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Great Battlefields of the World [Hardcover]

John MacDonald , Anthony Livesey
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Feb 2003
Brings to life thirty of the most important battles in history, from Hannibal's victory at Cannae in 216 B.C. to the surrender of French forces at the Vietnamese battle of Dien Bien Phu. Color illustrations, graphics, maps, and photos.
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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books (Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785817190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785817192
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 25 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The potential reader needs to be careful about which edition of the book he or she is looking at. The edition I am reviewing is the 2002 edition which starts with the Battle at Cannae in August, 216 BC between Hannibal and the Romans, and ends with Dien Bien Phu, Viet Nam, between November 1953 and May, 1954, between the French and the Viet Minh. John MacDonald started producing this series back in 1984 and I believe the latest edition is 2008. This is an easy read. Lots of maps and pictures. Minimal analysis. I bought this particular edition because it includes the battle for Kohima's Garrison Hill. Its okay. Not a five star effort. This edition has a couple of things going for it that are worth mentioning. There is a foreword by General Sir John Hackett or Arnhem fame. Its only a couple of pages and worth reading because of his personal reminiscences. The introduction is by Len Deighton, which, in my opinion, doesn't add much to the book. The last thing this edition has going for it is the selection of battles that are discussed. As mentioned earlier, MacDonald has been pumping out these puppies for some time and he had the luxury of including some lesser known engagements. The engagements that I found interesting were from the Crusades, the Boer War, the Spanish Civil War and the Battle of Solferino (24 June 1859). So, for those of you interested in military history, this is a good introduction. The reading is light, you can whip through a chapter in about a half hour, there's lots of maps and pictures and there isn't a lot of heavy analysis by the author regarding tactics and strategies to be waded through. You may come across an engagement which piques your interest in learning more about that particular battle or that particular war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is a great military history book 19 Mar 1999
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This book uses great computer-generated battlefeild layouts and descriptions on each battlefeild to help the reader understand the tactics and politics of the battle and the weaponary used in the battle from B.C. to the Korean War
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4.0 out of 5 stars Predominately British Battles 12 Feb 2006
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Good overview of some well known(Austerlitz, Saratoga, Gettysburg), and lesser known (Colensa, Omduran) battles. Concentrates on 1700-present, and preference to battles involving the British.

Very good graphics, with unique battlefield illustrations. Touches upon weapons, leaders in multiple inserts. The text is relatively brief, strssing a few key issues.

Best suited to someone who already has a general knowledge of military history, looking for a broad overview of the battles covered. Not an "academic" history.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Look at famous battlefields. 8 Jan 2005
By Philip - Published on
I first took this book out from the local library a few years ago, and still read it now, as it has found a position on my bookshelf. The illustrations in this book are truly amazing, from Cannae to Dien-Bien-Phu, they clearly show the terrain, and the troop deployments. The Author clearly defines what happens on the battlefield, and helpfull side columns and miscellaneous information pad out the package. This is a book I still love to read, and I assure you that any other military history buff will love it as well.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, GREAT BOOK! 1 25 Nov 1999
By Jose - Published on
This book is the best! They go through about 25 different battles with great pictures of the whole battle. Using little troops and vechiles so you can see the battle from a sky perspective. Along with the pictures it gives you a huge amount of imformation on every battle in there. Some famous ones it covers are: Waterloo, Iwo Jima, Gettysburg.... If you like this, check out GREAT BATTLES OF WW2, GREAT BATTLEFEILDS OF THE CIVIL WAR
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Battlefields of the World 16 Sep 2013
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This is one volume in a collection of at least 4 other illustrated military history books dealing with battles or the World Wars including the American Civil War . This volume covers a variety of major battles fought from ancient times up to the battle of Dien Bien Phu in the 20th Century. All the volumes published in this series are excellent and provide concise descriptions of the battles or wars but also include a unique assortment of maps, illustations and photographs to visually portray them. What's most special and unique about each book in the series are the amazing 3D paintings that render scenes of battles in progress from an aerial perspective. These painting are fantastic and literally make you, the viewer, feel like you're there in a way that's never ever been duplicated in any other illustrated history book since. It's very easy to recommend any or all of them to have.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is really neat, how they do it. 29 Mar 1998
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It is a neat book. How they make the battlefields is like this: They get the land on the computer, and then they do it at all different angles, and then they get the artist to draw the troops, and even the exact weather conditions! It is really neat.
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