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History's worst battles

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Paperback, 256 pages
Published 2014 by New Burlington Books
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Shawn Slattery
Sep 15, 2014 Shawn Slattery rated it liked it
This is one of those "list" books that provides snippets of information on various historical eras. It's unique, because one of the most popular "battle" book styles is the "most decisive battles" which is the same 50 or so battles again and again.

By choosing the worst battles (not necessarily decisive ones) Levy presents a few battles I had never even heard of.

Of course, the weakness of these books is that they are not going to answer your question, they are only going to inspire you to do mor
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John
Aug 13, 2014 John rated it liked it
uhm, I may be generous with the 3 rating, however, it's a decent overview of 50 battles for the price and it has a bibliography so... the 3 stars.

Did you know Custer was a Confedrate General ? Neither did I, seeing he was NOT.

Did you know that General Grant kept Custer from commanding the expedition that ended with Custer's death ? Oops, nope it was President Grant.

With errors like that I do wonder about the rest of the book at times. But I noted no other errors in the battles I was familier wit
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T.O. Munro
Aug 04, 2014 T.O. Munro rated it liked it
This is an interesting catalogue of military carnage. The truly horrific butcher's bills of some battles makes for a grim realisation of the horrors of warfare. Companies of soldiers decimated in the general understanding (10% surviving) of the term, rather than the strict Roman Legion definition of executing every tenth man of a irresolute legion to stiffen their discipline.

Many battles have been identified and interestingly categorised according to five criteria (high casualty rate, catastroph
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Matt
Apr 06, 2014 Matt rated it liked it
Enjoyed most if the book however there are improvements that could be made I feel it would be better if there was more detail given in the battles even if that meant covering a few less battles!
I do like the way it categorises them into what happened ie tactical blunder catastrophic defeat etc! There has been a lot if research done it was just let down by that minor point. Still if your interested in military history it's certainly worth a read.
Ray Savarda
Feb 21, 2015 Ray Savarda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-and-sold
A interesting overview of many historic battles, with 3-10 page descriptions of each battle. Glossy pages, with color pictures, it was light, fast, interesting read.
Tim
Jul 19, 2014 Tim rated it liked it
Shelves: war_books
More maps would of made it a more engaging read.
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Shelves: non-fiction
Great history refresher
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Joel Levy is a writer and journalist specializing in science and history. He is the author of over a dozen books, including The Little Book of Conspiracies and Scientific Feuds: From Galileo to the Human Genome Project. PHOBIAPEDIA is his first book for children.
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