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From Rocks to Rockets: Arms and Armies through the Ages
William Gilkerson takes the broad, sweeping history of the human race and puts it in story and pictures that are at once meaningful, sometimes profound, and always funny. His pen takes us from cave men with rocks, to modern bombs and rockets, and depicts the chaos throughout. First published in 1963, we are delighted to bring this amusing and glorious look at arms and armi ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Osprey Publishing
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A wonderful book looking at the progress (?) through history of man finding better ways to kill himself. Although it can be read quickly, one must take time to peruse and ponder the delightfully humorous illustrations. In many cases, Gilkerson makes one aware of Shakespeare's "hoist with one's own petard." (Look for it.) The final two pages raise interesting questions.