Download and read online Weapon in PDF and EPUB The ultimate record of arms and armour An epic 4,000-year illustrated story of weaponry. From stone axes to heavy machine-guns, swords to sniper rifles, discover the innovative design, range, lethal function and brutal history of arms and armour, and meet the warriors who wielded them. Includes all the important arms from the ages, covering edged weapons, clubs, projectiles and firearms from ancient Egyptian axes, through bows and spears of traditional societies in Africa, Oceania and the Americas, to the machine-guns and missiles of modern infantry forces. Key weapons from every era are presented in sharp detail and the mechanisms that operate them are displayed and explained. Top fighting forces, from the Greek hoplite to the Navy Seal are profiled, and the weapons they have wielded and the tactics and fighting methods they�ve used are revealed.
Download and read online Our Word is Our Weapon in PDF and EPUB In this landmark book, Seven Stories Press presents a powerful collection of literary, philosophical, and political writings of the masked Zapatista spokesperson, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Introduced by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, and illustrated with beautiful black and white photographs, Our Word Is Our Weapon crystallizes "the passion of a rebel, the poetry of a movement, and the literary genius of indigenous Mexico." Marcos first captured world attention on January 1, 1994, when he and an indigenous guerrilla group calling themselves "Zapatistas" revolted against the Mexican government and seized key towns in Mexico's southernmost state of Chiapas. In the six years that have passed since their uprising, Marcos has altered the course of Mexican politics and emerged an international symbol of grassroots movement-building, rebellion, and democracy. The prolific stream of poetic political writings, tales, and traditional myths that Marcos has penned since January 1, 1994 fill more than four volumes. Our Word Is Our Weapon presents the best of these writings, many of which have never been published before in English. Throughout this remarkable book we hear the uncompromising voice of indigenous communities living in resistance, expressing through manifestos and myths the universal human urge for dignity, democracy, and liberation. It is the voice of a people refusing to be forgotten the voice of Mexico in transition, the voice of a people struggling for democracy by using their word as their only weapon.
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Download and read online Weapons in PDF and EPUB From the first simple weapons to the atomic bomb, this illustrated and detailed history in pictures, tells us about weapons through the ages.
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Download and read online 50 Weapons That Changed Warfare in PDF and EPUB Presents a comprehensive examination of fifty individual, manned, and unmanned weapons that significantly changed the world such as Greek Fire, large artillery pieces, the Minie Rifle, armored ships, land mines, submarines, and more.
Download and read online The Arts as a Weapon of War in PDF and EPUB During World War 2, 'cultural policy' became a key element of the domestic political front. Weingärtner traces the development of this phenomena, looking at the wartime examples which led to the modern relationship between the government and the arts.
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Download and read online Nunchaku Karate Weapon of Self defense in PDF and EPUB In this classic text, martial arts icon Fumio Demura demonstrates with hundreds of detailed photographs and illustrations the fluid striking, blocking, twisting, and pinching techniques of this simple but versatile weapon. He delves into the nunchaku's history, explores its complex relationship with karate, and explains how to care for the weapon. No study of karate would be complete without nunchaku training, and no karateka should be without this must-have manual.
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