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About the Author

Born in 1944, David Nicolle worked in the BBC's Arabic service for a number of years before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written numerous books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years.
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Product Details

  • Series: Command (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849083177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849083171
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gordon M. Wagner VINE VOICE on April 19, 2011
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I was surprised to find that this was not a 700-page biography but rather a 64-page history and critique of Saladin's life and his actions in the field. It's beautifully produced, slick paper throughout with gorgeous color and tasteful typography and thoughtful images. The maps of Saladin's major battles are as good as any I've ever seen, anywhere. I gather that this is part of a series of famous military leaders and I should have noticed that it's under a hundred pages in length.

It's a terrific little book, very appealing. I only wish it was much, much longer and went into much greater depth, explaining the history of the era and the forces that gave rise to Saladin. Highly recommended. It's like eating at an expensive restaurant and being served a delicious, but small, piece of meat. Top quality but leaves you hungry for more. I didn't expect to be able to finish reading the book in one sitting. There is nothing left out of this book, it's thorough and well-written with an extensive bibliography. Tight, concise -- excellent reading. I just wish there was more of it.
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This must be David Nicolle's best effort ever. I am not normally a fan of the author but I have to give kudos this time around. This mini-biography on Saladin proves to be quite excellent. In less then 64 pages, the book managed to convey the full scope of life and time of Saladin from his birth to his death while explaining the complex situations of his political and military life. Usually, Robert Forczyk is the one who consistently write superbly well given the short format of Osprey books but in this book, David Nicolle did superb justice to his subject.

I found the book to be extremely well written, well researched and superbly illustrated. What surprise me was the depth of material presented here by the author. After reading this 64 page effort, I felt like I read a full length biography. I think one of the keys to the book's success was the way the author uses the maps. Much like Dr. Forczyk's style, the maps are crammed with information, almost cluttered like but yet readable and easy to follow. Another thing is that the book doesn't get bogged down in too much details although Hattin Campaign of 1187 does get some attention but that was Saladin's finest hour. The book's approach to it subject take a more neutral path, neither a great Muslim paladin or despot who craved for power and rule. He did seem to fight against Muslims as much as he fought against the Crusaders. I do agreed with the previous reviewer, I wish this book was longer in scope. It clear that the author have nailed Saladin's number. This book come highly recommended for anyone who got a casual interest in this subject.
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The author has done a fine job in preparing a short concise text cover Saladin as a military leader. Reviews made by others are largely correct, but this is an Osprey book. Somewhere along the line, in this particular "leadership" series, the editors have failed. Most who are interested in military history purchase Osprey books because they are relatively small in size with easy to read text. The main feature of Osprey books is that they are well illustrated. The reader expects, and usually finds, illustration that enhance the text and make it more readable. This book is a fine example of what an Osprey book should not be. It includes many illustrations; many of them are not relevant to what the reader wants or needs. Pictures of artifacts such as coins, broken swords, or even documents in Arabic, are of little use in helping understand the leadership and strategy of Saladin or any other military commander. Here are some examples of the illustrations:
-photo of Jazairat Ibn Umar with no map to show its location and no plan.
-B&W copy of a drawing of Jason the Hero - nothing to do with Saladin
- B&W photo of mace used during the era
-color photo of 12th century jar showing men dancing.
-color photo of interior of a reception hall from era of Saladin
-B&W photo of interior of Roman temple where Saladin played as a child.
-B&W photo of hunting scene
-B&W photo of harness showing a horseman
-B&W photo of charred 12th century wooden plaque showing a warrior
-B&W photo of tomb of Rashid al-Din SInan
-B&W photo of towns people in what used to be a town with a citadel
There are about another 35 illustrations like the above that add absolutely nothing to the topic of this book.
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This arrived last night as promised. Amazing customer service and hope to enjoy the book. I've always been fascinated by this strategies and will update this review at a later date.
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