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    Pessimist's Guide to History: An Irrestistible Guide to Compendium of Catastrophies, Babarities, Massacres and Mayhe
    by Stuart Flexner, Doris Flexner
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1992)
    list price: $14.00
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    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars DON'T LET THE RELIGIOUS FANATICS AT THE DOOR SEE THIS!
    REALLY, if they come knocking and telling you how the world is going to end this second (or maybe next week) and their proof is how bad times are and how many things are going wrong... well you can whip this little book out and show them just how horrible life has been all along! A little perspective! But wait... you started a dialogue with them .. and they'll be back.. again, and again, and again... oh no!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good read for those with short attention spans
    I enjoyed reading this book a lot, but when I finished it, I realizedthere were some things I would have liked it to discuss.This book focusesmostly on the disasters of the modern centuries.That's fine, for somepeople, I guess, but I tend to be more interested in stuff that took placebefore the middle ages.This book also made a good attempt to beeurocentric, and it did cover some interesting events from other parts ofthe world, but I got bored hearing about every time Mount Vesuvius erupted.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good bathroom book
    The book was well written and somewhat humorous. The short write-ups of each disaster makes it an easy book to pick-up and put-down on a frequent basis. The events are in chronological order which makes it easy to findyour favorite clamity. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0380762366
    Sales Rank: 104337
    Subjects:  1. Chronology, Historical    2. Disasters    3. History (General)    4. History - General History    5. History: World    6. Reference    7. World - General   


    The Timetables of History : A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events (The New Third Revised Edition)
    by Bernard Grun
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (15 December, 1991)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars can't see the forest for the trees
    An obsession with detail -breaking down history into thousands and thousands of year by year, mind-numbing columns is NOT the way to study history. It might be useful as a research tool, but then decade by decade columns would have done more good to give the gist of history instead of the minutia. But if minutia is what you're after, a soft-ware version of this book -with MORE minutia and more cross-referencing and MORE big picture essays- would make more sense.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable as a reference tool
    I have an older edition of this book that chronicles world history from -5000 to 1978.This book is fascinating and hard to put down as it cross-links History and Politics, Literature and Theater, Religion and Philosophy, Visual Arts, Music, Science, and Daily Life.This helps spread out information across the book's grid so if you're interested simply, say, in the historic flow of architecture the book parses this out for you.

    My only complaint, and thus the four stars instead of five, is that the book is inconsistent in how it uses dates.You also have to rein in your desire for more information. The book just gives you the bare minimum and serves more as a launch pad.If you want to dig deep you'll need to go elsewhere.It is also somewhat Euro-centric.

    Still, the book conveys the sweep of history and human achievement in a way that is remarkable.It's all there at your fingertips and is a reference must for any reader with an interest history and world affairs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Information not understanding
    This work provides a year by year record of significant events in seven different areas. )1) History and Politics, 2) Literature and Theatre, 3) Religion, Philosophy and Learning, 4) Visual Arts, 5) Music, 6) Science, Technology and Growth and 7) Daily Life. One can look across the page at a certain year and see the developments in each of these areas during these years. There are certain periods in which there are no entries. As we move toward modern times the information increases. I understand that this resource is valuable for many people, however the book gave me little pleasure and I have not though I have had it for some years made great use of it. I think that one reason is that there is no story, no narrative, no connection between the ' facts'. Information without any effort at real understanding seems to me of very limited value. To understand connections between different areas of human endeavor, to put it all together seems to me one of the most interesting of all intellectual activities. But I do not feel this book does this in any way. This does not mean however it cannot be useful.It means that the very nature of the thing done is not to my mind a specially valuable activity. ... Read more

    Isbn: 067174271X
    Sales Rank: 12124
    Subjects:  1. Chronology, Historical    2. History - General History    3. History: World    4. Reference    5. Tables    6. World - General    7. History / General   


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    World Historical Atlas
    by Hammond Inc
    Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 June, 1990)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars A European history atlas in disguise....
    This atlas represents editorial laziness at its best. Instead of actually giving us a world history atlas, the editors have resurrected an older, narrowly-focused work. It's decent, to be sure, and I used it when I wentto college, back in Stone Age (well, almost). It's still largely focused onthe history of Europe, and I would use it in European history courses, butit doesn't serve us well if we need to teach world history. Try again,folks; just a little bit of effort now.... ... Read more

    Isbn: 0843711434
    Sales Rank: 1598437
    Subjects:  1. Atlases    2. Atlases - Historical    3. Historical Atlases    4. History: American    5. Maps    6. Reference    7. World history   


    Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World
    by Chris Scarre
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 October, 1993)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World by Chris Scarre
    This is a beautiful BIG book - so much more than an illustrated history book. It is a Trip through Time.
    Before starting, you are instructed how to 'travel' through the many colorful pages, researching human origins or choosing to just wander back and forth enjoying human progress around the globe. You will be acquainted at a glance with how people lived, what they ate and their cultures. Their creative art and the advance of the technology of the time.
    The team of Smithsonians have put together a wonderful collection of interesting material on a number of major civilizations stimulating readers of all ages to want to searchfor more as our human history unfolds.

