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Turn Around & Run Like Hell: Amazing Stories Of Unconventional Military Strategies That Worked

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Raging from the siege of ancient Babylon and Caesar's campaigns in Gaul to the American Civil War and World War II, Turn Around and Run Like Hell captures key moments in history when then ingenuity, vision and daring of brilliant leaders turned the ride of battle.

Read about Hannibal's spectacular envelopment of the Roman army at Cannae in 216BC; the Mongols' awe-inspiring
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Pier 9 (first published 2007)
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Mark
Feb 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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 alot
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David Sarkies
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nilendu Misra
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Timur the Lane was buried in Samarkand for 600 years. There was a curse to fall on the land of anyone who tampered with it. Russian archeologists decided to open the tomb and confirmed the skeleton had an injury to his right leg. Just above the knee. Hours after the tomb opened in 1941, Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa to invade Russia. The book is a work of a story telling genius. Every page is a gem.
James
Mar 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, military
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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Liz Cloos
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delightful and informative!
Ryan Patrick
Aug 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-2008
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Peter
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Good book, interesting stuff well told. The Maori could build a fortress like nobody's business, damn. ...more
Kayleen
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Never fails to put me to sleep. May have to keep this on on the night stand.
Tom
Dec 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loose with the detailed facts but an interesting perspective on some war stories
Lindsy
May 21, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is for the History Channel crowd. Its a fun read though. Particularly some of the events i wasn't so familiar with. ...more
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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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