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Military History's Most Wanted(TM): The Top 10 Book of Improbable Victories, Unlikely Heroes, and Other Martial Oddities Paperback – May, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Most Wanted(TM)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; First Paperback Edition edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157488509X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574885095
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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British Revolutionary War general William Howe was so obviously distracted from the campaign by the charms of his mistress that American Tories wrote a song about it. More gravely, as the Red Army invaded and triumphed over Finland in WWII, Finland ended up losing 25,000 soldiers; the Russians lost 250,000. These and other facts are showcased in Military History's Most Wanted: The Top Ten Book of Improbable Victories, Unlikely Heroes, and Other Martial Oddities. Written by M. Evan Brooks, who served in the U.S. Army and National Guard for more than 30 years, the book gathers 10 brief, encyclopedia-style entries apiece on such topics as Mercenaries, Literary Soldiers, Amphibious Operations and Decisive Battles.
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About the Author

M. Evan Brooks is an avid wargamer who recently retired with more than thirty years of service in the U.S. Army and National Guard. He is a contributor to numerous war-game and professional military publications. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Karl on June 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
Normally I find top ten military lists like those on MILHST-L fun to read, but not very informative. This book is superb because it combines insightful commentary and fun lists.
What Brooks has done is assemble 70+ top ten lists, but each entry has one or more paragraphs of explanation. And it is clear that he has thought very carefully and researched his choices on his lists.
More specifically, why is this such a good book?
First, the author is well-read and informed. You may not agree with his opinions, I know I have more than a few disagreements, but they are based on a solid understanding of military history and the literature. (BTW, the author is a decorated veteran of the Gulf War, so he has first-hand knowledge of war.)
Second, he has created great categories, not just the obvious ones, like the Great Captains of History, Overrated Commanders, Underrated Commanders, and Decisive Battles. Here are some of the 70+ ones that I found quite facinating: Military Myths, Chaplains, Murder (and Death) Most Foul, Retrograde Operations, Mutinies, Entertainers, Cavalry Charges, POW Camps, Courts-Martial, Military Web Sites, Lopsided Victories (more than 30,000 casualties), Lopsided Victories (less than 30,000 casualties), and Last Stands. I love his four War Movie categories: Operational, Nonoperational, Testosterone, and Estrogen. Also, his suggestions on the ten books with which to begin building a military library are quite sound, especially when combined with his four other military book categories. Finally, Brooks has a great category that will challenge the serious historian -- he canvasses several thousand years of history to create the greatest Command Staff in History.
Third, Brooks has a good sense of wit. The book is fun to read!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. T. Sharp on December 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book easily earns five stars, because it's accurate, well-written, and witty. Don't let the format fool you. The author is well-read and has done an impressive amount of research, so much so that I believe high school and undergraduate students in history or military science could use it as a reference. It's a fun read.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
Never thought reading about the military could be fun - or funny - until I read this little gem. The chapters are short, concise and interesting. You can skip chapters or read it straight through. Believe me, you'll never loose a history question in Trivial Pursuit again once you've finished with this book! Learn, laugh and educate yourself about the military with this great little book!
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