    5-0 out of 5 stars From Trilobites to Kremlin Cathedrals
    My father recently brought me back a trilobite from Russia, which is a trilobite dalmanite which crawled along the sea bed early in the history of the earth. I remember my father reading the story about the trilobites when I was very young and when he saw the fossil in Russia, he remembered the story and brought it home for me. There is a picture on page 21.

    While I don't believe in evolution (and this book begins with that theory), this book is still extremely valuable for all the information it contains and the pictures are amazing. The fact that someone had to organize all these details is mind boggling in itself.

    Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World offers a new perspective on the past and provides a unique view of our developing world. It spans from the origins of life to the emergence of civilizations up to AD 1500. This book is richly illustrated and shows artifacts of each time period and region. Many of the artifacts come from the collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The photos of many items have never been published before.

    This is a Millennium Classic Limited Edition Collectable. The silver cover makes this a perfect coffee table book. It is not a book you just put away and forget about, yet you will feel spoiled owning it. You can look up any region of the world at any period and discover what people ate or how they used local materials to construct shelters and temple-pyramids. The pivotal developments of technology from the fashioning of stone tools, to the introduction of navigational equipment is shown in detail.

    If you want to know about the art of classical Greece, or how the Incas lived in the Andes, you can find it all in one concise collection of knowledge. There are more than 50 large-scale visual time charts, 1600 photographs and 100 specially commissioned maps.

    I present to you a book produced under the expert guidance of eminent archaeologists, anthropologists, prehistorians and paleontologists from around the world. Chris Scarre, PhD, is a specialist in the prehistory of Europe and the Mediterranean. He was also the editor of Past Worlds: The Times Atlas of Archaeology (1988).

    An invaluable reference book that presents a spectacular tapestry of time and culture.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but incomplete
    This book has a large amount of very interesting information but, oddly, gives scant treatment to major Hebrew and Christian figures of ancient times and Jewish/Christian history while significant coverage is given tothe birth of Buddhism, Confucian morality, the rise of Islam, the Koran,Hinduism, ancient Egyptian religious practices and even the gods of theancient Mesopotamians.The establishment of the great Jewish and Christianreligions should have been included on par with these other religions,especially as the book is published by a major U.S. tax-supportedinstitution, the Smithsonian, and the vast majority of the Americans whosupport the Smithsonian are either Jewish or Christian. The Jewish andChristian religions have had a significant impact on world history and so abook of this type is incomplete if they are not covered. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1564583058
    Sales Rank: 426347
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - General    2. Ancient World History    3. Chronology    4. History    5. History - General History    6. History, Ancient    7. History: World    8. Middle Ages    9. Pictorial works    10. Unexplained phenomena   


    The First World War: A Complete History
    by Martin Gilbert
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 1996)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Required reading -- for WW 2 fans
    This is the only "page-turner" history of WWI I've ever read. Martin Gilbert is a superb WRITER (sorry about the caps but I want to make a point here) rather than just an excellent historian. The ability to actually WRITE (yes, I'm abusing the capslock button now) is woefully lacking in most historians, who either have no writing talent or feel that writing in an entertaining prose style a la Stephen Ambrose makes one a "pop" rather than a "serious" historian. Whatever. Gilbert's style is largely responsible for making four years of mud, lice, slaughter and stupidity a fast-paced, almost novelistic read.

    Gilbert uses a particular stylistic method that allows a static war to seem like a war of movement. Furthermore, he concentrates greatly on the perspective of certain lowly privates, NCO's and junior officers as they experience four years of war, quoting extensively from the letters and diaries of men who later achieved varying degrees of fame or infamy in the arts or politics -- Wilfred Owens, Siegfried Sassoon, Mustafa Kamal, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolin, Winston Churchill, to name just a few. By following the lives of certain recurring "characters" (while constantly introducing new ones to replace those killed) throughout the book, the reader feels like he is reading history and a novel at the same time -- except the "characters" are real.

    One unique facet of his book is the way he concentrates on the poetry of the trenches -- the vast number of works penned by men in the war. Britain seems to have produced a staggering number of poets during this conflict, many of whom -- like Owens -- were killed. Reading their works adds not only flavor but a real sense of human tragedy to the book. Like most Americans I'm ignorant about poets and I never knew who was going to live and who was going to die.

    My only problem with "WWI" is that like most authors, Gilbert focuses too heavily on his own "side" (England) -- the vast majority of "characters" are Brits. There is a certain unevenness to which sides get attention. He should have done a little extra work and gotten more correspondence from Frenchmen, Germans, Turks, and Austro-Hungarians. Other than that I think it is a superb work.

