Above all this book portrays the character of fencing - at once graceful, balletic, rough, technically beautiful and fiercely competitive. Richard Cohen traces these subtleties, the passions that it arouses in its players and explains his personal devotion to this ancient art.
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“Like swordplay itself, By the Sword is elegant, accurate, romantic, and full of brio—the definitive study, hugely readable, of man’s most deadly art.” —Simon Winchester
“A vivid and hugely enjoyable pageant of extraordinary tales . . . irresistible.” —The Economist
“In writing By the Sword, [Cohen] has shown that he is as skilled with the pen as he is with the sword.” —The New York Times
“Touché! While scrupulous and informed about its subject, Richard Cohen’s book is about more than swordplay. It reads at times like an alternative social history of the West.” —Sebastian Faulks
“A virtual encyclopedia on the subject of sword fighting.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Literate, learned, and, beg pardon, razor-sharp . . . a pleasure for practitioners, and a rewarding entertainment for the armchair swashbuckler.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A fascinating story told with literary verve.” —Library Journal (starred review)
"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.
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Descripción Pocket Books, 2010. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M1847396704
Descripción Simon & Schuster Ltd, 2010. Paperback. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 560 pages. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería __1847396704
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