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3.0 out of 5 stars A very long, very distracted work, 7 May 2008
This review is from: Tank: The Progress of a Monstrous War Machine (Paperback)
At its core Tank covers the history of the tank from the grindingly slow British vehicles of WW1 to the latest armoured units in Israeli mobile warfare.

There is in-depth discussion of improvements and epic moments such as Kursk. It even shows how the tank has seeped into popular culture and the first hand experiences describing their impact on the battle field is chilling.

The only problem (and it is a major one) is how often Patrick Wright gets hopelessly distracted. There is an entire section on JFC Fuller with Alistair Crowley- interesting but not very relevant and later on there's a very random section on the concept vehicle (a bit like a tank) for homeless people in America. This has nothing to do with the topic and is obviously a pipe dream. The final points aren't about the future of armoured vehicles in combat but about Mums in their large 4x4 vehicles!

The information you bought this book for is there, but at times it's like sifting for gold. This book needs MAJOR editing.

There's a great 300 page tale about the creation and evolution of the tank wrapped in this unnecessarily chunky book. A missed opportunity.

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