A History of War in 100 Battles

A History of War in 100 Battles

Their very names--Gettysburg, Waterloo, Stalingrad--evoke images of great triumph and equally great suffering, moments when history seemed to hang in the balance. Considered in relation to each other, such battles--and others of less immediate renown--offer insight into the changing nature of armed combat, advances in technology, shifts in strategy and thought, as well as Their very names--Gettysburg, Waterloo, Stalingrad--evoke images of great triumph and equally great suffering, moments whe...

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Title:A History of War in 100 Battles
Author:Richard Overy
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Genres:History
ISBN:0199390711
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

A History of War in 100 Battles Reviews

  • Gordon
    Mar 16, 2015
    I grew up as a fairly bloodthirsty kid, with a prerequisite set of soldiers and blocks to build fortresses. This book lets us see the nature of war across mankind's violent history. It is coldly objective, detailing the destruction of American troops during the Tet Offensive, the brave...
  • Jacqui
    Jan 19, 2016
    I enjoyed learning a bit about the important battles down through history. I especially liked that the author included an image of a piece of art depicting each battle. It helped me feel more immersed in the history to see art pieces made by artists for whom the battles were still rece...
  • Steven Peterson
    Aug 23, 2014
    An interesting book. It is organized around a series of issues related to how battles are shaped and what factors can affect the outcomes of combat. Overall, I like to work. The major problem, from my perspective, is that individual battles do not have much detail provided. In some way...
  • Ron
    Oct 20, 2014
    Richard Overy seeks to provide a summary history of war through the ages by focusing on one hundred battles. He opens with a introductory chapter (The Truth of Battle) and then dives into the battles, placing each in one of five categories (Leadership, Against the Odds, Innovation, Dec...
  • Ryan Lackey
    May 11, 2018
    A decent premise -- talking about 100 battles and how they influenced the world, as distinct from how wars or other conflicts influenced the world -- but unfortunately less than ideal execution. The author is essentially a historian, not a military commander, and didn't seem to really ...
  • Steve
    Dec 07, 2014
    Loved this book and a great and interesting read for those interested in military history and military battles. The author selected 100 different battles from ancient to modern times and broke down the use of tactics and weaponry that were used. ...
  • Paul Franco
    Feb 07, 2015
    Despite how relatively short each chapter is, it takes a while to read through. And this isn?t like most books of its kind where half of it is taken up by notes and bibliography. With my preferences it was obvious ?Deception? was going to be my favorite par?Trojan Horse, anyon...
  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    Aug 26, 2014
    A must have for your history library. Overy is a historian of some reknown and certainly knows his stuff amply shown by his ability to explain succinctly the key aspects of battles from 331 BC to the 20th century. I have treasured copy of Creasy's 15 Decisive Battles written in...
  • Nancy Kennedy
    Sep 06, 2014
    Whether you're a fiction or a nonfiction reader, the books you read are replete with references to famous battles. For years, I've skipped over references to Midway, the Somme, Bannockburn, Actium, Agincourt, Little Big Horn and more, telling myself I'd look them up someday. Well... th...
  • Викторија
    Oct 09, 2014
    First of all, I'd like to thank Oxford University Press for my ARC via NetGalley. Military history is fascinating, that much is certain, especially when related in a vivid, engaging way that appeals to the well-initiated and to the novice alike. One of the greatest advantages of ...
  • Margaret Sankey
    Jul 29, 2014
    I appreciate that Overy is a good military historian. I liked that instead on one chronology, he highlights battles which explicate decisive leadership, innovation, deceptions, timing, courage in the face of fire and lopsided odds. I give points for having text under the pictures that ...
  • Suyash
    Nov 15, 2017
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  • Charlie (NJBiblio)
    Oct 05, 2014
    These types of survey/anthology books are often difficult to pull off. Fortunately with A History of War in 100 Battles, this was not the case. The history of war and warfare is often a difficult subject to tackle, but Richard Overy has done it expertly. Not only would this book be a g...
  • P.e. lolo
    Apr 06, 2018
    This is a fantastic book for the history buff or for the person that is just wanting to know the importance of battles in history and how they may have shape the course of time. The author gives short details that are through and concise of the main players of each battle, the how?s ...
  • Finn
    Jun 27, 2017
    I bought this book due to its scope - it covers battles from ~1000 BCE to today, and from all areas of the world. It gives a brief overview of many of the most important, influential and intriguing battles that have occurred over the past few millennia. As a result of mostly summarisin...
  • Allen
    Nov 10, 2016
    Fascinating and well-written. ...
  • Aleksandar Todorovski
    Mar 08, 2017
    Definitely the best sum up of the most important battles in military history as well as the historical circumstances, technological conditions and the human factors with the zeitgeist which conditioned them. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to have a grasp of military histo...
  • Richard Hughes
    Oct 03, 2018
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  • Paul
    Feb 04, 2015
    I have always been interested in the history of war as an insight into the human heart, destructive as it can be. The book is a very fine overview of battles scattered throughout history with some introductions on the main elements of war, deception, technology, luck, etc. But I ...
  • Randhir
    Feb 28, 2017
    The author has lived upto his reputation. He has selected 100 battles and given us an interesting history of warfare from the beginning. The battles have been divided into convenient chapters. As a work of reference it's exceptional. His incisive comments starting from the introductory...
  • Vaughan
    Sep 10, 2017
    A short potted history of 100 battles that were historic and important in their own way. The book is divided into themes, such as leadership and luck in citing decisive factors influencing the outcome. I enjoyed this book, I'm now looking into several of the battles for more detail. ...
  • Billy Roper
    Mar 03, 2017
    My wife got me this book as a gift, and I absolutely loved it, almost as much as I love her. Okay, not that much, but it is a good book. I learned a lot of details about several battles in the Napoleonic Wars from it which I'm utilizing in my new alternate history novel 'Commonwealth'....
  • André
    Nov 21, 2017
    Interessante mas um tanto repetitivo ...
  • David Taylor
    Jun 30, 2015
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  • Isabellah Hamilton
    Jun 29, 2015
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  • Stephen
    Jan 03, 2019
    7/10-put aside at page 250. ...
  • Rob Pipe
    Feb 20, 2017
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  • Liam
    Sep 26, 2016
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  • Emilio
    Apr 20, 2018
    Talvez uma das maiores decepes deste ano . Apesar de ter um formato de lbum e boa apresentao , as batalhas so colocadas de forma resumidas , escritas as vezes de forma confusa e com claros erros de traduo ...
  • SoyBoi
    May 23, 2018
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