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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849083215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849083218
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 694,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Field was born in Hertford, England in 1943 and was educated in Cheltenham, where he gained a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree. He was Head of History at The Cotswold School at Bourton-on-the-Water until his retirement in 2007. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1982, he taught History at Piedmont High School in California from 1982-83. He was associate editor of the Confederate Historical Society of Great Britain from 1983 through 1992, and was elected a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, based in Washington, D.C., in 2005. In 2010 he was awarded a Research Fellowship at the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, The John Hay Library, Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. He is also a contributing editor of Military Images, a magazine devoted to the photographic history of the U.S. soldier and sailor in the 19th century. A prolific author, Ron is an internationally acknowledged expert on U.S. military history.

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Field aptly captures the spirit of Garibaldi and his times in this 64-page paperback. Excellent artwork by Peter Dennis and detailed maps enhance this chronicle of a remarkable man and military campaigns that shaped the course of history. --Toy Solider & Model Figure

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Until his retirement in 2007, Ron Field was Head of History at the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1982 and taught history at Piedmont High School in California from 1982 to 1983. He was associate editor of the Confederate Historical Society of Great Britain, from 1983 to 1992. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on US military history, and was elected a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, based in Washington, DC, in 2005.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2012
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This is a very good introduction to "the only wholly admirable figure in modern history", as he has been called by a modern historian. It is excellently illustrated, both in the maps and plates, and in the supporting illustrations. Garibaldi fought in wars of liberation in both Europe and South America, and was a superb leader in combat.

Page 6 - "According to the eminent British historian, A.J.P. Taylor, Garibaldi was `the only wholly admirable figure in modern history.' For his battles on behalf of freedom in Latin America, Italy and France he was dubbed the `Hero of Two Worlds'. When editing Garibaldi's Memoirs in 1860, Alexandre Dumas qualified this by stating: `A man who defends his own country or attacks another's is no more than a soldier... but he, who adopts some other country as his own and makes offer of his sword and his blood, is more than a soldier. He is a hero...'"

"Garibaldi understood how to inspire men on the battlefield. He proved himself to be an able tactician and, most importantly of all, was able to lead the bayonet charges at Calatafemi and Volturno that tipped the scales of battle and led to ultimate victory."

The Contents are -
P04: Introduction
P07: The Early Years 1807-47
P09: The Hours of Destiny 1848-60
P51: Later Years 1861-82
P56: Opposing Commanders
P59: Inside the Mind
P61: A Life in Words
P62: Bibliography
P64: Index

The Colour Plates
P05: Map - Garibaldi's European campaigns and battles, 1849-71
P12: Map - The defence of Rome, 1849
P17: Colour Plate - Villa Corsini, siege of Rome, 1849
This shows Garibaldi on horseback, with six infantry of the Italian Legion, advancing into the fire of the (off-page) French; with the villa in the bachground.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil Carmichael on 12 July 2013
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This is a really poorly written book (sorry to disagree with the previous reviewer). It is like a long Wiki page or a schoolboy's essay. The first thing a military biography like this needs is a proper introduction. The introduction to this book is actually just a summary and completely incomprehensible until you have read the rest of the book. The introduction should have explained to the reader what the political situation in Italy was at the time and who ruled which parts of the future Italy. It might have helped to explain what the "revolution(s)" was/were about. But no, we just get a Fodor's guide to Italy with battles one after the other. It is true the focus of the book is supposed to be the great man himself, but with no explanation of who he was fighting against the book degenerates into a list of towns, battles and a huge cast of opponents and allies of ,mostly, unknown significance. Likewise when Garibaldi slopes off to South America the reader is likely to ask: why South America? Although he went there and fought for freedom etc, it is not at all clear who he fought for or against and what was the outcome. It is a relief that this book is so short, otherwise I probably wouldn't have finished it. I give two stars only for the illustrations, some of which have been drawn specfically for the book and a large number of engravings, mostly from the much lamented "Illustrated London news".
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By Andrew Gledhill on 16 July 2014
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Excellent book.well written
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very interesting biography on Garibaldi 4 July 2011
By lordhoot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is my first biography on Garibaldi so everything is bit new to me on this guy. Ron Field's mini-biography on Giuseppe Garibaldi proves to be a well written, pretty good detail and highly interesting biography of one of the greatest military commanders of the mid-19th Century. And he was one of the more important revolutionaries of his period and without a doubt, Founding Father of modern day Italy. One of the amazing aspects of the military career of this man was that he was basically an amateur, untrained warrior who mastered the art of war, much like Oliver Cromwell before him or Bedford Forest during the American Civil War. He got his introduction in South America and basically perfected his skills as leader of men. More then anything else you can say about Garibaldi as a military commander, he was indeed a leader of men.

This short biography (62 narrative pages) clearly show the tenacious nature of Garibaldi in his desire to fight for Italy's freedom and uniting his nation into one kingdom. What the book repeatedly shows is that key to Garibaldi's success lies in his ability to get super human efforts out of his soldiers (mostly young and untried) to acheived victories when there were none. He does this by sheer leadership, leading from the front, exposing himself to danger to inspired his men. But often, he was reckless with his men's lives. However, in saying so, the book clearly shows that he was reckless with his own as well. While great in maneuvers, he was lucky in strategy and fortunate in tactics. His charisma affects friends, enemies and neutrals alike. His overall success as a commander would have to be judged by the foes he encountered. You have to admit, Neapolitan military exactly doesn't put a lot of respect among readers of military history. Their threats against Garibaldi has always been numbers and better weapons. Austrians have always been slow and he wasn't too successful against the French.

