Booby Traps! The History of Deadly Devices, from World War I to Vietnam, by Ian Jones, paperback (very good condition)
War often provides a stimulus to technological development. Throughout the twentieth century, new technology was harnessed to produce increasingly deadly and malicious types of explosives in the forms of booby traps, mines, delayed-action devices, and mobile charges . . . often activated in the most inconspicuous places. Intended to kill or injure, these lethal mechanisms detonate when a person disturbs or approaches a seemingly harmless object. Other times they are set off by remote control.
Compellingly written and illustrated throughout with photos and schematic drawings, Booby Traps! traces the design, deployment, and effectiveness of these deadly devices, as well as the lengths armies have gone to gain an edge.