Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards, and Pyrotechnics: The History of the Explosive That Changed the World (Google eBook)

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Basic Books, Apr 1, 2009 - History - 272 pages
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When Chinese alchemists fashioned the first manmade explosion sometime during the tenth century, no one could have foreseen its full revolutionary potential. Invented to frighten evil spirits rather t
  

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Review: Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards, and Pyrotechnics: The History of the Explosive That Changed the World

User Review  - Bill Sleeman - Goodreads

A very good introduction to a specialized subject. Kelly does a fine job explaining the challenges faced in developing gunpowder in the "West" and in the "East" and comparing the two experiences. He ... Read full review

Review: Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards, and Pyrotechnics: The History of the Explosive That Changed the World

User Review  - Dawn Paris - Goodreads

A good overview of how the science of gunpowder evolved and the key people involved in its development. Read full review

Contents

Fire Drug
1
Thundring Noyse
19
The Most Pernicious Arts
39
The Devills Birds
55
Villainous Saltpetre
73
Conquests Crimson Wing
87
NitroAerial Spirit
109
No One Reasons
125
History Out of Control
153
The Meeting of Heaven and Earth
171
Appalling Grandeur
197
The Old Article
217
Something New
239
Sources
243
Index
251
Copyright

What Victory Costs
135

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About the author (2009)

Jack Kelly is both an accomplished novelist and an experienced author of popular history. He writes regularly for American Heritage, and has also written features about the DuPont family's involvement in the gunpowder industry and the history of fireworks in America. He lives in Milan, New York.

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