Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression
At the battle of Agincourt, over six thousand noblementhe flower of French knighthooddied in a day-long series of futile charges against a small band of English archers. They charged not simply because they failed to recognize the power of the longbow, but because their whole ethos revolved round an idealized figure of the knight that dated back to Homer: the man of great...more
Robert O'Connell attempts to answer these and many other questions
0' Connell argues that man's creation of weapons is biologically defensible. Most animals developed some form of self-defense mechanism, be it fangs, claws or, in the case of crustaceans, body armor. Intraspecies combat is characterized by symmetrically balanced weaponry and battle follows a specific set ...more
Naturally I was disappointed to see this author who I quickly developed admiration for had only 1 other writing credit to his name, and since 'Of Arms and Men' had be ...more
New research into both history and biology have probably made a few assertions outdated, but for the most part this is a very strong account. For most people, the more interesting developments are the twentieth cen ...more
I'D STRONGLY SUGGEST THIS TO THE MEMERS WHO THINK MUSTARD GAS WAS AN EFFECTIVE WEAPON AND WHO THINK IT IS A NERVE GAS. JFC ENGLISH MAJORS.