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The History of Weapons of the American Revolution Hardcover – June, 1976

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Outlet; First Edition edition (June 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517178060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517178065
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Jason Davis on April 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
George C. Neumann's book, The History of Weapons of the American Revolution, may well be one of the best books of its kind. Although the book may be a bit technical for the recreational history buff, its in-depth explanations and excellent photographs of weapons of the colonial period are invaluable to collectors and researching historians alike. Neumann begins by explaining the history of weapons for the previous 150 years leading up to the Revolutionary War. This gives the reader some foundation on which to build his or her knowledge of the weapons of the period. For example, Neumann helps the reader understand the origin of the bayonet, one of the primary weapons used throughout the war, by writing on the previous importance of polearms, pikes, and spears in the military of previous years. This, coupled with explanations of post-war weapon advances, gives the reader a better understanding of the nature of the weapons of the era. This book would be an excellent acquisition for any collector of pre-nineteenth century weapons or American military weapons. It goes into great detail to give descriptions and illustrations of almost any production weapon imaginable from this period, such as pikes, polearms, pistols, muskets, and rifles, including manufactures' symbols, stamps, or identifying marks. Thusly the book could prove to be a gold mine to collectors who need a source of identification for their weapons. The weapons photographed come from many different sources including museum displays, personal possessions, and the author's own huge collection. The historian could find this book valuable for many reasons. For one, this Company of Military Historians endorsed book is one of a rare breed.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lordhoot on March 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I will make this short since the previous reviewer have done justice to the book. Since going over this book, I have to say that everything the previous reviewer have to say is pretty close to the mark. This book is one of the most complete reference coverage of weapons used during the American Revolution.

I would give it five stars but one element, there is nothing on the Indian weaponry in this book. Considering how many pages are devoted to bladed weaponry in this book, you might think that the author could add a tomahawk or two from various Indian tribes who also fought in this war. The previous reviewer missed that one as well and considering how important Indians were in that war and the role they played, missing out on their weaponry proves to be a major oversight.

Otherwise, this book is fantastic addition to anyone interested in the American Revolution. But like the previous reviewer wrote, its more of a reference guide then a history lesson. More you know about the time period, greater the understanding you will get from the book.
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By NESSER BROTHER FAN on July 3, 2014
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OUTSTANDING SELLER AND BOOK
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By Girl from New England on March 16, 2014
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Gave as a gift to my Dad with a few other historical gun books I ordered. He was very happy with the book, it was delivered on time and was in great condition!
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A very nice overview of weapons of the Anglo American wars...a nice comparative work...
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