Monday, October 31, 2016

Small Arms, Submarines and Aircraft

A big, heartfelt ‘welcome’ to Amber Books to the review pages of!

Recently Amber Books generously sent three of its titles for review that strikes the cord in any man’s heart.

Let’s be honest.  Most men are little boys in disguise and what little boy doesn’t like guns, submarines and aircraft?

I remember as a little boy being fascinated by guns.  My older brothers hunted deer for meat.  They even let me shoot their guns a few times.  As soon as I was old enough, I purchased my own handgun and rifle.  I’m a big supporter of gun rights.

I look at the manufacturing of guns as more an art than a preoccupation with shooting things.  The craftsmanship, imagination and knowledge it takes to make a good firearm borders on the artistic.

There’s something about a well-made firearm that fascinates most men (and many women).
The ‘Small Arms Visual Encyclopedia’ is by far one of the best visual and informational books I’ve ever come across about firearms.

Full-color illustrations are accompanied by short, concise and accurate descriptions of each firearm categorized by type.

Starting with earliest firearms the book travels through history dividing segments of the history of firearms by type such as revolvers, automatics, machine guns, etc.

Each and every page offers a real education of each type of gun.  Many illustrations are cutaway views of specific guns.

The book is a treasure trove of information and drawings about firearms as used through the centuries.

My first experience with submarines was watching the WWI and WWII naval war movies produced in the 1940s and 1950s.

The movies honored those brave individuals who risked their lives fighting battles under the waves.

As time passed I grew to love the tales of the nuclear submarines that guarded the seas against Communist expansionism and explored the unknown depths around the world.

‘The World’s Greatest Submarines An Illustrated History’ dives deep into the colorful history of the ships that explored the oceans under the waves.

Author David Ross examines the maritime expeditions and exploits of submarines starting in the year 1775 up until modern times.

Readers learn all about submarines and submersibles that were created, built and used by countries around the globe.

Pages burst with archival photos, full-color illustrations, cutaway schematics and interesting text liberally sprinkled with interesting facts and tidbits.

It’s a maritime dream come true as Amber Books invites you to sails the seven seas under the waves.

It hardly seems possible that man has been flying the skies in airplanes for just over 10 0 years.
A lot is written about the military applications of aircraft but little is known about civilian aircraft and just how important structural and technical advancements in civilian aircraft have changed the world of aviation.

Author Paul E. Eden starts thing off in The golden age of aviation with the Junkers F13 and travels the decades boarding such memorable aircraft as the Boeing 247, the Douglas DC-8, the Lockheed L-1011 Tri-Star and much more.

Civilian aircraft from around the globe are examined by decade complemented with full-color illustrations, archival photos and art, informative text, specifications and interesting historical facts.

If you love aircraft you’re sure to ‘fly high’ when you read ‘The World’s Greatest Civil Aircraft An Illustrated history’ and look through this wonderful book about manned flight and those that made such innovations and aircrafts possible.