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The Thirty Years War by Peter H. Wilson
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Nov 25, 2009

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This is a comprehensive and authoritative history of the 30 Years War. No stone goes unturned, but few are picked up and examined with a storyteller's eye. Rather, it is dense and difficult to read because the stories require the author to compress weeks into a sentence. I know more about this seminal event in European history after reading Wilson's 1,000-page book, however I still couldn't tell you the story of the war. This feels like a book that can benefit from the author's excerpting and elaborating on key themes, as Norman Cantor's medieval and Crusades history did when he revisited and popularized his work.
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N.W. Martin Totally agree. He could have expanded the book into 3 volumes to better tell the story. Many a time, I catch his writing napping just as the plot thickens (forgive the cliche lol). Instead of getting to know the characters, we are left with a dense, yet unsatisfying text that skips minute details in favor of a broad description of events that often times fails to "REALLY" inform me.

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