Andrew Roberts has assembled an interesting group of authors and contributes a pertinent introduction; a wealth of apposite illustrations and useful battlefield maps complete an excellent volume - Military Illustrated.
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Which was the most brilliant of Hannibal's three crushing defeats of Roman armies? What tactics did Julius Caesar employ to defeat Pompey at Pharsalus? How was Alexander the Great able to command sufficient loyalty from his troops to lead them across half of the Asian landmass in search of new territories to conquer? What qualities made Attila the Hun a strategist of genius? How did Henry V of England achieve victory at Agincourt for such small losses to his own forces, when the mounted French knights suffered casualties in their thousands? The answers to these and a myriad other questions can be found in this lavish chronological survey of the greatest commanders of the ancient and medieval worlds. Compiled by a distinguished team of historians (including Robin Lane Fox, Tom Holland, Adrian Goldsworthy, John Julius Norwich, Jonathan Sumption and Felipe Fernandez-Armesto) working under the general editorship of Andrew Roberts, The Art of War is an authoritative account of the lives and careers of the greatest military commanders of the period 1500 BC - AD 1600, from Alcibiades to Attila, from Hannibal to Henry V, and from Trajan to Tamerlane. Each commander is profiled in a concise and informative 3000-word article which not only brings its subject vividly to life in a lively, fact-driven narrative, but also analyses and assesses his tactical and strategic gifts. These biographies are accompanied by “battle features” or “campaign features” - embellished by full-colour battle plans or campaign maps - focusing on the commanders' greatest battlefield achievements. Accessible and informative as it is rigorous and scholarly, The Art of War: Great Commanders of the Ancient and Medieval World is the perfect introduction to its subject for the general reader, but also a stimulating and thought-provoking survey for those with deeper knowledge of military history. With its companion volume The Art of War: Great Commanders of the Modern World, it forms an indispensable guide to the greatest generals that history has known.