A must have for your history library.
Overy is a historian of some reknown and certainly knows his stuff amply shown by his ability to explain succinctly the key aspects of battles from 331 BC to the 20th century.
I have treasured copy of Creasy’s 15 Decisive Battles written in
1851 and Overy has not tried to create an updated version. Instead he has intelligently segmented the battles into five decisive factors that delivered victory to one of the sides.
Overy distills the essence of those battles into a few pages and as
such to the military history purist this book may seem too lightweight, however I do consider myself a military history purist and this book fired interest for me in historical periods that I would never have touched previously.
For those who are less hardcore this book provides a great intro into the great battles of history and should fire their interest into the fascinating genre of military history.
A must have for your history library military or otherwise.