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Battle: A Visual Journey Through 5,000 Years of Combat

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  172 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Featuring key developments in military technology from the discoveries of bronze and iron to the introduction of gunpowder and the creation of weapons of mass destruction, this work provides a dramatic overview of 5,000 years of armed combat. High school & older.
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
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Apr 14, 2008 Tami rated it it was amazing
Battle is the most complete military history reference book on the market. This amazing text contains short essays about famous/ infamous military leaders, summaries about particular battles throughout mankind's history (each complete with a map, approximate date of the battle, who participated in the battle, a short description of the whys of the incident, and in some cases an estimate of the number of casualties), and includes features that examine changes/ differences in military strategy and ...more
Walter Bonnet
Jan 13, 2016 Walter Bonnet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book “Battle” is a book about all the major battles in history, it goes all the way back to the Sumerian city states to the invasion of Iraq, it details the battles and how they were fought, from who commanded them to how many men were there.
A feature of the book I want to discuss is how it also tells you the exact area the battle was fought in, for instance, it will show you on a map where it took place, it also tells you the conditions of the battle, like if it was hot or cold or if ther
Bear Peterson
Mar 03, 2012 Bear Peterson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A missed opportunity. Beautifully illustrated, but far too many errors in the captions of those illustrations. Anyone who can't tell the difference between leather strap and an archer's bow (pg 19), a broad-head from a bodkin arrowhead (pg 115), an anti-aircraft artillery piece and a machine-gun (pg 280), a mountain howitzer from a mortar (pg326) or even the difference between 2 stripes indicating TNT and 3 stripes indicating Tritonal, when the object in question is clearly marked Tritonal (pg 3 ...more
Lady Knight
This massive tome is one cool coffee table book. Details many key battles throughout the centuries with asides about weapons/armour of the times and/or leader bios. Battles about which more info is known also have detailed battle diagrams.

I only have two complaints about this book. It is very Eurocentric. Despite knowledge of ancient South American and African battles, with the exception of ancient Eygpt, neither of these continents is covered until they interact with Europe. Too, probably due
Jan 01, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical-read
Mesmerising, Historical Battle Lovers Handbook

An exceptional collection detailing all of mans conflicts and all of the large scale battles as well as some of the small battles which have taken place throughout time, if you are a battle enthusiast and are looking for a guidebook to end all others then this is the one for you, this gives you details of the actual battles, troop numbers, the why and wherefores of the battles and campaigns and lots of details on how throughout time in different area
Apr 08, 2007 Tucker rated it it was amazing
not exactly a 'light read', this coffee table size book will settle most questions you have about any battle in history. A brief overview of every significant battle throughout time, the most fascinating sections were those on battles, mainly in Asia & Africa, that I had never heard of before...especially considering the hundreds of thousands of casualties and the far reaching implications for the winners & losers. An incredible amount on information jammed into a large book.
Oct 02, 2009 Dr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-history
An awesome coffee table book that has little blurbs about TONS of wars and battles from the begining of time to modern day. A great collection of art, pictures, and maps if nothing else. I haven't actually read it but I have spent hours and hours just flipping through from cover to cover and stopping to inspect thing here and there. Cool book. Usually found in the bargain bin at borders or B&N.
Nov 27, 2013 Jerome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding and comprehensive compendium of pretty much every recorded war in the history of man. The book provides great background on strategy and weaponry and how they developed over time. The maps were superb.

Due to the massive scope of the book, not every war is covered in detail, though all the important ones are. The book is well-organized and concise. In all, a great read.
John Gentry
Jan 10, 2012 John Gentry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
an awesome coffee table book, that holds within it entry and entry of detailed accounts of numerous battles throughout history. it can be glanced through time after time and you will always read something new and interesting. a must have for anyone who has an interest in the dastardly thing we call war.
Oct 23, 2014 Craig rated it liked it
This book covers armed conflict from pre-history to modern times. There are many good illustrations and some interesting bits of information. The text does not go in-depth so if you are looking for detailed accounts of particular wars or battles, this may not be the book you need.
History buffs look here! This amazing(ly large) book does a show-and-tell of 5,000 years worth of weaponry. Besides truly amazing photographs, it gives nitty-gritty details on stuff that I thought I knew and lots more that I'd never heard of.

A visual feast and mentally fascinating.
Dennis Sison
Mar 03, 2008 Dennis Sison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody with a passing interest in Military History
Concise information, beautifully presented which is par for the course in the Dorling Kindersley line. Two other books in the series are clamoring for my attention - Weapons, and Warrior.

Well worth the forty bones for this gorgeous hardcover book1
Jul 21, 2010 Mychael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is a great book to study warfare and tactics, I love this book because it was battles from the anchient mesopotamians to the Iraq war. Over all this book I would definately recomend to anyone who likes battles
Jul 24, 2011 Roxy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
This is a visual history so not the kind of book you read from cover to cover. But it is a fantastic visual guide with lots of information and glossy pictures. Beautifully put together
Sep 16, 2007 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, nonfiction
This is an amazing "coffee table" book that covers the history of combat over the span of human history and archaeology. There are great photographs and summaries of important battles.
Eugene booker
Oct 01, 2010 Eugene booker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovce this book to death gives a comprehensive history of battle to ancient time to the 21st century, I must have for a history buff, you will love it to beginning to end.
Crow Bar
Sep 16, 2010 Crow Bar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives very useful insight to the thousands of battles that have taken place over history, and for those of you who enjoy learning about warfare, this is a great book.
Jul 07, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great 101 of the histroy of warfare from the beginning of mankind to present day. The book has very nice maps, pictures of weapons and basttlefield drawings.
A very good general reference book, which provides enough detail to intrigue the reader into discovering new parts of human history.
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