Missiles of the World by Michael J. H. Taylor & John W. R. Taylor

Missiles of the World by Michael J. H. Taylor & John W. R. Taylor lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Military section.

New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1972, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs;

From the cover: This companion volume to the popular Military Aircraft of the World and Civil Aircraft of the World is the only book on the market containing details and photographs of all guided missiles known to be in service or under development throughout the world.

Missiles that are designed to destroy aircraft; missiles that have replaced aircraft; air-to-surface missiles that enable aircraft to hit targets more surely than surface-launched missiles; missiles fast enough and powerful enough to intercept the H-bomb warheads of the biggest missiles of all; tiny missiles that can be fired around corners to knock out the heaviest battle tanks these are just some of the revolutionary weapons to be found in Missiles of the World.

Some of the photographs have never before been published. All the facts and figures are as up-to-the-minute and accurate as one would expect from authors who produce the Missiles sections of the classical Janes Fighting Ships and Janes All the Worlds Aircraft.

Here, for the engineer and military student, are standardised descriptions of weapons like styx, which sank the Israeli destroyer Eilat; the mighty SS-9, which can deliver a 25-megaton warhead, a pattern of smaller charges or a space bomb; and Britains Seacat, which is so effective that no ship of the fifteen navies that deploy it has ever been attacked. In every case the information is presented in a way that can be understood by non-technical readers, who can hardly fail to be awed by weapons so terrifying that they have made a major war impossible.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges.

Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 167 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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