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This review is from: Sassannian Armies: Iranian Empire Early 3rd to Mid-7th Centuries AD (Paperback)
I think this book is excellent and disagree with kevancotton about the line drawings of coins, rock carvings and statues. I think they are interesting and useful, providing an insight into the sources for the interpretations shown in the colour plates in the book. They are in far greater number in this book that the osprey ones and are explored in greater detail. The McBride plates are amazing, more animated and interesting than his (still excellent) plates in the osprey books: Rome's enemies (3) - Parthians and Sassanid Persians (which are mostly more static studies as appose to in action) and Sassanian Elite Cavalry (where there are too many courtly settings and the best action plate is a double pager across a stiff spine book which makes it impossible to see the central figures clearly). These 3 books together make for an excellent resource of any modeller, historian or wargamer, if you have one you should really try to get the other 2 as, though individually they are all great, combined the plates and text provide a very vivid slice of this empires military history.
I have to say this is my fave of the 3 though.