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Great Battles: Decisive Conflicts That Have Shaped History Hardcover – January 1, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Parragon Inc (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002JSQTHO
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,476,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marisol on May 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My son loves this book. In general, he likes military history that focuses on the actual battles, he's not much interested in the politics behind them. He especially likes books that include maps of terrain and troop movement with the text. Can anyone recommend more books like this one (Great Battles) and/or that meet the above requirements?
Thanks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Night Owl on December 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when it was first published, intending it to be a Xmas gift for a young man in my family. But I liked it so much that I kept it. I thought to myself, "I'll give it to him next Xmas, after I have a chance to look at it" (the illustrations alone are absolutely amazing - many big, full-page colorful images on beautiful heavy-weight shiny paper -- the book feels like a coffee table book).

Well, I have never parted with this book because each time I pick it up, I'm blown away by its mastery and beauty. This is just a spectacular book, a true pleasure to peruse. The information about 30 important historic battles is organized chronologically in three sections:

The Age of Sword (from the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC, to the Battle of Aguincourt in 1415)
The Age of Gunpowder (from the Battle of Constantinople in 1453, to the Battle of Waterloo in 1815)
The Age of the Rifle (from the Battle of Antietam in 1862, to Operation "Iraqi Freedom" in 2003)
(Note: the latter, I think, is an idiotic name for the Iraqi war - no one except US sources will be using that name in the future- but that's a different matter.)

This large (12.5 in. x 10 in.), profusely illustrated, and highly informative book would be appreciated by any history (not just military history) buff. I'm baffled by the 2 star review that someone posted (I'm convinced it's a mistake).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on March 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
OK, now whenever you make a list of the X number of most decisive battles in history, you are going to have people complaining that you included a battle that you should not have, or excluded one you should have included. So, you, the reader, will just have to accept that this is the author’s list of the most decisive, or at least most interesting battles of all time.

Anyway, this interesting book includes information on thirty different battles – 11 from the Age of the Sword (Marathon, Salamis, Gaugamela, Cannae, Alesia, Andrianople, Tours/Poitiers, Hastings, Hattin, Tannenberg, and Agincourt), 9 from the Age of Gunpowder (Constantinople, Lepanto, the Great Armada, Lutzen, Blenheim, Saratoga, Trafalgar, Austerlitz, and Waterloo), and 10 from the Age of the Rifle (Antietam, Gettysburg, Verdun, the Somme, the Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Midway, Normandy, the Tet Offensive, and Operation Iraqi Freedom).

Each battle begins with a list of facts (detailing who, what, where, when, why, and outcome), and then goes on to chronicle the battle. Numerous color images are included, with the crowning one being a large and colorful two-page map of the battle. Along the way, the reader is treated to many highly informative sidebars.

Overall, I found this to be an interesting and informative read. I like the many illustrations, which keeps the book from seeming dull and lifeless. Yep, this is an interesting book, one that I do not hesitate to recommend.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian on March 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read mostly non-fiction, with an emphasis on military history. This book has several problems:
1) Tiny print
2) A truly incredible number of spelling and usage errors. Was there no review of basic English usage prior to publication????
3) The maps have almost no details. Most location references in the text have no corresponding map label.
4) As with any work of this nature, broad brush-strokes are needed to get through a complicated battle in 6 pages or less. Why then the senseless focus on what exact unit numbers (enumerated in nauseating detail) led by whom (often someone you've never heard of)?
5) Unexplained background and references - It's a real problem wondering about what "Dol" might be (including the possibility of yet-another misspelling), only to find out much later that it's the name of a river. Why was it important enough to put in the text, but not important enough to put on the map? So it is with peoples, territories, etc.

Next time the author(s) should decide what they want to accomplish: a consistent level of detail, which may require more space for larger maps (to say nothing of normal-sized text), or less detail (and hopefully enough general background to allow the reader a fighting chance.
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