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Posted January 9, 2008
A Good Read
A good book for those interested in the not so apparent factors that have impacted historical events. I'm glad the author included events that are outside the normal realm of those covered in many history classes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2006
Entertaining until the hidden agenda arose
This self engrandizing book is not worth the time it takes to read. The author pumps himself up by writing the original text (read that foreign language) and then looks smarter than the reader by translating. This adds nothing the the point of the articles. Then toward the end (recent history) the author further displays his self love by telling a story about his own experience in Vietnam which was nearly unrelated to the article and had the author not told the story, it would never be known.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 17, 2001
Erik Durschmied has written an enjoyable book about small things that have greatly altered history by determining the outcome of battles. From the Trojan horse to the Gulf War, he writes about the weather, insects, stupidity, and luck that often determine events. While a few of the examples are probably familiar to amateur historians, some were totally new to me (the bees in WWI German East Africa, etc.). A very entertaining look at battles through the centuries and how they often turn on the smallest details.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.