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“Allen (Univ. of Texas-Pan American) brings to bear his extensive knowledge and interest in the subject to enlighten lay readers on the history and applications of mechanics from ancient times to the present. … The book starts with historical origins of mechanics and, in quick order, takes up Newton’s contributions. The inclusion of photographs and illustrations makes for a better understanding of examples from bridges to musical instruments. … Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels.” (N. Sadanand, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)