By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions
Random House Publishing Group, 2007年12月18日 - 560 頁
Napoleon fenced. So did Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Grace Kelly, and President Truman, who would cross swords with his daughter, Margaret, when she came home from school. Lincoln was a canny dueler. Igantius Loyala challenged a man to a duel for denying Christ’s divinity (and won). Less successful, but no less enthusiastic, was Mussolini, who would tell his wife he was “off to get spaghetti,” their code to avoid alarming the children. By the Sword is an epic history of sword fighting—a science, an art, and, for many, a religion that began at the dawn of civilization in ancient Egypt and has been an obsession for mankind ever since. With wit and insight, Richard Cohen gives us an engrossing history of the world via the sword.
With a new Preface by the author.
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By the sword: a history of gladiators, musketeers, samurai, swashbucklers, and Olympic champions用戶評語 - Douglas Lord - Book Verdict
This thick, freewheeling, nonchronological history is unashamedly enthusiastic and trÃƒÂ©s cool. Cohen is an Olympic sabreur-it's even cool to say that. Luckily for readers, he's also a total geek to ... 閱讀評論全文
By the sword: a history of gladiators, musketeers, samurai, swashbucklers, and Olympic champions用戶評語 - Not Available - Book Verdict
The culture of the sword has given us everything from words like prizefight and freelance to such customs as shaking hands, the military salute, or men buttoning their coats on the right. Cohen's ... 閱讀評論全文