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Battlegrounds : Geography and the Art of Warfare

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An analysis of the way in which terrain affects how battles are fought and ultimately how it impacts history provides essays on historical conflicts complemented by vintage and modern maps.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 9th 2003 by National Geographic (first published 2003)
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Larry
Sep 16, 2016 Larry rated it it was ok
The essays in "Battlegrounds" are introductory level stuff that don't really address the role of geography (read topography) in shaping battles. When George Meade arrived at the Gettysburg battlefield late on the first day, he asked his subordinate commanders, "Is it good ground." That question doesn't get answered about any of the battlefields Cowley writes about, and more's the pity. Someone should write such a book.
mj Hangge
Dec 21, 2013 mj Hangge rated it really liked it
Author did a good job of discussing several different battlefields from a wide range of history. Well worth reading.
Steven Raszewski
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Poor rehash of battles and the geographic point not well made.
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"In addition to his writing, Stephenson spent more than twenty-five years as a professional book editor, for much of that time with a particular focus on military publishing."

"Stephenson is the former editor of the Military Book Club and the editor of National Geographic's Battlegrounds: Geography and the History of Warfare. He is also the author of Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was
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