Carey's book is a superbly crafted work on the ancient strategy of war, and the maps created by his previous students, Allfree and Cairns, are indispensably critical. I wish this book had been available when I took my first semester of History of Western Civilizations. I've always felt such a vague understanding of what actually transpired during certain key battles, and this book put in my grasp a clear understanding of precisely what weapons, people, strategy and consequence were witnessed by the civilizations of the western ancient world during war. This book would make an excellent supplemental text for first level Western Civ courses, especially for Military History courses. I'm anxious to read the upcoming volume II, Warfare in the Medieval World, by this team of historians and cartographers, which I understand should be available summer 2006.