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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: DK; 1st edition (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140533696X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405336963
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 2.8 x 30.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charli Douglas on 24 April 2014
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I bought this for a friend for Christmas who likes historic figures, and was slightly worried it'd be a bit basic, but he loved it. Great pictures, and nicely laid out.
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A good interesting read with births, deaths, key battles and a summary of each commander. You can often find timelines for each one too. Also for the key battles it will give you a timeline for the battle, how each unit was ordered to do different tasks, how many casualties there were, a summary and map of how the battle was fought. Very good with lots of detail, I thoroughly recommend this book!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Mar. 2013
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Bought for a friends birthday. It is very good quality and excellent value for money.
It covers commanders from 1500BC to present day.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tatiana on 14 Oct. 2014
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Very good book
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Very Impressive 4 Nov. 2010
By nhall - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very well made. The pictures and writing are fantastic. The historical details are very in depth and correct. Commanders covers all of history's greatest generals along with the main battles they participated in. Military tactics are discussed in detail, along with large maps of each battlefield. I have learned so much from this book. Anyone with an interest in history should own this book.

I have one suggestion for non-history buffs who are buying this book. Buy a general book about world or military history along with Commanders. My suggestion is "War" by DK publishing. While Commanders does an excellent job at presenting generals and key battles, it only offers a relatively brief synopsis of the background of each war. Reading both "War" and "Commanders" together helped me gain a very detailed understanding of each conflict.

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A gorgeous book and pretty good reading, too 29 Mar. 2011
By Michael K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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DK's specialty is coffee-table-sized books of heavily illustrated history, and this is one of their more absorbing efforts. It covers "commanders," as opposed to battle-leaders and there's a great deal more to commanding an army than a talent for generalship. Historically, the man at the top of the ladder -- and a very diverse collection of individuals they have been -- is responsible not just for deciding how and where those under him will fight, but for training and often recruitment of soldiers, their training and outfitting, the maintenance of their health and morale, the gathering of intelligence about the enemy, and communications both up and down the food chain. George Patton, for instance, was (in my opinion) a terrific leader in battle but a terrible commander. George Custer (who is definitely not included among the stars in this volume) should never have been promoted beyond lieutenant. And for every Alexander the Great, all glitz and glory, there's a cool, unromantic Dwight Eisenhower. Of course, command itself has changed greatly, even just in the past few decades. A general used to have to find a convenient nearby hilltop in order to direct a battle; now he can do fight a war in the Middle East via satellites from an operations room in Florida. Because my own interests are more in classical and medieval matters than in modern history, I read most closely the sections on Julius Caesar and Charles Martel and the Black Prince, and their peers, antagonists, and immediate subordinates. I found quite a few names about whom I knew almost nothing, like Hubert Lyautey and Jan Zizka and Tomas Fairfax, and I learned a good deal. Nor did I find any gross errors of fact or peculiarities of interpretation. An attempt also is made to balance western history with sections on Japan, India, Africa, and the Moslem world, which is generally successful. Besides the well-written text, of course, there are drawings and portraits and classical paintings of battle scenes on every page, plus maps and timelines and interesting sidebars. Finally, any book like this, with "greatest" in the title and selective by design, is going to start arguments, but I really couldn't think of anyone missing from its pages whom I would have included. (I might have omitted Pancho Villa, though.) In fact, the inclusion of some of the less known figures in military history, like Jan Sobieski and Menelik II, makes this a useful work even to the experienced reader.
I love DK books! 9 April 2011
By UpDownAllAround - Published on Amazon.com
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These books by DK are just fantastic! I started out buying a few of the children's books for my kiddos and ended up looking at some of the more advanced reading materials and just fell in love with their stuff. I absolutely love the pictures... I know that in our society the joke is that only dumb people look at the pictures in books, but I'm okay with that. I'm not an expert in the field of world history, war, or commanders, but books like this really make the material approachable and fun to read! If you just want som BEAUTIFUL books for a waiting room (doctor's office & the like) your customers will appreciate stuff like this more than the mindless trash in today's magazines. I've let my friends and family know that for my birthday or other gifts I'm all about the DK books!
Military Leaders of the Western World 25 Jan. 2014
By Nathan Dove - Published on Amazon.com
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If your looking for a book that shows detailed biographical information about various military leaders throughout the ages and information about their tactics on the battlefield then buy this book. More profound Military Commanders such as Napoleon and Alexander the Great have more pages and information dedicated to them. For others its brief information. What disappoints me about this book is that the title is misleading. It really should be called "Commanders of the Western World." Commanders does mention military leaders of other cultures such as Saladin, Oda Nobunaga, and even Crazy Horse. But much of the book seems to be dedicated towards Westerners. Even with the cultural bias I would STILL recommend this book to a lover of history and military history.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Reference 21 Jan. 2011
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really like this book, and look at it often. Although I have found some faults with it. It only gives Lawrence of Arabia a small side box, where as I feel he deserved a full (or half) page at least. (Yes, I'm a Lawrence of Arabia fan...). And, also, I got the impression from the text about Alexander the Great that he was some good guy. But, in reality, he was rather an alchoholic and might have been bipolar. He also was't as nice as the text made him seem. (Hence the 4 stars...)
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