The Book of Warby Dwight Jon Zimmerman
Throughout human history, violent conflict has been a fact of life. To know the history of war is to know human history. The Book of War recounts landmark battles that shaped civilizations from 1274 B.C. up to the present day. Organized chronologically, this fascinating survey details pivotal military events from early empires through to modern warfare. It also reveals their immediate impact and importance to history. Each entry spans two pages, with concise text and stunning images for each battle. Interspersed throughout the book are essays on innovations, strategies, or leaders that have changed the way war has been waged.
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Clever in concept, THE BOOK OF WAR is part coffee-table chic/part academic history. It's the kind of work that informs while entertaining. It can be devoured like lunch or nibbled like a late night snack. Because the language is simple and the content broad, there's literally something for everyone. Students might mark the slick pages with paperclips and sticky notes in preparation for exams and term papers. Researchers might peruse the Table of Contents for tidbits on the history of weapons or for that little-known detail about the Suez Crisis. Novelists might pick it up to search for small anecdotes about Hannibal and his elephants or Patton and his tanks. And then there are those of us who sit cross-legged on our sofas with specs on our noses licking our thumbs and turning pages with the fascination of true bibliophiles reading for joy of it. THE BOOK OF WAR is a gorgeous example of how design and color can enhance good solid writing. Although chunky, the book fits the hand easily and the print, while small, is easy on the eye. The handsome red and gold cover implies quality and the three small images of Napoleon, Robert E. Lee, and Dwight D. Eisenhower imply range. You always know where you are in the long continuum of time by the watermarked year in the left margin as each new chapter begins. The illustrations include photos of ancient statuary, battlefield paintings, and photography. It must have been an expensive book to produce and even though it is a perfect bound trade publication, it is sturdy enough to grace the shelves of personal, public and university libraries. The research represented by this book is stunning. Author Zimmerman does not limit himself to one country, one era, or one culture. His topics include battles like Kadesh, Nagashino, Yorktown, Gettysburg, Gallipoli, Inchon, and 73 Easting. He covers sieges like Carthage, Masada, Fort Sumter, and Khartoom. He describes warriors like Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, Horatio Nelson, Hap Arnold, and Moshe Dayan. He discusses tools like chariots, swords, bows, and torpedoes. He comments on the roles of maps, radios, and global positioning systems. The sheer volume of information is overwhelming. THE BOOK OF WAR is a great tool for authors, journalists, teachers, and armchair military historians. It's well-indexed and foot-noted making it easy to use. As the author states in his introduction, ".each stage in a civilization's cycle - birth, growth, decline, and replacement by another society - includes war," and as such, this book is also useful for philosophers, politicians, and generals. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Review by Joyce Faulkner, MWSA President & Reviewer (August 2009)
That THE BOOK OF WAR is a monumental work there can be no doubt. The book contains one page summaries accompanied by a photo or graphic of famous historical battles beginning with the Battle of Kadesh fought in 1274 B.C., and ending with the 2003 A.D. Battle of Debecka Pass fought in Iraq. Each battle is summarized, so all the facts and nuances are not presented. Thumbing through the pages of THE BOOK OF WAR provides a kaleidoscope of man's history. A history shaped by war. THE BOOK OF WAR will remain on my bookshelf or sometimes on my coffee table. Great job, Dwight. Lee Boyland Author of the award winning novels THE RINGS OF ALLAH and BEHOLD, AN ASHEN HORSE.