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Eagles Ascending: An Outline Military History of the Rise of Brandenburg-Prussia, 1600-1700 Paperback – Large Print, August 27, 2016
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Mark Megehee received his Master of Arts from the University of Oklahoma (History). He enjoyed a career in the museums of the Oklahoma Historical Society, the US Army and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, retiring in 2014. His honors include the Order of Saint Barbara, as well as the Civilian Army Achievement Medal. In 2015, he portrayed sports legend and fellow tribesman Jim Thorpe in the Chautauqua Program of the Maryland Council of Humanities (see YouTube: Chautauqua 2015: Sporting Lives- Jim Thorpe). After penning a number of articles and booklets (Chronicles of Oklahoma, Fort Bliss, etc), this is his first book.
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• Maps: Lots of good maps that tie into the text
• OB's: Orders of Battle go a long way to help explain who is doing what during battles/campaigns. In this case there are lots of applicable OBs.
• Bibliography and footnotes - I hate it when someone writes history but doesn't explain where they are getting their data. If I don't see a good bibliography it makes me wonder if their main source was the Ancient Aliens TV show. Here again the good index helps the cross check.
• Applicable illustrations - pictures are nice but only if they are correct (using a film clip from the later part of WW2 for the 1940 battles in France is a good example of poor illustrative choice). Here again the illustrations are correct, accurate and useful.
• Bio-sketchs - normally not something that is a make-break for me so it is always a good thing when they show up in the text. In this case the sketches are relevant and informative.
• Needed material and narrative- This is more of a bottom line requirement. If the text does not present something new or needed then I do not find the book useful. In this case we have a whole new chapter on the 17th Century that opens up - and it covers not only land actions but all sorts of unusual naval operations. Read this book and you get a big-ole basket of goodies to explore.
Let me close with this – to get to Sedan in 1870 and a united Germany you have to look to the 17th Century and the emergence of Brandenburg and Prussia. This is a great book to kick things off.