    If like me you read many books on the subject of World War II, please read Gilbert's book to get a better understanding of the relationship between the two. After all, "The Big One" did not occur in the vacuum. The "players" of the Second all paid their dues here.





    3-0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent narrative
    While Gilbert paints a vivid picture of the war and its effects on both individuals and the nations that participated in it, he constantly shifts his focus from myopic anecdotal accounts to high level overviews of the events that occurred.His account of the war would have been much more readable had he been more consistent in his historiographical methodology. As with so many other historical accounts that cover specific events, this book would have benefited from the input of a competent editor.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Book on the Tragedy of WWI
    This book is difficult to rate numerically. Many people will rate it on what it isn't, not on what it is.

    Unfortunately, it isn't what its title says; it isn't a complete book on WWI.The book is dominated by a British view.The Prime Minister of France at the beginning of the war is mentioned only once, while Churchill is discussed often.It avoids discussion of strategy or military issues.There is no critical discussions of generals, their abilities, systems, or anything approaching these tasks.

    Conversely, it is a BRILLIANT book for what it is.While there are no discussions of whether the German systems were better than British ones, Gilbert does describe the new army, recruits, and their lack of experience.Gilbert describes what happens without commentary.

    The brilliance comes through when you see the book as a description of the totality and horror of the war.This totality and horror is reported so objectively and repeatedly that it becomes overwhelming.The book sparkles as it discusses the massacre of the Armenians, the forced march of British prisoners taken at Kut, the Serbian and Montenegran retreats, the plight of Belgian civilians.It discusses the life of the soldiers in the trenches, the horrors of poison gas, trenchfoot, living in the hell there.People blown up left and right, shot by machine guns.Although 'only' 600 pages, its continual description of tragedy seems perpetual.

    And Gilbert reminds us how the later generations were affected by the war, again, merely by mentioning what they wrote about the war and what they did in it.For instance, DeGaulle meeting Tukhachevsky in a POW camp, Hitler's letters to his landlord, and Mussolini's experience, how Ben-Gurion was willing to help the Turks but got turned down.There are legions of such examples, and the death of poets and the loss of brillaint men is always at hand.

    A book really devoted to a total history of WWI would not emphasize the death of poets of the march of the captured soldiers at Kut relative to politics, strategy, and the like.

    So, numerical ratings fail.As a book on the complete history of WWI, I cannot recommend it.As a book to talk about what WWI was and what it meant, I strongly recommend it.

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    Isbn: 0805047344
    Sales Rank: 313184
    Subjects:  1. History - Military / War    2. History: World    3. Military - World War I    4. World War, 1914-1918   


    Concentration Camps North America: Japanese in the United States and Canada During World War II
    by Roger Daniels
    Hardcover (01 September, 1993)
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    Isbn: 0894648195
    Sales Rank: 1016287
    Subjects:  1. General    2. History - General History    3. History: American   


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    A History of Ancient Egypt
    by Nicolas Grimal, Ian Shaw
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 August, 1994)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book for the General reader
    I would recommend Nicolas Grimal's 1988 work on Ancient Egypt to both the professional Egyptologist and the average reader. I personally enjoyed his book because of his clear and concise prose. Grimal's book covers Egypt's Ancient History from the PreDynastic period until 333 BC when Alexander the Great conquered Egypt. Grimal never tries to mask gaps in Egyptologist's knowledge of certain periods of Egypt History--especially the serious problems in distinguishing the numerous Libyan era kings who reused the same prenomen such as Hedjkheperre Setepenre Sheshonq I & IV and Hedjkheperre Setepenre Takelot I & II--and smoothly recounts the political, cultural and economic history of Ancient Egypt within a coherent sequence and well supported Chronology. Grimal's book holds up very well for the Old, Middle, New Kingdom and post-664 BC Egypt. His careful treatment of the literature and culture of the First and Second Intermediate Periods is particularly commendable. However, his treatment of the late Third Intermediate Period does not contain an update of several of the more significant archaeological discoveries which have surfaced in late 1980's to mid-1990's.

