A MAIN SELECTION OF THE HISTORY BOOK CLUB AND THE MILITARY BOOK CLUB "Two world-class historians present, eloquently and persuasively, twenty battles that fundamentally changed the course of history. "Moment of Battle" is a "must "acquisition for anyone seeking to understand the nature of human development--and its turning points."--Dennis E. Showalter, professor of history, Colorado College, author of "Armor and Blood"" " "In a single volume, James Lacey and Williamson Murray have distilled a lifetime of learning and insight into the most influential battles in world history. This is a readable and compelling primer and a feast for the student of military history."--James D. Hornfischer, author of "Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal" ""Moment of Battle" is an exciting account of important battles in history from Marathon in 490 B.C. to Baghdad in 2003. Its authors are excellent military historians with personal experience in modern warfare and a command of the character of warfare throughout the ages. They write in clear and lively prose in a way that will capture the reader's interest even as they communicate their own learning and excitement with the subject."--Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics and History, Yale University "Lacey and Murray have performed a signal service by reminding readers of the transcendent importance of major battles in shaping history. Readers can disagree with some of their selections, but that is part of the fun of a work like this: It makes you think even as it entertains and informs. This is an invaluable primer on military history."--Max Boot, author of "Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present"" " "The world's greatest battles are common book themes; but Lacey and Murray offer two twists to the well-known genre. First, they focus on mostly unappreciated encounters such as Yarmuk, Vicksburg, Kursk, and Dien Bien Phu. Second, their accounts are not mere strategy and tactics, but human stories of the soldiers that won and lost these horrific battles. The result is a riveting human story about how 2,500 years of history were changed by a few remarkable individuals."--Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution, author of "Carnage and Culture" and "The Savior Generals" ""Moment of Battle" is a more than worthy successor to Sir Edward Creasey's classic, "The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World." It has extraordinary value because it accomplishes three things unusually well: It has a necessarily largely tactical (and operational) organizing idea and focus that is executed superbly; it is written with a strategic sense that is ever alert to the vital strategist's question 'So what?'; and it is accessibly written. It is a really good read."--Professor Colin S. Gray, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Reading "From Marathon to the Iraq War, "Moment of Battle" offers an unflinching account of the reality of conflicts that have shaped human history. Its wise and crisp chapters make ancient history fresh and put current events in perspective. This is a book for every student of military history to read and learn from."--Barry Strauss, author of "Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership" "At last, two eminent military historians have explained how the world's most critical battles affected the course of civilization. "Moment of Battle" is a fresh, lively, and remarkable explanation about how the power of armies has shaped history."--Bing West, co-author of "Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War"" " "Undeniably successful . . . Literate narratives and balanced conclusions should attract a deservedly large readership."--"Booklist" "Will open interesting doors for casual readers and provide plenty of debate fodder for military-history buffs."--"Kirkus Reviews"" " "Engaging, well written, and thoroughly researched, this book will appeal to amateur and professional historians alike."--"Publishers Weekly"
About the Author
James Lacey is the author most recently of "The First Clash, " about the battle of Marathon, and is a widely published defense analyst who has written for "Time, National Review, Foreign Affairs, " and other publications. He currently teaches at the Marine Corps War College and Georgetown University. Williamson Murray is the author of a wide selection of articles and books, including, with Allan R. Millett, the acclaimed "A War to Be Won, " an operational history of World War II, and has held numerous distinguished academic chairs. He is presently a defense analyst at the Potomac Institute and teaches at the Naval War College.