History's Worst Battles takes a light-hearted but informative look at fifty of the world's bloodiest and most significant conflicts.
In the bad, old, politically incorrect days, history was about individuals- kings, queens, emperors, prime ministers, generals, and presidents-and the battles they fought, and lost or won. Today, history is much more likely to be about technological change, economics, and abstract socio-political forces. But that doesn't mean that battles aren't important. If Napoleon hadn't met his Waterloo, after all, the English might be speaking French. Therefore some battles do matter a great deal, even if the reasons why one side won and the other lost might go a lot deeper than the abilities of the generals and soldiers on the day.
Organised chronologically from the first battle for which we have sound tactical evidence, Kadesh in 1274 BCE, History's Worst Battles features some of the most disastrous military engagements ever fought, on five continents and in every major conflict from antiquity to modern times.
About the Author
Joel Levy is a writer and journalist specialising in history and science. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Newton's Notebook, Great Scientists, Mad Science and The Doomsday Book. He has also written features and articles for the national press, and has appeared on national television and numerous local and national radio shows. A long-term student of the history of science and medicine, Joel has a BSc in Biological Sciences and an MA in Psychology.
Format: Spiral Ringed Book
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st April 2014
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 17.0 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.68