History's Greatest Wars: The Epic Conflicts That Shaped the Modern World

History's Greatest Wars: The Epic Conflicts That Shaped the Modern World

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By (author) Joseph Cummins

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  • Publisher: FAIR WINDS PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 193mm x 239mm x 25mm | 907g
  • Publication date: 26 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Rockport
  • ISBN 10: 1592334717
  • ISBN 13: 9781592334711
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 300 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 548,034

Product description

Centuries of warfare that changed the world are captured in History's Greatest Wars. Each chapter includes a quick-reference summary, a timeline, an overview of the war, essays on its principal leaders, a series of short, often offbeat features on aspects of the conflict, and a detailed account of a pivotal battle. Author Joseph Cummins highlights victories that changed nations. Each chapter delineates defining moments in the development of political philosophies, and recounts the heroism of armies and individuals. It traces the transformation of battle tactics and explains the scientific innovations that yielded the machine gun, the tank, and the atom bomb. At the same time, it reiterates the constants of conflict: the personal sacrifices made by those battling tyranny; and the extraordinary influence of charismatic leaders. Sweeping in its scope, yet intimate in its insights, this is a collection that will enhance your understanding of the modern world and your place in it.

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Author information

Joseph Cummins is the author of The World's Bloodiest History, War Chronicles: From Chariots to Flintlocks, War Chronicles: From Flintlocks to Machine Guns, History's Great Untold Stories, and Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Review quote

"Cummins' main goal of illustrating the law of unintended consequences is nimbly achieved with gripping stories and lively writing." --Library Journal"