By Richard Overy
A historical past of struggle distilled into a hundred momentous battles – epic moments that experience formed our world.
From the earliest recorded skirmishes of the traditional international to the automated conflicts of at the present time, popular army historian Richard Overy dramatically brings to existence the points of interest and sounds of the main major battles in international heritage: the flash of metal, the thunder of weapons, the shrieks of the demise, and the unusual, eerie calm that descends at the bloodstained battlefield while the battling is done.
Each of the a hundred battles featured within the ebook – from the autumn of Troy to Operation desolate tract typhoon – indicates how the character of armed strive against has replaced as expertise, method and strategies have advanced over time.
Yet, both strikingly, the result of just about the entire battles around the a while were determined by means of a similar mixture of management, braveness, deception, innovation and, many times, a second of fine fortune. instead of prepared chronologically, the battles are equipped lower than those various subject matters to bare incredible connections throughout centuries and cultures.
In Richard Overy’s personal phrases, ‘Battle isn't really a online game to plug right into a machine yet a bit of residing heritage: messy, bloody and real.’ no matter what else has replaced over the past few millennia, that a lot is still a similar.
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A History of War in 100 Battles by Richard Overy