A History of Weapons: Crossbows, Caltrops, Catapults & Lots of Other Things that Can Seriously Mess You Up

A History of Weapons: Crossbows, Caltrops, Catapults & Lots of Other Things that Can Seriously Mess You Up

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452110547
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 384,361
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John O'Bryan has written for Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender and Disney XD's Motorcity. He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 The First Weapons 8

Chapter 2 It's So Much Easier to Kill People with Metal 26

Chapter 3 Ancient Chinese Secrets 45

Chapter 4 Hemlock & Sodomy [Party with the Greeks) 55

Chapter 5 The Romans: Sick Fucks 64

Chapter 6 …and You Thought Buddhists Couldn't Fight 77

Chapter 7 Barbarians, Byzantines & Beowulf: Europe's Dark Ages 98

Chapter 8 Asia Blows Up 116

Chapter 9 Japanese Beef: Samurai vs. Ninja 125

Chapter 10 Ew! What's that Boil on Europe's Neck?! 145

Chapter 11 Meanwhile, in the Pest of the World 165

Chapter 12 The Age of Discovery: "I Just Discovered How to Blow Your Head Off!" 183

Chapter 13 Fakirs, Thugs & Headhunters 199

Chapter 14 'Merica! Eating Possum & Shitting Freedom 219

Index 230

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A History of Weapons: Crossbows, Caltrops, Catapults & Lots of Other Things that Can Seriously Mess You Up 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent tome of humor in weaponerii, from the earliest evolution of smackdowns to the later technical achievements of giant barrels of whupass. Sure to delight children of all ages and profiency levels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is less a dry history of weapons and more a really funny look at weapons through the ages from a fresh and hilarious perspective! I couldn't put it down. John O'Bryan, the author, is a comedy writer and weapons nerd and this book is the perfect combination of both.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Encyclopedic catalogue of weapons, sophmoric dialog with regular use of f-bombs to prove how mature we are
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this thinking it would be good for my teenage sons, but there is bad language including the f*%^* word several times and we are only part way through it. I don't think they will continue reading it. Mature audiences only
Anonymous More than 1 year ago