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Greek Fire, Poison Arrows and Scorpion Bombs by Adrienne Mayor
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Mar 08, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: audible-version, a-plus-story, a-plus-writing, a-plus-narration, genre-nonfiction, genre-history, theme-current-events, theme-military
Read in January, 2011

So what is your interest? Botany, chemistry, entomology, animal behavior, military strategy, history, current events? Whatever it is, you will probably feel this book was written just for you. It's well written, gives tons of examples poisons used in history and ties it all up neatly with events of the recent past. The author does an excellent job of showing how antiquity and current events are not so far apart.
Just an FYI, some stories of poison use are clever and some are tragic. Many stories are not for the squeamish but some answer questions that plaque me daily,,, like how do you get scorpions inside a clay thingamabob so you can throw a scorpion bomb?

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