    Since 1988, a new Dynasty 22 Tanite king--Sheshonq IV who intervened between Sheshonq III and Pami--has been discovered. Pami's Highest date is now his 7th and Final Year, rather than his 6th Year, as an Annal document from Heliopolis--which records his Yearly donations to the local Gods of this city--attests. (Source: 1998 BIFAO article)Most Egyptologists today also accept the evidence from David Aston's JEA 75(1989) pp.139-153 paper that Takelot II was a Theban, rather than a Tanite king who ruled Upper Egypt concurrently with Osorkon II and Sheshonq III. Takelot II did not succeed Osorkon II at Tanis(Sheshonq III did), and is now known to have died around the 22nd Year of Sheshonq III as the Chronicle of Prince Osorkon shows.This important breakthrough has been accepted by Egyptologists throughout such as Aidan Dodson, Leahy, Karl Jansen Winkeln and J. Von Beckerath--the latter in his seminal 1997 German language book, The Chronology of Egyptian Pharaohs. The tomb of a king Takelot in the Tanite Royal Necropolis and a Year 9 stela of a Takelot have now been both attributed to Takelot I, rather than Takelot II by all Egyptologists, including K.A. Kitchen himself in his 3rd edition 1996 book on the Third Intermediate Period. The confusion in establishing the identities of these 2 distinct kings was caused by the fact that both rulers shared the same prenomen--Hedjkheperre Setepenre.

    All in all, Grimal's book is a worthy successor to Alan Gardiner's invaluable 1961 'Egypt of the Pharaohs' work, and makes an important contribution to our understanding of the complexities of Ancient Egypt. There are few other Egyptological works that have the breath, depth and quality of Nicolas Grimal's study which takes up more than 400+ pages before you even reach the Bibliography section. Grimal is a master in his field--which is to be expected since he is a Professor at the elite University of Paris, Sorbonne. You definitely cannot go wrong with this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Its what I'll use unless I find something better
    This is one of the textbooks we used in a class at Columbia University.It is rather older than I'd ideally like an introductory textbook to be, but until I see a better and more accessible book this may have to do.I think Grimal (and Shaw) do a good job of interweaving economics, culture, and political history together; a rather difficult thing to do at times and there are moments of confusion in the text.However, many other books on Egyptian history focus on one particular issue or use one historical approach and those are just not appropriate for introductory texts in either the classroom or for the layperson.I think that if a teacher were to use other information in lecture or assignments this particular textbook is just fine for the college level.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Contradictory Information
    The author does have some good points, but not everything he says is entirely accurate.Some of the pharaohs names are not exactly accurate and some information such as that on Nefertiti is not up to date. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0631193960
    Sales Rank: 81203
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. History - General History    3. History: World   


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    Discoveries: Incas (Discoveries (Abrams))
    by Carmen Bernand
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very good!
    I found this book very helpful in explaining the conquest of Peru by theSpaniards and, most importantly, its historical context and consequences.Furthermore, it was great fun reading. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0810928949
    Sales Rank: 216483
    Subjects:  1. Anthropology - Cultural    2. History - General History    3. History: American    4. Incas    5. Latin America - South America    6. Multicultural Studies (Young Adult)   


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    Discoveries: Birth of Greece (Discoveries (Abrams))
    by Pierre Leveque
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 April, 1994)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent book, a little hard to follow
    This book was a nice history of ancient greece, but the book only had one single map and half of the areas they mentioned were not even on this map.It's a little hard to follow locations when you can't even visualize where they are on a map.This is a good book if you have patience and want a quick referece to overall greek history, but it's at times is fast and dry and can be hard to follow.I suggest checking this book out at your local library.It's not worth buying, but is worth a read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Useful From an Artistic Perspective
    This work has a great deal to offer the novice in terms of an outline of ancient Greek history, religion and thought. For the more advanced student, there are a number of illustrations that accurately portray ancient Greeklife (as well as some less accurate but nonetheless interestingillustrations). Best of all are the architectural drawings of ancient Greeksites.

    I highly recommend it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0810928434
    Sales Rank: 716558
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Greece    2. Civilization    3. Civilization, Greek    4. Greece    5. History    6. History (Young Adult)    7. History - General History    8. Literature: Folklore/Mythology    9. Pictorial works    10. To 146 B.C    11. To 146 B.C.   


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    Discoveries: Aztecs (Discoveries (Abrams))
    by Serge Gruzinski
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 October, 1992)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read
    For anyone interested in learning more or learning for the first time about the Aztecs, this book is highly recommended. As mentioned by the other reviewer, it is filled with so many high quality art pictures and is very effective in describing the history, beliefs and rituals of this great empire. Someone stole my book, but I'm going to buy it again. It's that good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great little book
    This a handy little book that can be taken with you anywhere, it is smaller than an average man's hand. It's an excellent source book for covering the the rise and fall of the Mexica(Aztec) civilization. The illustrations are wonderful reproductions of some of the most famous paintings of the conquest, including many from the murals of Diego Rivera. The paper is thick stock and fact filled with little commentary that is conjecture. The strength of this reference book is that it has many rarely seen pictures from an assortment of codexes and the reproductions are superb. Some are small but the quality remains so as to distinquish what you are looking at without any problem. The color in the illustrations is great and very much as the originals. Every page has at least one picture and most have numerous. It is visually stimulating to see as you read the history. Another strength of the book is that it has one third dedicated to documents. The conquest is retold, again, in a series of original documents, dating from the time period being discussed, most of which are primary documents. Anyone interested in Mexico and it's history will benefit from this book. Also anyone interested in art will enjoy the collection of illustrations throughout book. This is an excellent, little, wealth of information waiting for the student of Mexican history.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Introduction
    This was a very helpful book in understanding the Aztec civilization andculture, and the spanish conquest. The illustrations are very helpful andthe judgements are sparse and generally fair. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0810928213
    Sales Rank: 283970
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - General    2. Aztecs    3. Conquest, 1519-1540    4. First contact with Europeans    5. General    6. History    7. History (Young Adult)    8. History - General History    9. Indians of Mexico    10. Latin America - Mexico    11. Mexico    12. Reference   


