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Catapult: Harry and I Build a Siege Weapon (Harvest Book)

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

An “enormously entertaining” (Smithsonian), “clever, subtle, and adroit” account (Wall Street Journal) of how the author and his friend constructed a medieval siege engine in a San Francisco backyard. “So funny that I could not put it down” (Los Angeles Times).

Synopsis:

It all started when Jim Paul found out he couldn't bring a piece of quartzite on the plane with him because, he was told, it could be used as a weapon. That's ridiculous, he thought, holding the rock in his hand. And then he realized that, at one time in history, it had been a weapon, and a catapult was used to launch it. So was born Paul's idea to build a catapult, a project he took on with a friend, Harry. The result is chronicled here, in a book that has become a beloved cult favorite. Building the catapult took money, a great deal of time, and many sore thumbs. But when they were done, they had re-created the Middle Ages in a backyard in San Francisco, and with it an entire era in history, as well as a way to understand human society.

About the Author

Jim Paul, author of Catapult: Harry and I Build a Siege Weapon, What's Called Love, and Medieval in L.A., is a poet and translator. A recipient of a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156005562
Subtitle:
Harry and I Build a Siege Weapon
Author:
Paul, Jim
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
San Diego :
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Catapult
Subject:
Paul, Jim
Subject:
Engines of war.
Subject:
Engines of war -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
Subject:
San Francisco Bay Area
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Harvest Book
Series Volume:
97-02
Publication Date:
19971015
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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"Synopsis" by , It all started when Jim Paul found out he couldn't bring a piece of quartzite on the plane with him because, he was told, it could be used as a weapon. That's ridiculous, he thought, holding the rock in his hand. And then he realized that, at one time in history, it had been a weapon, and a catapult was used to launch it. So was born Paul's idea to build a catapult, a project he took on with a friend, Harry. The result is chronicled here, in a book that has become a beloved cult favorite. Building the catapult took money, a great deal of time, and many sore thumbs. But when they were done, they had re-created the Middle Ages in a backyard in San Francisco, and with it an entire era in history, as well as a way to understand human society.
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