Book review: “Military History: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Objects of Warfare”

“Military History: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Objects of Warfare,” a colorful coffee-table book filled with the weapons of military battles, will make a grand addition to the libraries of history buffs.
BY DENNIE HALL Published: March 10, 2013
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A colorful coffee-table book filled with the weapons — primitive and sophisticated — of military battles will make a grand addition to the libraries of history buffs.

“Military History: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Objects of Warfare” (DK Publishing, $50) is touted as catalogs of weapons, armor and equipment, organized by era and type.

Although its 448 pages are mainly filled with pictures on slick paper, text puts everything in perspective.

Timelines, stories and descriptions begin with ancient times and come all the way to the present.

Medals given in war offer beauty amid the weapons of terror. Uniforms and swords are fascinating as are descriptions of the growth of air power.

Appropriately enough, the final two pages are devoted to combat in Afghanistan. Never having been there, I'll just have to take the word of others that the country has some scenic spots. The picture on the last page looks just as desolate as my mind dictates.

Some of the great warriors and personalities connected with war are pictured on the cover. Included are Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Catherine the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Such a large book is a burden to hold and turn the pages, but it furnishes hours of enjoyable viewing.

Dennie Hall