bat­tles that Changed his­tory

A richly-il­lus­trated over­view of mil­i­tary his­tory

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Au­thor DK, fore­word by Sir Tony Robin­son Pub­lisher DK Price £20 Re­leased Out now

Over the years, DK has al­most been the gold stan­dard for il­lus­trated his­tory and sci­ence books. Whether it’s bi­ol­ogy, as­tron­omy, tech­nol­ogy or his­tory, few pub­lish­ers have man­aged to ri­val DK’S rich­ness of im­agery or its abil­ity to make even the most chal­leng­ing con­cepts eas­ily di­gestible for ev­ery­day peo­ple.

From the gor­geous cover of Bat­tles That Changed His­tory and through­out, DK’S ed­i­tors deftly guide us through most of the recorded his­tory of mil­i­tary con­fronta­tions, from the war be­tween An­cient Greeks and Per­sians, and the Pu­nic Wars of the Ro­man Em­pire, to the mod­ern wars of Iraq and Afghanistan.

If this feels like well-trod­den ter­ri­tory, the re­splen­dent bat­tle maps, lush il­lus­tra­tions and evoca­tive pho­tog­ra­phy lends each bat­tle and con­flict a rel­e­vance and deep level of in­ter­est to the reader. While many of the ex­cel­lent il­lus­tra­tions or pho­to­graphs, es­pe­cially from the Amer­i­can Civil War, the me­dieval wars of Europe or the two World Wars, may feel fa­mil­iar to his­tory en­thu­si­asts, the book truly stands out when it comes to the maps. Any map fan will have an ab­so­lute field day with Bat­tles That Changed His­tory, as its many sump­tu­ously crafted maps in­tri­cately de­tail the bat­tles in ques­tion with beau­ti­ful clar­ity. This is with­out a doubt one of DK’S finest his­tory of­fer­ings in sev­eral years.

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