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Turn Around and Run like Hell

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The great global conflicts of the twentieth century from the seige of ancient Babylon to Caesar's campaign.
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Barnes & Noble
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Mark
Feb 20, 2009 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I am not a big reader of history books, but am a fan of the military overall and saw this on the bargain rack at B&N, so I thought, what the hell.

The book basically jumps around to different eras and discusses one military battle which was won or utilized some unorthodox strategy. The author did a great job of setting up each situation very well so even if you didn't know about that era, he told you enough that you got the significance of everything.

Overall, I found it enjoyable. There were
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David Sarkies
Mar 08, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like military history
Recommended to David by: My Dad
Shelves: history
A brief look at some interesting strategies
17 April 2009

The version of this book that I read was actually called 'Turning the Tide of Battle' but after a bit of research I discovered that these books are the same (I think). However, I have read a lot of books like this and most of them have titles like 'Great Idiots and their Impact on History' (not a real book, but you get the picture). This book is different in that it does not look at the great bungles of history (and try to turn them into a
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James
May 10, 2009 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, history
Okay, but the title is overblown. Most of the stories aren't really amazing, and most of the strategies described aren't all that unconventional - basic stuff like faking a retreat to lure your enemy into a vulnerable position, feeding them phony intelligence information, setting ambushes, eavesdropping on military communication circuits, and so on. Rather than unconventional, I'd have said "indirect."

Still, an interesting read with some vivid accounts and portrayals of key people. Worth reading
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Lindsy
May 21, 2009 Lindsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is for the History Channel crowd. Its a fun read though. Particularly some of the events i wasn't so familiar with.
Ima
May 17, 2012 Ima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had some of the most amazing stories from history that I've read. Highly entertsining and worth every penny!
Peter
Mar 06, 2009 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, interesting stuff well told. The Maori could build a fortress like nobody's business, damn.
Kayleen
Aug 05, 2011 Kayleen rated it it was ok
Never fails to put me to sleep. May have to keep this on on the night stand.
Tom
Jan 01, 2011 Tom rated it liked it
Loose with the detailed facts but an interesting perspective on some war stories
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Joseph Cummins is the author of numerous books, including Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Elections; A Bloody History of the World, which won the 2010 Our History Project Gold Medal Award; and the forthcoming Ten Tea Parties: Patriotic Protests That History Forgot. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and daughter.
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