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Wars That Changed The World Hardcover – October 10, 2009


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Charles Messenger is a former British soldier turned military historian. He is the author of The D-Day Atlas and The Day We Won the War: Turning Point at Amiens, 8 August 1918, as well as numerous other books on military history and defence matters, ranging from campaign studies and biographies to weaponry and regimental histories. A defence analyst, specializing in examining conflicts of the past to draw lessons for the future, he has also written and helped to direct a number of television documentary series. He has lectured on both sides of the Atlantic and taught military history in the United States. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (October 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847241611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847241610
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,950,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Dawson on August 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a brief overview concerning the major empires and wars that have shaped the world from 431B.C. to modern history, this is the book for you. It is only 204 pages long but it is full of interesting and at times unknown issues concerning battles. Mr. Messenger does an excellent job of striping down the major conflicts and provides the expert and novice historian with excellent facts, figures, and battle plans.

I realize that 204 pages doesn't seem like a great work, but it is. He also intertwined a few photos and inserts to educate the reader of some unknown ideas that we could have forgottened or overlooked.

He does an excellent job covering the Civil War and the reign of Alexander the Great. The coverage of WWII was a bit disappointing but remember, the book is only 204 pages.

I keep this book prominently displayed on the table for a quick reference or just to re-read an entry.

Good work Mr. Messenger
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Format: Hardcover
Charles Messenger is to be commended for putting together the history of the "important" wars that changed or defined the world from The Peloponnesian War of 431 to 404 BC, to The War on Terror that began in 2001. He gives a brief and easy to understand summary of 25 wars that shifted power in the Ancient World, the Crusades, Asian Dynasties, New World Conquests, Wars on the American Continents, and even the undeclared war, "The Cold War". The author has given a brief and yet easy to read summary of these wars that a reader can be grateful for because some authors of these individual wars can get very detailed and overwhelm a beginning reader who dosen't have any knowledge of these wars. my favorites are the ancient wars of Greece, the Crusades, and suprizingly the Ming Dynasty overthrow of Mongol rule in China that began with Genghis Khan. For those readers who want to start at an easy to read basis of these wars, this is a recommended book to start out with and you can decide if you want to get a more detailed and complex study of other books and authors. A good read that I recommended!
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Format: Hardcover
The book does a descent job of quickly summarizing 25 major world conflicts that have befallen the globe since the emergence of man. It only manages to spend about 4 pages or so per conflict. It does seem quite Eurocentric, but it does include Asian wars and such. I found the writing to be somewhat dry and hard to read at time, but that is a problem that can easily befall many military history books. The book does do a very good job of explaining the greater importance of the conflict in the greater world picture and its overall impact on history.
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