Hunnicutt’s Abrams and Pershing Books Reprinted

51kvxIYQoHL._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_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

51Xp1KKyCEL._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_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.

Book Alert: Reprint of ‘Firepower” by Hunnicut is planned

Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran has posted on his facebook account that his employer WarGaming is planning a World of Tanks reprint edition of the book “Firepower” by R. P.  Hunnicutt.  This book is long out of print and typically commands several hundred dollars for used copies in good condition.  Here is the post:

11755787_988543301185451_5192717826878223814_nOK, so we’re suffering from a bit of a dilemma. We’re hoping to release a WoT Edition of a book. Improved on the original a bit, we’ve sent them recent scans of photos from the archives, foreword and some addenda by myself, and so on.

The idea is that we do a single print run, and pass on the economy of scale to you guys. So, the more that are sold, the cheaper it is for everyone. (We also don’t care much about the book profit, so that’s a cost reduction too. The bottom line is that it’ll never be cheaper). Fine in theory. The catch: Usually these low-volume books are made ‘print-on-demand’, which may be a slightly lesser quality, is certainly more expensive in volume, but is decidedly faster.To do this right, highest quality printing, lowest cost, etc, has a long turnaround time from the printer. In theory, if we went by “Announce on Day 1. Close orders Day 30. Tally number of orders. Print that many”, it could take up to three months between when someone clicks “Checkout, take my credit card info” to when the book is shipped. I don’t understand the technology/process, that’s just what the publisher has told me. In effect, it’s a pre-order. For ease, we may go with a fixed price, and then add gold codes of a value to make up the difference.

The alternative is that we take a wild guess as to how many might be sold, order that many in advance, and hope not too many people get disappointed (and that we didn’t wildly over-estimate). Those X many people will get their books pretty much immediately. We have absolutely no idea how big a number “X” should be, we don’t really have a basis for comparison.

So, on the basis that we want to get the most people to benefit for the least cost, the question becomes “Just how patient are you guys? Are you willing to wait several months for this?” My personal opinion is that anyone who’s willing to pay dollars for this particular book is also willing to wait, but you never know, especially when our customers are used to clicking ‘purchase’ and having their goods deposited in their account within a few minutes.

Photo is prototype. Expect the final product to look a little different (Author’s name on spine, etc)

Book Alert: Hunnicutt’s Sherman and Stuart reprinted

Sherman-600x600As of March 26, Richard Hunnicutt’s books “Stuart” and “Sherman” have been reprinted are and available in both hardcover and softcover.  These books have long been out of print and are highly prized by fans of American armor history.  Prices on the original editions range from 200-300 dollars so while this reprint edition is not cheap, it is a welcome alternative to the rather pricey original copies.  These editions have been published by Echo Point Books & Media, an outfit probably unfamiliar to most tank book readers.  According to their website, Echo Point Books specializes in republishing out of print books.

Publisher’s Description for “Sherman”:

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