From the Roman gladius to the fearsome crossbow and the iconic AK-47, various weapons have played a huge role in shaping the history of humanity, becoming central to the creation and crushing of nations, the shaping countries and moulding the modern world. A History of the World in 100 Weapons tell the definitive stories of the weapons whose effects have been most revolutionary, changing the way war is waged and the very world we live in. Compiled with the assistance of a number of leading military historians this collection of fascinating facts about the weapons, is sumptuously illustrated with colour photographs and contemporary images and reveals information about who wielded the weapon and where is was used, clearly explaining the blow-by-blow advance of military weapon technology and expertise across the ages.
This splendid romp through the history of warfare can be recommended as both fun and thought-provoking -- Military Times "In A History of the Word in 100 Weapons, author and military historian Chris McNab leads readers on a thrilling (albeit gut-wrenching) trail up the Mountain of Warfare... Facets of long-unused forging methods are brought back to life in a way that could even distract middle-schoolers away from their smartphones, for each weapon's tale is related much in the fashion of sitting at one's grandfather's knee, listening to dark tales of the trenches (sans embellishment)." --Meredith Greene, San Francisco Book Review "The fascination of of [this book] lies in how human ingenuity has learned from past achievements going back centuries to deliver destructive power ever more efficiently. This enlightening book, cleverly focused on just 100 weapons, is able to provide full detail, offering a clear and vivid history." --www.SirReadaLot.org (May 2011) "A very engrossing read ... I give this book my highest recommendation." --Ken McDevitt, IPMS/USA "Any serious military strategy collection must have this [book]." --The Midwest Book Review (August 2011) "McNab delivers both an engaging and easy read for anyone interested in military history." --Rachel E. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com
Chris McNab is an author and editor specializing in military history and military technology. To date he has published more than 40 books, including A History of the World in 100 Weapons (2011), Deadly Force (2009) and Tools of Violence (2008). He is the contributing editor of Hitler's Armies: A History of the German War Machine 1939-45 (2011) and Armies of the Napoleonic Wars (2009). Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, magazines and newspapers, and he lives in South Wales, UK.
Introduction/ Ancient World 500BC-AD500 /Medieval World 500-1500/ Early Modern 1500-1800 /Imperial Wars 1800-1914 /First World War 1914-18 /Second World War 1939-45 /Modern Warfare 1945-Present