One day a prehistoric guy picked up a rock and threw it at something. And the history of weapons began. Comedy writer and weapon nerd John O'Bryan relays the freaky highlights of man's centuries-old obsession with weaponry. He hilariously explains the mace, the morning star, and the man catcher, while conveying factual information about each weapon: its history, uses, and badass potential. Flipping through history's highlights, readers will learn about Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and the "peaceful" Shaolin monks. This ultimate compendium of awesome weapons delivers all the surprisingly true details sure to impress anybody who's ever made a gun with their fingers and said, "PEW-PEW-PEW!"
|Publisher:||Chronicle Books LLC|
|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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Encyclopedic catalogue of weapons, sophmoric dialog with regular use of f-bombs to prove how mature we are
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