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5.0 out of 5 stars No weak links in this chain of command (updated 3 December 2009), 4 Feb. 2009
This review is from: The Art of War: Great Commanders of the Modern World Since 1600 (Hardcover)
This volume, together with its companion dealing with the ancient and medieval period, provides an exceptionally informative and handsome overview of the history of warfare, as epitomised by the careers of some of its most significant practitioners.

Editor Andrew Roberts, himself no slouch as a military historian, has assembled a top team of writers, many of them leading authorities on their subjects. For example, in Volume One Scipio Africanus is tackled by Adrian Goldsworthy and Hannibal by Tom Holland, while Jonathan Sumption looks at the Black Prince and John Julius Norwich surveys Sultan Mehmet II. The line-up for Volume Two is equally impressive with, for example, Saul David on Shaka Zulu, John A. Barnes on Robert E. Lee, Michael Burleigh on Erich Von Manstein and Carlo D'Este on Douglas MacArthur. In consequence of this level of author expertise, the essays do not simply summarise what is already known, but in many cases they actually challenge the accepted wisdom, or present fresh evidence. With eight pages per commander, there is also space to add analysis to the core narrative, and to examine weapons and tactics, while a box exploring a particular battle or campaign gives further depth.

The choice of commanders in both volumes is also refreshingly broad. The big names are all there to be sure, but so are some lesser known, yet equally interesting, figures. In addition, the book's scope embraces key military writers and theorists, from Thucydides to Clausewitz (both assessed by Roberts). The geographical range is likewise wide, embracing Asia, Africa and South America as well as the more familiar battlefields of Europe and North America.

The production values of these chunky hardbacks are extremely high, with a well-designed layout, clear maps and an inspired collection of illustrations. Here, images really do complement the text. Although written to be accessible to the general reader, there is also much here that will interest the specialist. Currently being sold at a hefty discount, both books are worth more, and should not be confused with much of the hack-written and hackneyed military picture books that fill the shelves of the cut-price stores.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars recommended, 24 Feb. 2013
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chaz thompson (Kettering, Northants United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Art of War: Great Commanders of the Modern World Since 1600 (Hardcover)
highly recommended arrived onwell before date
been after this book for ages
not as good as previous (before 1600 ) but very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 July 2014
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Another well written and researched publication from A Roberts. An excellent treaty of, what is by its nature a vast subject. Good illustration and a good basis for anyone before beginning an in-depth study of any particular era or commander. Highly recommended
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