Weapons: A Pictorial History

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Weapons is the rich and exciting story of arms through the ages—from the first tied stone thrown by prehistoric hunters to the super bombs of today. Illustrated with the unusually detailed and astonishingly realistic drawings of Edwin Tunis, it is a weapon-by-weapon account of human ingenuity in the invention and improvement of arms for defense and offense. The detailed and engaging text is filled with useful information and anecdotes that bring history to life.

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Overview

Weapons is the rich and exciting story of arms through the ages—from the first tied stone thrown by prehistoric hunters to the super bombs of today. Illustrated with the unusually detailed and astonishingly realistic drawings of Edwin Tunis, it is a weapon-by-weapon account of human ingenuity in the invention and improvement of arms for defense and offense. The detailed and engaging text is filled with useful information and anecdotes that bring history to life.

Tunis begins with the Stone Age, describing its slings and spears, its axes and bows and arrows, and follows developments through to the Copper and Bronze Ages when chariots, swords, and daggers were first produced. He chronicles the advances of the Iron Age, with its stronger swords, helmets, and complicated siege weapons and describes the changing notions of war throughout the ages. From the highly fortified castles of the Normans to the thermonuclear weapons of today, this remarkable history weapons and the warriors who used them is a treasure trove of lore and information.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Describes in text and pictures weapons used through the ages, from the stones of prehistoric man to the bombs of modern times.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle

By means of simple, fact-packed text and hundreds of sharp pen-drawings, [Tunis] covers the subject from the earliest stone axes right down to nuclear fission. Handsomely done.

The New Yorker

Any boy of over ten should relish this lively and authoritative survey of man's weapons... It's a large, handsome, often witty book.

Military Science Book Club Review

Brings history to life... a magnificent treasury of lore and information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801862298
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 151
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Edwin Tunis was a well-known artist, illustrator, and muralist. His work has appeared at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Society of American Etchers, National Academy of Design, and Victoria and Albert Museum. Colonial Living won the 1958 Thomas Alva Edison Foundation Children's Book Award. His other books include Colonial Craftsmen and Colonial Living, also available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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