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Small Arms 1945-present (Essential Weapons Identification Guides) Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Mar 2012

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Books Ltd (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908273178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908273178
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 2 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,017,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin J Dougherty is an author and former defence analyst specialising in military subjects. His published works include books on modern warfare, weaponry and military vehicles. He has spoken at several defence industry conferences, presenting papers on subjects ranging from precision-guided weapons to asymmetric warfare.


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By PH on 11 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
There is little in the book that could not be found with a two minute Google search. The historical mini précis were, at best, disappointing and poorly linked to the subject of the book.
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Informative book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed and expensive 20 Oct. 2012
By The Hermit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is fairly costly when you measure it against similar offerings on the same topic. I had these criticisms to offer once I'd read it.

First, the printing of the pictures is sometimes distorted, as if the photo was placed on a rubber sheet and then stretched out. This doesn't occur often but I wouldn't expect it to occur at all in a costly book.

Second, the editing is poor. Sometimes pictures of one type of weapon are labeled with captions that are incorrect. It seems like the photos were accidentally switched at some point and no one caught it.

Finally, some of the weapons are only presented as "cutaways." If I wanted pictures of the interior of weapons I would refer to the Numerich gun parts catalog, or to some of my books which are particularly concerned with gun repair and show exploded diagrams. This may be a personal quirk but it irritated me.

You can do better for the amount of money this book costs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars small arms after WW2 29 Aug. 2012
By Hernani S. Oliveira Filho - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A book with good information and excelent dynamic of reading about small arms manufactured between 1945 and today, you can see a lot of types of good and bad designs used by almost all armies after WW2.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not about weapons 13 Nov. 2012
By Eddie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The title suggests that the book will primarily be discussing small arms weapons. In actuality the book actually spends more words describing conflicts and incidents and only have very minimal discussion about small arms/weapons....so it's quite misleading. The correct title of the book should be more like "Conflicts - 1945-Present". I hardly learnt anything new from the book except perhaps what small arms is associated/used in a conflict. Once again there is more talk about the conflict than the weapons in the book.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it. 10 Jan. 2015
By Harry D. Ballas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I should have heeded the other reviews. Lots of info on many small conflicts, but little, if any, on the weapons themselves other than general descriptions. Not worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Nov. 2015
By Ivo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fantastic!
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