- 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,193,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Great Battles: Decisive Conflicts That Have Shaped History Hardcover – 2007
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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).
I regret to say that I was unable to read this book due to the small print. Therefore, my review is ONLY about the readability of the book. That is a shame. It looked very good. If you have good vision, do not hesitate to give it a try. I would.
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.
battles from the ancient world to modern times. The actual dimensions of the book is actually 8" X 6.4" X 0.7 in. Books of these
nature can be best appreciated when it is set on a larger (and "manly") dimensions. I do have several history books about the battlefields of the past and they're published in large (if not oversized) format (e.g. 12"L X 11"W and some are even larger). Whatever happened to those books? As it is, the diorama-like illustrations in full page topographical color are quite interesting, but the explanations are barely readable because of the tiny print. The small pages about each battle is crammed with details, pictures & illustrations depicting each important battle. It explains the where, how and why behind each battle. It is divided into 3 main sections: The Age of the Sword, The Age of the Gunpowder, and The Age of the Rifle. So, how do you treat all these heroic and bold, history-changing undertakings of the past? By publishing a small, wimpy and feeble form of a book, which is hardly readable? Disgraceful, since the book has lots of things to say and is well-researched.
If you can put up with the fine print, it is highly recommended. But if you don't want to have a headache or eyestrain, then this isn't worth it.
This is what happens when authors/editors succumb to the dictates of the publisher, when economies of scale predominate. That, in itself is an armchair battle of the 'intellectual' wimps in the publishing world. And the reader ends up highly irritated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good book, if not exactly at an adult level. It leaves you wanting more detail, or maybe that's the engineer in me.
The choice of battles was OK, they're significant. Read more
It was a good read, although text was a bit tiny too read, it was very informative and the illustrations of the battles i found to be quite interesting.Published on February 28, 2014 by Andres
Maps, strategy, uniforms all take you from the ancient world at Cannae, Marathon, Alyssium, throgh the centuries to more modern conflicts like Stalingrad, Normandy, and Tet. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by duke1029
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. Read more