The book was well supported by great illustrations but I thought the maps were bit on the weak side, they were serviceable to used another reviewer's word. The book went into bit of his personal life as well and I thought that was pretty good but it didn't go too much into his politics. And like the great ancient Roman hero Cincinnatus, Garibaldi also refused the honors of his nation and died peacefully as a farmer.

Book come highly recommended for anyone who got an interest in Garibaldi. He is a name that been written upon many times in many books but getting a short detail biography like this is really a gift. If you are like me and this is a first time for you...this book will get you started for a thicker one later on.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A very good introduction to "the only wholly admirable figure in modern history" 8 Mar. 2012
By Mr. Mice Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very good introduction to "the only wholly admirable figure in modern history", as he has been called by a modern historian. It is excellently illustrated, both in the maps and plates, and in the supporting illustrations. Garibaldi fought in wars of liberation in both Europe and South America, and was a superb leader in combat.

Page 6 - "According to the eminent British historian, A.J.P. Taylor, Garibaldi was `the only wholly admirable figure in modern history.' For his battles on behalf of freedom in Latin America, Italy and France he was dubbed the `Hero of Two Worlds'. When editing Garibaldi's Memoirs in 1860, Alexandre Dumas qualified this by stating: `A man who defends his own country or attacks another's is no more than a soldier... but he, who adopts some other country as his own and makes offer of his sword and his blood, is more than a soldier. He is a hero...'"

"Garibaldi understood how to inspire men on the battlefield. He proved himself to be an able tactician and, most importantly of all, was able to lead the bayonet charges at Calatafemi and Volturno that tipped the scales of battle and led to ultimate victory."

The Contents are -
P04: Introduction
P07: The Early Years 1807-47
P09: The Hours of Destiny 1848-60
P51: Later Years 1861-82
P56: Opposing Commanders
P59: Inside the Mind
P61: A Life in Words
P62: Bibliography
P64: Index

The Colour Plates
P05: Map - Garibaldi's European campaigns and battles, 1849-71
P12: Map - The defence of Rome, 1849
P17: Colour Plate - Villa Corsini, siege of Rome, 1849
This shows Garibaldi on horseback, with six infantry of the Italian Legion, advancing into the fire of the (off-page) French; with the villa in the bachground.
P24: Map - The 1859 Campaign
P39: Map - The battle of Milazzo, 1860
P43: Colour Plate - Garibaldi and his lieutenants at Messina, 1860
This shows Garibaldi and four of his senior officers, standing among the batteries of Messina, with many figures in the background, and a view across the sea.
P49: Map - The battle of Volturno, 1 October 1860
P53: Colour Plate - The battle of Volturno, 1860
This shows Garibaldi leading his men in the last desperate charge to turn back the advancing Neapolitan troops, which wins the battle. This is a big crowd scene, reminiscent of many 19th century paintings of battles. (That is a compliment.)

There are many excellent contemporary monochrome and colour illustrations supporting the text.
Excellent book about one of the greatest figures of XIX Century 18 Mar. 2014
By Andres C. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent overview of the life of Giuseppe Garibaldi as a Military leader. It is well written, which makes an enjoyable reading. It explains very well the battles that he lead.

Garibaldi's life is full of events, which makes him a romantic character of XIX Century. He warred in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Europe. He was commander of Uruguayan and Rio Grande do Sul navies...he was even called by Lincoln to fight for Union side in American Civil War.

Unfortunately we all know that space is short in Osprey books, so this one focuses only on his Italian actions, mentioning briefly the hero's deeds in South America, where his character and his ideals were formed.

Nevertheless, it is a very fine book to introduce the reader in the figure and legacy of Garibaldi.

Accompanied by excellent illustrations of Peter Dennis and useful maps, I recommend buying it to start learning about "The Hero of Two Worlds".
Fascinating study 10 Jun. 2013
By James D. Crabtree - Published on Amazon.com
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Knowing virtually nothing about Garibaldi other than he was instrumental to Italy's unification during the 19th Century, I looked forward to reading this book knowing that as an Osprey book it would distill the story to its essence. I was not disappointed.

Ron Field did an excellent job in his study of Garibaldi, who was not just a general who fought for years to create the Italian state, but he learned his craft in wars of liberation in South America and also spent some time in America. His campaigns in Rome, Northern Italy and the Two Sicilies discussed and illustrated with period artwork, photographs and maps. He seems to have been both a natural tactician and an inspirational leader and this book does justice to those traits.As an introduction to Garibaldi this book provides a starting point to look at other aspects of this important time in Italian history.
Good work 11 April 2012
By Marco Gnagnetti - Published on Amazon.com
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A fresh exposition of our national hero, in the 150th of reunification.

Good work and simple but effective analysis about the man and the general.

Too bad for the few glitches when referring italian mottos.
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