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    Myths of the Cherokee
    by James Mooney
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Cultural History of North Carolina's Cherokees
    If you are interested in American Indian culture, you'll really enjoy this book.James Mooney researched andwrote this in the late 1800s just as the Cherokee culture was in danger of dying out.He recorded theirmyths,legends and language for posterity.A teenaged Cherokee in NorthCarolina told me they use this book today in their classes.He said it wasan inspiring reference, and I agree.Fascinating; the "realthing."And Mooney's life was also very interesting.There is aseparate biography of that "The Indian Man." ... Read more

    Isbn: 0486289079
    Sales Rank: 148873
    Subjects:  1. Cherokee Indians    2. Cherokee mythology    3. Folklore    4. Folklore & Mythology - Mythology    5. History - General History    6. History: American    7. Native American    8. Southern States    9. Tales    10. Social Science / General   


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    Chippewa Customs (Borealis Books)
    by Frances Densmore
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1979)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book full of tons of details!
    I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I picked up "Chippewa Customs" by Frances Densmore.Written in the early part of the 20th century, it's a book that has remained readable and certainly enjoyable throughout the years.

    Frances Densmore paints a very vivid picture of the Chippewa/Ojibwe people, from how they picked their names, to what they wore in winter, to the fact that they liked fish-heads as a delicacy, or the sleeping arrangements inside the family wigwam.It's absolutely screaming-full of all those little details that you're constantly trying to find but never can seem to put your finger on.

    They're right here, of course!My only complaint is that the ceremonies (Marriage, births, etc) are only touched upon barely.I would have liked to hear more about those particular aspects.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!Lots of great pictures!
    Chippewa Customs is a detailed and facinating book, containing extensive information that will assist in my research on the history of the Chippewa tribe. This is my first tool to begin my search for distant ancestors. Godbless the Author Frances Densmore.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best research help I've found!
    Frances Densmore lived with and studied the Chippewa people of Minnesota for several years. Her research has proved an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to know more about this fascinating cultural group. This book is chock full of information, from naming ceremonies to marriage customs to burial rites. If it were not for Mrs. Densmore, many valuable facts on an important people group would be lost ... Read more

    Isbn: 0873511425
    Sales Rank: 305288
    Subjects:  1. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes    2. Native American    3. Native American Anthropology    4. Ojibwa Indians    5. Social life and customs    6. Sociology   


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    The North American Indians in Early Photographs
    by Paula Richardson Fleming, Judith Luskey
    Hardcover (01 November, 1986)
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    Isbn: 0880292563
    Sales Rank: 1171707
    Subjects:  1. Bargain Books    2. Indians of North America    3. Pictorial works   


    Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos
    by Robert D. Kaplan
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (26 December, 2001)
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    Robert Kaplan's Warrior Politics is an extended, willfully provocative essay arguing that the bedrock of sound foreign policy should be "comprehensive pragmatism" rather than "utopian hopes." Kaplan calls for a reestablishment of American (primarily) realpolitik, one distanced from Judeo-Christian (or private) virtue and closer to a "pagan" (public) one. He aligns himself with America's Founding Fathers, who, he says, believed good government emerged only from a "sly understanding of men's passions." His book is a mix of aphoristic pronouncements, brief contemporary political analyses, rapid-fire parallels between conflicts ancient and current, and copious quotes from historians and thinkers through the ages (Livy, Thucydides, Sun-Tzu, Machiavelli, and Thomas Hobbes among them). Though its historical gleanings are often too summary and suspiciously convenient, Warrior Politics promises to generate controversy among students of global politics--just as it was designed to do. --H. O'Billovitch ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars a smart man writes a frightening book
    I dont know what to make of this book.Robert Kaplan is an intelligent man who has done good work in the past, but here he seems inexplicably to have gone off the deep end.

    What he reminds me of in the end is of works written during the industral revolution by reactionaries.Kaplan sees most of the people of the world the same way a british factory owner saw england in the 1870s.He walks among the people, but doesn't understand them.He is convinced that doing anything or trying to change the situation is wasted effort.And in the end, that brutality and an amoral application of power is the only thing that will save the world.

