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Posted April 2, 2005
Excellent historical review
This was the best read I have had in awhile. Probably the best book on the time period since Robert K. Massie's Peter the Great. The reader could tell the book was written for a Swedish audience as it pondered the decisions of the King's high command. The author seems to second guess the idea that Sweden could have ever been a European miltary power and yet it is very well written. I truly understood the placement and movement of troops and I was swept up in fear and disbelief as the battle turned against the Swedes. The only critism I would have is that the sub-title is a bit misleading. It should have read: Poltava and the Death of the Swedish Empire. The book addressed the development of the Kingdom, its initial conquests, and, of course the devestating defeat in Russia. I would highly recommend the book for persons interested in the the early 18th century or the Northern War.
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Posted December 1, 2011
Military history at its very best! Amazingly detailed and well-written account of an obscure yet decisive battle that helped to shape the history of Europe. The authors' finely crafted fast-moving narrative offers a soldiers' view of the experience of war. Hundreds of unpublished documents and letters provide the reader with an up close, eye-witness account of the battle. This book is hard to put down once you get into the first few chapters!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2011
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