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Great Battles: Decisive Conflicts That Have Shaped History Hardcover – 2007

4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when it was first published, intending it to be a Xmas gift for a young man in my family. But I liked it so much that I kept it. I thought to myself, "I'll give it to him next Xmas, after I have a chance to look at it" (the illustrations alone are absolutely amazing - many big, full-page colorful images on beautiful heavy-weight shiny paper -- the book feels like a coffee table book).

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).
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book at an Ollies store. It looks beautiful & fascinating. However, the print is so small that even with corrective lenses, it gives me a headache to try to read. Flexible hard back, 256 pages. Many pictures. Well illustrated. (Information not provided on this provider). I intend to continue to read it, but thought it would be helpful to have this information. When I do finish reading it, I will put a full review.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
OK, now whenever you make a list of the X number of most decisive battles in history, you are going to have people complaining that you included a battle that you should not have, or excluded one you should have included. So, you, the reader, will just have to accept that this is the author’s list of the most decisive, or at least most interesting battles of all time.

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.
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Format: Paperback
You will need a magnifying or reading glass to appreciate this book, which is a shame because it covers the most salient
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.
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