A red cylinder exploding

Boom!: The Chemistry and History of Explosives

by Simon Quellen Field

If you're a fan of all things that go BOOM, or if you're a history nerd with a knack for chemistry, this book'll make a nice addition to your collection. Simon Quellen Field goes in-depth with explosives, their composition, and their history, with notes on patents and the chemists behind them. It may not be quite as exciting as actual explosions, but from accidental discoveries to the use of modern plastic explosives, this timeline will certainly spark a reaction.