By the Sword by Richard Cohen
A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions

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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.
 

About Richard Cohen

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Richard Cohen is the former publishing director of Hutchinson and Hodder & Stoughton and the founder of Richard Cohen Books. The acclaimed author of By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions, he has written for The New York Times and most leading London newspapers, and has appeared on BBC radio and television. He lives in New York City.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Modern Library. 560 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, History, War. Non-fiction

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This is a work of anecdote and accumulated trivia rather than of sustained narrative, but wondrous anecdote it is, whether Cohen is addressing the roster of actors and actresses who have wielded steel throughout Hollywood history—Charlton Heston, Lana Turner, Peter Ustinov, Peter O’Toole, Catheri...

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The following correction was printed in the Guardian's Corrections and Clarifications column, Monday October 20 2003 In the review below, we said "you can't make a sword from pure iron (it'll bend) or pure steel (it'll snap)".

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Back then you spent two years studying The Build-up to The Civil War (1603-1642), two years studying The Build-up to the Civil War (1625-1642) and a final year concentrating on The Build-up to the Civil War (1641-1642).

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By the Sword by Richard Cohen 519pp, Macmillan, £20.

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