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Posted April 17, 2010
Dodge presented detailed accounts regarding the campaigns and battles of some of the "great captains". This is not his best (I'd give that to his books on Hannibal or Alexander), but it's very useful if you're interested in the art of war in the Seventeenth Century. He is an unabashed Protestant admirer of Gustav Adolph, so it's not meant to be a critical biography, and deals almost exclusively with his military career, which one must was admit was spectacular.
BTW, this is not the complete book, it is only the second volume of two. The first is also available from the same imprint, but appears exactly the same right down to the title. They are distinguished only by ISBN number and number of pages. Both are reprints of older editions, so the text and illustrations are not crisp, but the excellent maps are retained.