The Illustrated History of Weaponry: From Flint Axes to Automatic Weapons

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The History of Weaponry is a comprehensive look at the tools of battle. More than 500 photographs of genuine specimens were specially commissioned from the 6,000-piece collection of the Berman Museum of World History. The weapons featured span 3,500 years, ranging from Ancient Greece to World War II, and from the Crusades in Europe to the Civil War in the United States and include the traveling pistols of Confederate president Jefferson Davis and a royal Persian scimitar with 1,295 rose-cut diamonds and rubies, and a single 11-carat emerald, set in gold, first owned by Abbas I and given in tribute to Catherine the Great. A variety of rare weapons of espionage and combination curiosa rounds out the selection.The book offers historical perspective, with weaponry on each spread tied to a culture in some significant way, and background on persons significant to the development and advancements of weapons technology or military strategy.

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Chuck Wills is a writer, editor, and consultant specializing in history, especially military history. His work in this area includes books on the Battle of Little Bighorn, Pearl Harbor, and the Tet Offensive, as well as several volumes of an illustrated history of the American Civil War. He also writes on technology, music, and popular culture. His most recent books include Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip (2003), which he co-authored, and Destination America (2005), a history of immigration to the United States—a companion volume to the PBS series. He lives in New York City.

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