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The Conquest of Gaul (Classics)
The Conquest of Gaul (Classics)
by Julius Caesar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Taedet me huius libris...I think, 6 Aug. 2006
Gallia est in partes divisa tris. Well I'd shred this tome into far more parts than that! Caesar is a uniquely boring writer with a knack for making the most exciting battles into an excruciating protracted yawn. Forsan et haec olim meminesse juvabit! I don't think so.
Dabit deus his quoque finem! but that was Vergil of course.
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Tides Of War
Tides Of War
by Steven Pressfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 5 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Tides Of War (Paperback)
I've read lots of historical novels and this is by far the best. It is not exaggeration to say that as an essay or study in politics and war it ranks, in terms of profundity and scope, with anything Shakespeare wrote. Of course the usual Pressfield consummate mastery of combat and action scenes is an additional bonus. This is a book to treasure.

Eagle in the Snow
Eagle in the Snow
by Wallace Breem
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars western with togas, 6 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Eagle in the Snow (Hardcover)
The plot is an unlikely melange of the Alamo, High Noon and Julian the Apostate with the latter element the most interesting. Somehow Breem pulls it off. It's a thoroughly gripping yarn and the last one hundred or so pages could only have been written by a military man. Not the best historical novel; that accolade must go to Steven Pressfield's "Tides of War". The modern master writes a foreword in this edition.

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