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The 15 Decisive Battles of the World from Marathon to Waterloo Kindle Edition
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I expected the grammar and vocabulary to be fairly old school considering it was first published in 1851 but once I got reading it turned out to be up to todays standards but without a biography or any unwanted information (even though the author Edward Creasy himself is a famous man).
The information itself is very good, the author is obviously a very intelligent man considering the amount of factual knowledge he has managed to gather and cram into an average looking paperback. He uses sources and translations to create a vivid narrative of each battle from Marathon in 490BC to Waterloo in 1815 (the book was published 36 years later). Creasy begins each battle by explaining the political situation at the time and takes you on a journey through the battle to the victory and aftermath, published pre World-War with no comparisons to the horrors or tactics the 20th century.
I have gained much knowledge and enjoyment from the information inside this book but I find the price of this particular paperback seems particularly steep.
Aged 20 England
Creasy begins in Ancient Greece with the Battle of Marathon where the mighty Persian army was decisively beaten, preceded by the brave Spartan stand at Thermopylae. Creasy takes us through the timelines to include Alexander the Great's epic victory over the Persian, Darius III, at Arbela, the crucial victory at Chalons that checked Attila the Hun's assaults against Europe, the Battle of Hastings, the Spanish Armada and the Americans' victory over the British at Saratoga. Going through there is no denying how crucial each battle was and many of the choices do seem surprising at first. The Carthaginian, Hannibal, gets an inevitable mention but it is the defeat of his brother at Metaurus that Creasy deems the crucial moment, for it prevented the two brothers joining their armies and potentially bringing Rome to its knees.Read more ›
The writers opinion shows up all through the book and although sometimes not a bad thing
For me it was just long winded there are much better out there just pay the little extra
an enthralling account of famous battles written in a very readable style.
An interesting read but bear in mind the distinct bias in the writing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very instructive and enjoyable. Have always wished I had greater insight into such history which played such a great part in old world history.
Shall seek out more .