A History of Weapons
From butterfly swords to bo staffs, the only history of weapons you'll ever want. John O'Bryan hilariously explains weapons like the Bola, Atlatl, Khopesh, Aspis, Falx, Tomahawk, and Flaming Pigs (for real), while delivering real content about history, uses and badass potential. Stories about Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, the 'peaceful' Shaolin monks and the ass-whipping Rajput's of India compliment fun sidebars like 'So You Want to Sieze a Fortified City.' Each entry features an illustration of the weapon, either on its own or in action. A smart package and a great price point complete a book that will elicit a nerdy gasp of appreciation from anyone who can still make good explosion noises.
John O'Bryan was raised by professional whittlers in the backwoods of Western Tennessee and Northern Mississippi. His father worked as a Baptist minister on weekends and instilled in him many of the Bible's most important lessons on how to smite someone. His mother would read him the Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual when he couldn't sleep. While living in Memphis, he learned to run from the sound of gunfire. He cut his writing teeth typing obituaries for Mississippi's most prestigious newspaper and would later abandon his southern roots to write for Hollywood. There, he would use his wealth of nerd knowledge to his advantage, writing for Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender (not the crappy M. Night Shyamalan movie of the same name) and Disney XD's Motorcity.