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Essential for those interested in military history
on 7 July 2000
This book is a typical Osprey product. Is exhaustive in his data and very well documented. Of course, it is not a novel, so you are not going to find "The killer angels", but is well written and clear. In my opinion the most remarkable aspect is that is full of portraits of the men that fought this battle in both sides. All the major events, Bufford's retarding action, Little Round Top fight and, of course, Pickett's charge, are described in detail and whit its own maps. In addittion some other minor engagements are covered too, as the action at Culp's Hill in the second day and the cavalry battle in the third day.
The plates from Adam Hook describing the events of the battle are very well detailed, although to my view, they are a little "static". Graphics and maps are excellent and usually clear in its explanations of the timeline of the action. There is one thing to improve, the chronological descriptions of the panoramic views should be ordered in a different way. The reader must "search and jump" from one explanation to other as their location in the view does not correspond with its chronology.
To my belief, the major drawback of this book is the complete absence of a general view of the battlefield. I know that anyone that have read about this battle knows the famous "fishhook shape" of the Union defense. But Pickett's charge is most famous and the action is described in a panoramic view. If you don't have a photographic memory, you should consult a general view map from another book in order to understand some of the movements, fights and problems faced by the comanders during those three days of battle.
To cut a long history. A "must" if you like American Civil War History.