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Weapons have always attracted controversy. In the modern media age, however, they are also surrounded by confusion and misunderstanding. Tools of Violence unravels the myths of modern weaponry, explaining how a weapon system works, how it is applied by soldiers, police or civilians under pressure, what happens when innocents get in the way, its effect on the human body or physical structures, its political controversies, and its place in international law. Judgements are backed up by interviews with those directly engaged with weapons technology, including frontline soldiers, police officers, academics, weapons specialists and defence analysts. Accessible and absorbing, Tools of Violence is essential reading for those wanting to understand the weapons technology of today and how and why it is used.
Chris McNab is an author and editor specializing in military history and military technology. He has published over 25 books, including Weapons of War: AK47 (Spellmount, 2001), How to Pass the SAS Selection Course (Sidgwick & Jackson, 2002) and The Encyclopaedia of Combat Techniques (Lewis/Bookmart, 2002). He has also written extensively for encyclopaedias and has contributed to The Times on the war in Iraq. Hunter Keeter is a consultant in naval and military technology and operations. From 1998 to 2004, Keeter worked as journalist and editor on several publications, including Sea Power Magazine and the defense newsletter, Defense Daily. In addition he has authored articles for Naval Forces International magazine as well as books on the US Marine Corps, US homeland security forces, and the history of American air and land forces during the Vietnam War. He lives in Virginia, USA.
Introduction Chapter 1: Hand-held War - Small Arms Chapter 2: Perfect Destruction - Explosives Chapter 3: Mechanized Muscle - Battlefield Armour Chapter 4: Death from a Distance - Artillery Chapter 5: Power from Above - Military Avation Chapter 6: Firepower at Sea - Naval Weapon Systems Shadow Threat - Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons Endnotes Bibliography Glossary Index