Not a recommendation on a book, but a reflection on human history. I did find this one several years ago, a 3/4 groove and amazingly small at about 3".When you think about it, the axe has to be one of the most influential tools in American (and human) history.
I have a friend who is an archaeologist. He works in the eastern united states and live just down the road. He has copper, iron, and steel swords, axes, copper spear points, etc... He has several museums with artifacts in them. He has many, many of those stone axe heads and they were made by ancient inhabitants of this land called the Hopewell, or Nephite culture Between 600 bc and 400 ad.View attachment 271559
Five inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide. I got this in a cornfield next to the Oconee River in Georgia. Made by Creek Indians, or else, their predecessors.
Imagine how long it took to make this axe. I think the Creeks captured a Cherokee, and told him, "Here are two rocks. Use the small rock as a hammer and make the other rock into an axe by lunch time tomorrow, or else we will burn you at the stake."