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Gunpowder — Alchemy, Bombards & Pyrotechnics: The History of the Explosive that Changed the World
The history of gunpowder begins, predictably, in 10th century China where Kelly reveals that this unique compound of sulfur, charcoal and saltpeter was the result of Oriental alchemists' search for an immortality potion. The “fire drug,” originally made with honey instead of charcoal, was purported to contain a mystical vitality, demonstrated by its startling combustibility. From these ancient beginnings, Kelly launches into a worldwide examination of m...
Hyperion, Jan 2002, 23.95, 288 pp. ISBN: 0786866152 In 1959 Rochester, New York private detective Ike Van Savage understands that the matrimonial assignments pay the bills so he never refuses any of them. Currently his client wants evidence that her husband Eddie Gill of Gill's Texas Hots & Ground Round is cheating. Ike takes photos of Eddie with an underage waitress that his wife can use to blackmail her philandering spouse. His nex...
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