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Could have been 5-star, but where are the maps?
on October 14, 2008
Thus far I have only read volume 1 of the set. The most impressive aspect is the author's use of a vast number of primary sources - really fine work amassing all of them. They are usually used effectively too, except that in the narrative of the battle of Brandywine the quotes are often used in ways that don't really support the story being told. The real problem with this book is the virtual absence of any useful maps. That's a major issue really; you get this detailed and lengthy look at the aforementioned battle, for example, but only one really inadequate map to assist you. It is the same with campaign maps; they just are not there. I think there are maybe four maps in the entire book, something like that. No matter how good the text, good military history books must have decent and numerous maps. Where are they? Not here. This may have been the decision by the editors, I don't know. But it detracts badly from an otherwise excellent piece of scholarship. If it sees a second printing I hope this will be corrected.