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M D McCullough





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PostPosted: Fri 02 Feb, 2007 11:07 am    Post subject: Book Help/Opinions for Colonial American weapons         Reply with quote

What do y'all think of these books as sources for Colonial/Frontier American weaponry:

"The Knife in Homespun America"
by Madison Grant

&

"Swords & Blades of the American Revolution"
by George C. Newmann

And do y'all have any other suggested reading (tried the site's book store, mainly saw medieval & renaissance era books)?
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Neumann's book is excellent. It was my first sword book, and it is still my favorite. Have you read the review(s) of it in the myArmoury bookstore? Here is a link to another review. The book has a nice broad scope, but supplies plenty of smaller details as well. Neumann covers bayonets, swords, knives, axes, and polearms. One of the things I like about Neumann's book is that he suggests that there is more to learn from arms and armor than just the martial aspects--for example one can learn about international trade, etc. based on where the weapons were made and who ultimately used them. I can't recommend it enough. The price on amazon is rather steep, so I'd suggest googling it to find a better deal elsewhere.

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Feb, 2007 11:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Didn't see much on the first title, but you can read about Swords and Blades of the American Revolution in our book store. There are a couple reviews there.
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M D McCullough





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PostPosted: Fri 02 Feb, 2007 11:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
Didn't see much on the first title, but you can read about Swords and Blades of the American Revolution in our book store. There are a couple reviews there.


Thanks Jonathan. I believe I may have leafed through this book before; it sounds familiar from your description.

Thanks Nathan. I saw those in my initial search and am currently fishing for fresh information. The book store is a nice feature.
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PostPosted: Fri 02 Feb, 2007 1:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Neumann's book is the bible on this subject, as far as I know. It's amazing.
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PostPosted: Fri 02 Feb, 2007 3:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jonathan Hopkins wrote:
Neumann's book is excellent. It was my first sword book, and it is still my favorite. Have you read the review(s) of it in the myArmoury bookstore? Here is a link to another review. The book has a nice broad scope, but supplies plenty of smaller details as well. Neumann covers bayonets, swords, knives, axes, and polearms. One of the things I like about Neumann's book is that he suggests that there is more to learn from arms and armor than just the martial aspects--for example one can learn about international trade, etc. based on where the weapons were made and who ultimately used them. I can't recommend it enough. The price on amazon is rather steep, so I'd suggest googling it to find a better deal elsewhere.

Jonathan


Harold Petersons book "ARMS AND ARMOR IN COLONIAL AMERICA 1526-1783 " is very good too.

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