For 4,000 years weapons, and the warriors who used them, have acted as
the cutting edge of history, using ax, spear, bow, sword, gun, and
cannon to determine the rise of kingdoms and the fall of empires. From
the stone axes of the earliest warfare to the heavy artillery of
today's modern armies, this awe-inspiring book portrays for the first
time the entire spectrum of weaponry. A spectacular, unprecedented
visual reference to the design, function and history of arms and armor
from around the world. Combines specially commissioned photography and
sophisticated design with authoritative text and exhaustive coverage.
Beautifully photographed and richly detailed catalogues display - often
at actual size - all the major types of weapon, from spears to
machine-guns. Profiles the warriors who have deployed the weapons to
devastating effect, from the Roman legionary to the US Navy Seal.
Includes features that showcase individual weapons in stunning detail.