Echo Point Books & Media have released a reprints of Abrams: A History of the American Main Battle Tank, Vol. 2 and Pershing: A History of the Medium Tank T20 Series by R. P. Hunnicutt. The Abrams book is available in either softcover for $45 or hardcover for $55 while the Pershing book is $40 for the softcover or $50 for hardcover . With the reprinting of Abrams and Pershing, Echo Point has now reprinted six of the ten books that Hunnicutt wrote documenting the history of US Armor. Hunnicutt’s book ‘Firepower: the history of US Heavy Tanks”, is believed to be reprinted soon by the folks over at World of Tanks. That leaves only Sheridan, Armored Car, and Bradley as available only in the original editions. Fortunately, these three were later books in the series and generally can be found for under $100 on the used book market
It’s fair to say that the works of R. P. Hunnicutt are essential items in the collection of anyone serious about learning about US Armor history. The Abrams book covers not only the development of the Abrams, but also earlier attempts at developing a new MBT during the cold war, such as the T-95 and the MBT-70. The book was published in 1990, so it does not include any information on Abrams variants past that date. Pershing covers the development of the T-20 series through to the M26 Pershing. Used copies of the original hardcover editions of these books are long out of print and command $100+ prices on the used book market, so these affordable reprints are most certainly a welcome development for tank and AFV aficionados.