Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques is an excellent and innovative book written by a scientist who understandably approaches the subject with a scientific point of view. While the book is academic in nature, it's also very easy to read and digest. Short gives a good overview of Viking culture and the weapons they used. He then speculates how those weapons were used based on information drawn from a variety of resources, including the author's years of experience in Western Martial Arts and hands-on research with reproductions of Viking weapons. In fact, the author dedicates an entire chapter to describing his resources, which include archaeological finds, medieval and Renaissance combat documents, Icelandic sagas, art, and forensics. In other words, these are the puzzle pieces, and Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques is the picture the author created using those puzzle pieces. He also explains the limitations of his research on Viking combat techniques. The book is peppered with specific examples, illustrations, and photos that support his findings. For example, when Short mentions a specific passage from a saga, he clearly explains why he's using it as an example and how that passage ties into the subject matter at hand. One of Short's strengths is the level of detail he presents about Viking culture and how each detail gives insight to how, where, and why Vikings fought. This book is a treasure for a wide audience, from novices who want to learn about Vikings to expert practitioners of Western Martial Arts.