An in depth study of the various types of armour worn by the legions, reappraising artifacts in museums and using practical knowledge gained by re-enactors. A useful book which answered many of my questions.
Can I start by saying that this book can be rated two ways, one gives it five stars, the other, mine, gives it 3 stars.
Five stars because it covers just about everything that anyone seriously interested in Roman body armour could possibly want to know, including the probable impact on the person who was making it's family members. It covers in extensive detail the various finds of armour around the empire and all possible forms of reconstruction. There are a good number of line drawings and photo's to illustrate the comments in the text.
Three stars because for those who want a reasonably detailed overview of body armour this book is incredibly anal! It bangs on for pages and pages about chain mail and the, seemingly, millions of different ways this could have/can be constructed, links joined this way, that way, every way one can think of. In other words one does not get just an overview one gets beaten to death............. On a slightly more serious note I have to say that from a (semi) layman's point of view a lot the line drawings are of poor quality as are most of the photographs. Unusually on the iPad (iPad 4) when one tries to `grow' them to see more detail they blur. Of course this may just be an iPad failing and YMMV on a Kindle for instance.
Also it really would have helped if there had been a lot more in the way of illustrations. I found it very difficult to fully understand all the points with regard to the different type and the fastening of the armour, pictures really are worth a thousand words sometimes and this book is crying out for more.
Overall, a very informative book and should one read it 'cover' to 'cover' one can't help but to come away much more informed - even if you don't particularly want to be - but not quite the detailed overview I was expecting however.