GUNPOWDER

ALCHEMY, BOMBARDS, AND PYROTECHNICS: THE HISTORY OF THE EXPLOSIVE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
By (author)JACK KELLY

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Gunpowder first emerged from the ancient Chinese alchemical experiments to usurp the sword, spear and arrow in war, the pick and shovel in working the earth. Francis Bacon ranked its importance with the printing press and the magnet as substances that ‘have changed the whole face and state of things throughout the world.’ From the intrepid Vasco da Gama, to the brilliant Antoine Lavoisier, known as the father of modern chemistry, from the glory of Cortes and talent of Michelangelo, to the genius of E.I DuPont, the swashbuckling history of gunpowder is filled with notable figures — as well as ordinary soldiers, sailors, gunners, miners, and powdermen who also played a role in this epic story.
ISBN: 0465037186
Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
Subtitle: ALCHEMY, BOMBARDS, AND PYROTECHNICS: THE HISTORY OF THE EXPLOSIVE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Author: JACK KELLY

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0465037186

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2004

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261

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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.

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