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    Posted: 23-Oct-2006 at 23:12
What are some good books related to battles in history?  I have a interest in history but am a noob.  Saw some people say Gates of Fire was good and was thinking about getting that.  What are some others?
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"Gates of Fire" is good indeed. I don't read much historical fiction and I can't recommend anything there. I have built a small library around the Middle Ages and WW II. Is there a period or battle that you are particularly interested in? 
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Sven Hassel is a good WWII writer Wink He is actually Danish but he had fight for Germany. He wrote 12 or 13 novel about WWII memories.

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I have a interest in a lot of times in history.  Greek history, Middle Ages, Revolutionary War, WWI and WWII are the times I find most interest in.

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Creasy's Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World is a good place to start, since you can get it free off of Project Gutenberg. It's a bit dry, and Creasy is a snobbish, eurocentric Brit, but otherwise it has much to commend itself.
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"Carnage And Culture" by V. D. Hanson. Nine battles from Salamis to the Tet Offensive and a great analysis of "why the West has won." Great stuff.

"Warfare in England, 1066-1189", by J. Keegan. It covers the long series of wars of the Norman line of English kings ending with Henry II. Extensive references to Hastings and the civil wars of Stephen I's reign.


Also, if you're into shorter, more animated texts Osprey have a whole series of short volumes, usually with good photos and maps, on campaigns and battles ranging form the antiquity to today.  You can llok up "osprey " on amazon and you'll get literally dozens of entries.  I think it's titled "Campaign" series.


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