It's a truism to say that history is written by the winners. But what is it about the winners that make them so powerful? In this enlightening new book, Chris McNab searches for answers to this question and much more, telling the story of the history of the world through the lens of the weapons used over time.
Arranged by age, McNab details 100 weapons of history in a highly-illustrated format. Among these 100 weapons:
• Roman gladius that helped establish the Roman Empire • Japanese Katana, or Samurai sword • English longbow, used to defeat the French at the battle of Agincourt • Maxim gun • Flying Fortress of World War II - the epitome of US military superiority • bomb on Hiroshima that made a weapon the ultimate deterrent • AK-47 rifle.
A History of the World in 100 Weapons presents each weapon in full detail, exploring the how and why of the weapon's development, the times from which it emerged, how it was used in battle and by whom, and to what extent and impact. details of how and why each weapon was invented, the times they emerged from, how they were used in battle.
Drawing on stories of famous battles, wars and leaders associated with each weapon, McNab presents a vivid history of the weapons themselves and their context in the development of world history.
"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
"This splendid romp through the history of warfare can be recommended as both fun and thought-provoking" -- Military Times
"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
A History of the World in 100 Weapons by Chris McNab