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Good book...but not a "Great" book
on July 26, 2011
I purchased this book expecting to increase my knowledge base. Unfortunately, with the exception of the brief sketches for each Legion's basic history I was somewhat disappointed.
While the author makes several interesting statements, such as one indicating that the Legions transitioned from leather to canvas tents, there are generally no foot notes for the source, which can be frustrating.
There are also some areas wherein the author appears to have made minor mistakes in the equipment and nomenclatures of Legionary weapons and armor. (Not adding to the shield blazon issue already discussed in previous reviews.)
I will agree however, if you are new to the subject, this is a SUPERB BASIC START, as long as it is followed by further reading on the subject by authors such as Keppie, Le Bohec, Goldsworthy, Webster, Watson, and even Parker.
So overall, I would say a three star book, especially in a subject area which is seeing and has seen much more work in the last decade or so due to a resurgence of interest in "things Roman".
GySgt Red MIllis USMC (ret) Curator, Marine Corps Legacy Museum