    He also sounds remarkably like many voices which came out of places like Spain and Italy during the 1920-1945 era.He worships classical civilization (Rome), rejects democracy and rejects a place for morality in the exercise of political power.

    Kaplan invokes the old argument of "reality" to justify his views.But what reality is he suggesting we face?If you strip it down, what he is saying is that most of the world is full of savages who want to tear down civilization and steal the wealth of a few countries....therefore the civilized countries must use amoral brute force to keep the savages in their place.But thats not reality.I've been to the same places that Kaplan has been and its not nearly that simple.Nor is domination any sort of long-term solution.

    Along with reality, he pushes the old "ends justify any means" school of foreign policy.And that somehow applying moral standards to how things are done is wrong.Kaplan's rule would be that the result justifies the action and that applying morality to the action is wrong.

    Kaplan considers moral judgements subjective.He clearly pushes situational ethics.That right and wrong are subjective.That allowing moral concerns to guide decision-making is on its face wrong.

    He reaches back to pre-Christian (Greek and Roman) times for a substitute.But he substitute owes far more to Edward Gibbon (Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) than it does to the Roman Empire itself.Gibbon saw Christian morality as the poison that destroyed the roman empire.

    In those ideas, is a false "unreal" view of the Roman Empire.Kaplan sees the Roman Empire as some sort of ideal civilization.It was anything but.It was at its basis a culture based on slavery, dictatorship and brutality.

    Thus, Kaplan reaches a point where he searches for "the leader".The great man on the horse come to save civilization from ruin.He then tells us that the great leader should be the opposite of an intelletual.Knowledge, to Kaplan is not necessary.The raw political Instinct of a Ceaser is far superior.People like Kaplan may talk much about Churchill, but only certain parts of Churchill's career.Only 1940 and 1941. Kaplan doesn't understand that while a certain type of leader may be needed in a true crisis, not every day or every year is a crisis.

    But thats the problem, invoking the views of both the old european aristocracy and industral plutocracy, Kapan sees the world in a consistant mortal crisis where freedom, morality and democracy are luxuries that no country can afford.

    Kaplan further has a poor understanding of leadership.The kind that comes out of a man who has never lead anything in his life.Leadership requires some of the things he suggests, but he doesn't understand that nobody can lead an organization through pessimism and brutality.Leadership is about growth and progress, not just about preserving the status quo.A pessimistic, authortarian amoral leader will produce that sort of government.Freedom and democracy wither such conditions.While that sort of leadership can be justified in the London of 1940 (a mortal crisis), its reaching to the say the least to present the whole of human history and a mortal crisis.

    At times, you can see the Ayn Rand creeping out from under Kaplan's arguments.He doesn't talk about her much at all, but the influence of objectivism is really obvious.He owes consideriably more to her than he does to Hobbes or many others that he quotes in the book.

    On pratical matters, Kaplan talks the language of John Foster Dulles and Eisenhower.American coups, dictators and death squads are necessary.I can't agree.His logic always leads to the same place:Vietnam.He offers nothing new on that score.And it would be difficult for him to say that vast parts of the world that have transitioned from dictatorships with american encouragement would be better off under the old system.For every pakistan, there is an indonesia, a thailand, a brazil, an argentina, a Spain, a greece..etc.Kaplan's reactionary ideas would have kept all those countries under dictators.

    In the case of Pakistan, Kaplan makes a rather selective argument.The same criminals that supported the Taliban, attacked India, exported nuclear materials (and on and on) have nearly all kept their jobs regardless of what government rules in Pakistan.Pakistan is no more stable or trustworthy now that it was as a democracy.What made the difference wasn't a general ruling the country, it was a massive set of bribes paid by the US in the form of aid and other concessions.Rather than realism, current US policy toward Pakistan is based on appeasment.Nobody ever seems to get the basic fact that the most dangerous and irresponsible country in the world not only gets to keep its WMDS, but gets a massive infusion of American weapons to moderize its military.

    Kaplan does more.He openly calls for the adoption of a propoganda view of history.That history should idealized to serve the purposes of the state.Again, you don't have to go very far to figure out where his historical inspirations are.

    Kaplan fails in the end to go all the way.Like most armchair authoritarians, he talks a big game but in the end he fears to play the big game given what it costs in money and lives.Like the current US government, he likes wars as long as nobody has to pay for them.Going back to his Roman fetish, part of the reason the Roman empire fell is because while there was no shortage of people who were willing to talk and write about its glory, few of those men were either willing to die for that empire personally or pay the costs of the army out of their pockets.

