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Dangerous Energy: The Archaeology of Gunpowder and Military Explosives Manufacture (English Heritage) Paperback – 6 Oct 2000


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: English Heritage; First Edition edition (6 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850747180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850747185
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pillboxer1940 on 27 May 2010
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This is a brilliant book by a highly-skilled writer and researcher. The book charts the whole history of British explosives development, from early history to the present day and the text is clearly laid out in manageable sections. The diagrams and photos are useful and of high standard. There is also much information in this book that you cannot get anywhere else - such as a full list of WW2 Royal Ordnance Factories and their locations. The book is not cheap for a softback but the unique reference information makes it worth every penny.

However, a useful warning to potential buyers: make sure you get the original 2000 first edition (the blue sky on the front cover photo looks lighter, like daylight) NOT the 2007 reprint (the sky on the cover photo is much darker, like night) as I unfortunately did. The reprint quality is atrocious - like they used a knackered old photocopier to reprint it. Many of the illustrations are very dark and some of the photos are barely recognisable. It is a shame they did not produce this book to the same high quality as English Heritage's Cold War book - hardback, glossy pages and colour illustrations and photos. A real pity that has spoiled an otherwise excellent piece of research work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Slade on 12 Jan. 2010
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I found it difficult to put this book down! I found the glossaries and indexes excellent, as they allowed me to conduct my own research into the field remains of former explosive and shell-filling factories of interest to me. This book gives an excellent account of the history of the industrial production of explosives from the 16th Century up to the present day. Copious photographs and maps litter the book dealing with a subject about which very little is known, and, without which, our country's destiny would have been very different indeed! In summary; a good explosive read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Davey B on 18 May 2009
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I have contacted English Heritage about this edition of the book and they have resolved my disappointment. If you do puchase this item, try to ensure you get a first edition, first print run copy. The print and paper quality is far better on earlier copies and there are no copy changes or additions in later runs.

A very interesting and in depth work, the book is a mine of information and though the info stops in 2000 (when it was written) little has changed to make the work ant less accurate or relevant. It is written in a very readable manner and has good illustrations with back up/follow up leads included.
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By Alexander Kreator on 29 Mar. 2015
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Year 2000 Edition

Cover 4/5 Explosive

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A thorough treatise on the British gunpowder and explosive establishment. 17 Feb. 2015
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For those interested in the historical account of the formation and development of the gunpowder and explosive industry within Great Britain, there is no better source.
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