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No one knows when the first bow and arrow appeared, but it's safe to say that men and women have been using the archery complex - bow, string, arrow, fletching, and arrowhead - for at least 20,000 years. Used to provide both food and protection, the bow and arrow has always been an interesting and effective weapon. From the stick bow to the crossbow, Archery showcases the many types of methods and tools used in this fascinating discipline. A comprehensive history of the bow and arrow, along with the full-color images in this lively compendium, will enthrall expert and novice collectors alike. Today's archers will learn about the world's first fighting tools, like the 'atlatl', or Australian spear, and the especially destructive iron-tipped arrows used by the men of classical civilizations. In addition, they'll refresh their knowledge of today's archery arsenal, including excalibur crossbows and parker bows. Archery is a complete look at a field that has fascinated us since ancient times.
Born near Chicago in 1946, Rick Sapp has hunted with bow and gun across North America and Africa. He completed a PhD in social anthropology at Catholic University and the University of Florida in 1976. After completing his studies, he worked for radio stations, newspapers, magazines, and as public relations director of Bear Archery. Since 2001 when he began freelancing full time, Sapp has authored twenty-five books about guns, hunting, camping, bicycle touring, urban redevelopment, and history. He lives in Florida.