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Thutmose III: The Military Biography of Egypt's Greatest Warrior King [Kindle Edition]

Richard A. Gabriel
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In the course of his thirty-two-year reign over ancient Egypt, Thutmose III fought an impressive seventeen campaigns. He fought more battles over a longer period of time and experienced more victories than Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar did. Despite Thutmose IIIÆs surprisingly illustrious record, his name does not command the same immediate recognition as these highly visible military leaders.

In Thutmose III, Richard Gabriel deftly brings to life the character and ability of ancient EgyptÆs warrior king and sheds light on ThutmoseÆs key contributions to Egyptian history. Considered the father of the Egyptian navy, Thutmose created the first combat navy in the ancient world and built an enormous shipyard near Memphis to construct troop, horse, and supply transports to support his campaigns in Syria and Iraq. He also reformed the army, establishing a reliable conscript base, creating a professional officer corps, equipping it with modern weapons, and integrating chariotryÆs combat arm into new tactical doctrines. Politically, he introduced strategic principles of national security that guided Egyptian diplomatic, commercial, and military policies for half a millennium and created the Egyptian empire.

Through these crowning achievements, Thutmose set into motion events that shaped and influenced the Levant and Egypt for the next four hundred years. His reign can be regarded as a watershed in the military and imperial history of the entire eastern Mediterranean.


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About the Author

Richard A. Gabriel is a distinguished professor in the Department of History and War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada and in the Department of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He was professor of history and politics at the U.S. Army War College and held the Visiting Chair in Military Ethics at the Marine Corps University. A retired U.S. Army officer living in Manchester, New Hampshire, Gabriel is the author of numerous books and articles on military history and other subjects, including Muhammad: Islam’s First Great General and Scipio Africanus: Rome’s Greatest General (Potomac Books, Inc., 2008).

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  • File Size: 1073 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1597973734
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; 1 edition (August 31, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CWJ7Y6
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly executed November 13, 2009
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This book reads like a book that was cobbled together over a weekend because the author needed the money. Indeed, large chunks are cut and pasted nearly verbatim from Gabriel's other books. Worse, it is poorly executed and cries out for a proofreader. Silly errors make it difficult to have confidence in the information provided. For example: on page 54 where Gabriel writes, "[In Egypt] Except for a few places in the Nile Delta, there are no wide-open plains upon which to maneuver [chariots] *as there were in Canaan* and Syria. Yet on page 74 *"Canaan offered few smooth plains* where, the opportunities for wide-ranging maneuver and speed provided dividends." Which was it? On page 92 Thutmose captured 924 enemy chariots but on the very next page only 892 were captured. After praising the Egyptian six-spoked chariot wheel on page 59 we discover on page 75 that "The Canaanite chariot was heavier than the Egyptian vehicle *because* of its four- or six-spoked wheels." How is that exactly? These kinds of errors leave the reader wondering about the accuracy of the rest of the material. [* emphasis added]

It also fails because of unnecessary hyperbole used to build Thutmose III up and justify writing the book. Gabriel takes pains to regularly mention Thutmose's brilliance, but the most excessive hyperbole occurs early in the book. In comparing Thutmose favorably to Alexander the Great Gabriel writes; "If the greatness of a field commander is judged by the ability of the enemy he faces . . . then compared to Alexander, Thutmose must rank as the greater field commander." That is nonsense as judged by Gabriel's own criteria. The evidence provided in his book describes Thutmose's "battles" as skirmishes against inferior opposition.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I began reading this book after I had mentioned to a friend that I was working on some military aspects on the campaigns about Thutmose III and the Egyptian military in general. They lent this book to me and I cannot simply believe that this was ever published.

There are scores of factual errors - practically one on every page. I will point form some highlights (or rather, lowlights):

-Gabriel claims that although Thutmose III did not introduce the khepesh sword, he was the one to introduce it on a large scale to the Egyptian military (page 4). There is no evidence of this taking place and I haven't found anything the inscriptions to say otherwise. There are only 6-9 examples in the world and the artistic evidence doesn't support this either.

-Gabriel claims that the Walls of the Prince were constructed as a series of fortresses along the isthmus of Suez (29). Not really and there's no concrete evidence for such. He goes on (30) to say that it was to protect against "hit and run" raids by Canaanites. This is completely false - the logistical matters in the Sinai would have prevented any sort of sortie into this area not to mention that there's no archaeological evidence for it.

-Gabriel claims that chariots acted like a screen for infantrymen. The chariots would cover the advance while firing arrows. When infantry clashed then archers would retire to the flanks or back through the infantry ranks. He sees chariots as attacking any exposed point, with the option for dismounting and fighting as infantry (64). There's no evidence for how ancient armies at this time fought - it's completely speculation.

I could add a lot more to this list but I think you get the point by now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but there are a couple of caveats January 21, 2011
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The author has produced another fine work detailing the exploits of Thutmose III ,pharoh of Egypt.Here we learn how Thutmose was the one who was primarily responsible for turning Egypt from a sophisticated but isolated civilization to a first rate imperial power with a sphere of influence in the middle east and Africa.The author gives a background of the situation in the area around that time including details of the Hyskos' invasion of Egypt and its affects on the Egyptians.We also learn about the militaries of the various players in the region:the Egyptians,the cannaanite and syrian city-states and the Mitanni.Thutmose through a number of unspectacular but strategic victories seized a number of strategic towns that guarded key routes first in Canaan (Meggido),then in Interior Lebanon (near the Litani River) and then along the Coast of Lebanon and Syria before he embarked on a campaign against the Mitanni.These strategic victories had the purpose of extending Egypt's buffer zone and enhanced its national security by ensuring that any attempted invasion would be fought far away from Egypt's homeland.In the process of doing this ,Thutmose became the first commander in history to use amphibious landings to acheive surprise and speed.The lessons from this book are not only Thutmose's brilliance but that the concept of a sphere of influence is a very old one and is as much about great states seeking to protect themselves by having friendly states on their borders as much as it is about imperialism (as witnessed by the British attempt to seek a buffer around India to protect it from the Russians ,the ameican Monroe doctrine and the current Russian attempt for a "sphere of priviliged interest"). Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thutmose III.
I enjoyed this book very much. I have been interested in a book on this Pharaoh for a while. The New Kingdom is my favorite part of Egyptian History. Read more
Published on October 7, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Warrior King Extraordinary
If your interest is in Egyptian history this book is a must. Thutmose III was the premier, much greater than Rameses II, Egyptian king. Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by Dale Ray Gardner
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs Revision
I bought the book as a teacher who wanted to deepen my knowledge of Thutmose III's reign, but within the first chapter I found myself questioning some very basic knowledge,... Read more
Published on January 22, 2011 by Set Maat
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend with caveats
Overall I would rate it as very readable and worthwhile, however there are some caveats.
*It appears that there was little or no technical editing done prior to publication... Read more
Published on December 29, 2010 by Bill Petty
4.0 out of 5 stars Military analysis
An intereting book. It looks at Thutmose III, a pharoah of the XVIIIth Dynasty who is often referred to as Egypt's Napoleon. Read more
Published on February 28, 2010 by James D. Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I didn't read this, I bought it for my husband. He enjoyed it very much. He was not too familiar with Tuthmose III but I've been introducing him to Egyptology. Read more
Published on February 22, 2010 by konacoffee
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating history as it should be written.
Fascinating historical report. Reads like an action adventure yet includes known history, politics, reasons for actions taken, and military strategy and tactics of that period. Read more
Published on October 17, 2009 by F. Muths
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