    True leadership walks the line between idealism and ruthless pragmatism.It has to be based on morality and every decision must have a moral component to it.That does not mean that the moral choice will win, but when as Kaplan does men turn their backs on morality.When they decide that they are beyond good and evil.When they decide that the ends are all that matter, democracy, civiilization and virtue itself cannot be sustained.

    The world is not as bad a place as Kaplan thinks it is.His ideas will however if applied make it an even worse place.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Kaplan elucidates the past, obfuscates on the present
    Anyone whose worldview is in need of a shake-up, or wants to challenge their comfortable and modern assumptions concerning foreign policy, there is no better writer than Robert Kaplan.In "Warrior Politics", Kaplan takes a break from exploring the world's most thorny and ignored corners, and sets out to articulate the pessimistic worldview he has acquired on his travels and that pervades his previous books.That Kaplan has never been an academic or a government official sheds light on his unorthodox, though deeply informed and historical worldview.His formative experiences are the shocking things he has personally witnessed as an overseas reporter.To better understand these experiences, Kaplan was drawn to the classic works of history and philosophy."Warrior Politics" is made up of a series of chapters, each reflecting on the insights of a particular thinker from the past (Sun-Tzu, Thucydides, Machiavelli, Hobbes, among others) and showing how they can help guide leaders, not through a non-existent "modern world", but through the nasty and complex one that has always existed.

    Central to Kaplan's understanding of foreign policy is that there is a "vast gulf that separates political-military virtue from individual moral perfection".And this "political-military virtue", which is the "Pagan Ethos" referred to in the title, is a Machiavellian pragmatism where policy is evaluated only in terms of its results.If it "isn't effective, it can't be virtuous", despite the best of intentions.Thus, a certain type of leader, exemplified by Churchill, emerges."Being that foreign policy is the opposite of comprehensive knowledge," Kaplan argues, often "necessitating split second decision making", leaders must have political instincts that are guided by an understanding of ancient history, a clear moral vision, and the courage to realize that vision on the ground. However, this leader must be without rigid ideological constraints or self-righteousness, and striking this balance is essentail.This leader then must operate in a Hobbseian world in which conflict is a natural condition between humans and, by extension, states. This pessimism is central for Kaplan.

    Kaplan is best when he knocks you upside the head with counter-intuitive truths, suh as, "romanticizing our past is something to be cultivated rather than be ashamed of" (take that Howard Zinn!); or when he confidently argues on behalf of policies that irritate our democractic instincts, such as US intervention in the internal affairs of Greece in the Cold War; or blessing coups in Jordan, and, more recently Pakistan, on behalf or less democratic, but more humane and stable governments.In all of these cases, Kaplan keeps front and center the understanding that war and disorder always result in enourmous human suffering and sometimes stable, but illiberal governments are perferrable to well-intentioned overtures for radical democratization.Kaplan is also exponentially more insightful in his critique of the media than all of the screeds written about the "liberal media".The media, due to structural rather than purly ideological reasons, will continue to second guess and criticize our foreign policy, while having no democratic accountability for the views or policies that they advocate.Such is the burden of a free country.

    Kaplan is most disappointing, however, when he punts on arguing for specific policies regarding conflicts that he is most familiar with and which have proven to be the most difficult for our foreign policy establishment to handle.Kaplan mentions the tragedy in Rwanda several times, but he never quite divulges what he believes about it.He states that the US must not ignore "gross human rights violations" but he also acknowledges that policy makers had legitimate concerns about getting "bogged down, Vietnam-style."What policy does Kaplan's leadership exemplar of "moral passion" advocate?Nor is a country like Saudi Arabia even mentioned.Here is a country that could have a population more radical than its leadership, but whose government is deeply supportive of radicalism in the Middle East and beyond.When does supporting order become supporting stagnation and thus, regression?The opposite could be said of Iran.The ayatollahs clearly support terrorism that destablizes the region and the world, and they are illegitimate in the eyes of most of Iran's more moderate population, but regime change would almost certainly spark a nasty conflict between jihadist and democratic factions.Kaplan writes, "It takes a shallow grasp of history to believe that solutions exist to most international problems.Often there are no solutions, only confusion and unsatisfactory choices." So are we to throw up or hands and settle with the status quo?If Kaplan is arguing that reading the ancients is invaluable to leadership, he fails to thoroughly connect the lessons of the ancients directly to some of our more wrenching and urgent dilemmas.

    I read this book with a pencil in hand and was constantly underlining interesting passages. "Warrior Politics", along with all of Kaplan's work, is highly stimulating, unorthodox, challenging, and readable.Kaplan gives plenty of fodder for moral outrage, but his worldview, while ugly, is sound. Comforting the sensabilties of the righteous is not his objective.Rather his objective is to show that, for many leaders in history, "In refusing to commit the smaller sin, they incurred a far greater wrong".I wish Kaplan would have done more to refect upon the sin our leaders might commit now to prevent that far greater wrong of the future.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Book's premise is nonsense.
    I'm pretty sure that Leadership DOES NOT "demand a pagan ethos".

