Emerson Vocational H.S., Buffalo, N.Y.