    How do I know?

    The following is a quote from cnn.com following the funeralof Pope John Paul II on August 8th, 2005:

    "Up to 2 million people gathered in Rome to mourn the pope, who died Saturday at 84...Four kings, five queens, at least 70 presidents and prime ministers and more than 14 leaders of other religions were attending alongside the faithful. President Bush, the first sitting U.S. president to attend a papal funeral, headed the delegation from the United States. Britain's Prince Charles postponed his wedding for a day in order to attend."

    Millions of Catholics and non-Catholics alike would argue that, indeed, Pope John Paul II was the greatest leader of the past 25 years; 25 years that dropped a multitude of challenges on the doorstep of the Vatican, from the Cold-War to Priesthood Abuse Scandals to Right to Life issues. Yet, through it all the former Pope was guided by principles and beliefs that were the very antithesis of a "pagan ethos".

    Catholic or not, religious or not, I think I'd be more comfortable following the advice and examples set by Pope John Paul II over that of Mr. Kaplan. The former Pope has a more impressive track record, (what ivory tower was Mr. Kaplan sitting in while The Pope was helping broker a peaceful resolution to the Cold-War and the downfall of Communism?)

    I believe the former Pope is just one example that demonstrates that leadership demands "a moral and principled ethos".



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    Isbn: 0375505636
    Subjects:  1. Business & Economics    2. Business/Economics    3. Conservatism    4. History & Theory - General    5. International Relations Theory    6. International relations    7. Leadership    8. Political    9. Political Process - Leadership    10. Political aspects    11. Political ethics    12. Politics - Current Events    13. Psychological aspects    14. Business & Economics / Leadership   


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    A History of Warfare
    by JOHN KEEGAN
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 November, 1994)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars A Welcomed Perspective
    A refreshing insight! It is a frequent criticism of history books that they focus too much on the history of war; but like it or not, our world has largely been shaped by war. As an avid reader of global history, it was enlightening to find a book that does so much to explain the forces behind the conflicts we so often read about. For example, I have often read about the countless steppe peoples who time after time ravaged everyone from China to India to Europe; but normally it is simply recorded that such-and-such happened without there being any given reasons. The explanation that the Mongols became so powerful simply because their tribes were consolidated under one determined and ruthless leader ignores the fact that they were conquering similarly united and powerful peoples. What gave these steppe people the edge, therefore?

    In 'A History of Warfare' Keegan postulates less on what happened, and more on why and how it happened. To continue my example, I now have an appreciation of what it was that gave these steppe peoples an advantage over many millennia, from their skills as herders and hunters, to their hardened attitude and approach towards battle. Keegan's work is not meant to be a step-by-step account of any war in particular. (The two world wars of the 20th century receive only sporadic coverage, and never with the same attention to the chain of events as can be expected in other histories.) Rather, it offers an explanation as to how our attitudes and technology were shaped towards such a climax in the first place. Thus, Keegan's history focuses thoroughly on his chosen thesis with a refreshing perspective that must ultimately complement any arm-chair historian's book collection. Such details and explanations are outside the scope of most history books, and so I was thrilled when 'A History of Warfare' gave me the deeper considerations that I was looking for. The book was also clear and very well-written, and it made for a highly compulsive read that I would recommend to anyone.

    2-0 out of 5 stars NOT CONVINCING
    THE FIRST 60 OR SO PAGES ARE JUST AWFUL. JOHN KEEGAN ARGUES THAT WAR IS NOT THE CONTINUATION OF POLITICS RATHER THE RESULT OF CULTURAL DRIVES. THAT MAY WELL HAVE BEEN SO IN HISTORICAL TIMES, BUT IS HARDLY SO TODAY. HE UNFORTUNATELY TRIES TO EXPLAIN AGGRESSION AND VIOLENCE FROM A BIOCHEMICAL PERSPECTIVE AND IS NOT ONLY DATED, HE'S FLAT WRONG. THERE'S OTHER PROBLEMS WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE, I.E., CLAIMING THE U.S. ABANDONED THE DRAFT AFTER WW II AND DIDN'T USE IT AGAIN UNTIL THE 60'S. WRONG AGAIN! WHAT IS INTERESTING IS THAT KEEGAN'S VERY VIEWS ARE SO MUCH A CONTINUATION OF BRITISH POLITICAL THINKING. NOT A GREAT BOOK AT ALL.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Warfare History Muddle
    In his "History of Warfare," John Keegan does not match the mastery that Victor Hanson displays in "Carnage and Culture." Keegan does not convincingly demonstrate that military superiority mirrors larger social, economical, political and cultural practices, which have little relevance to the art and science of warfare.Keegan is not convincing when he attempts to prove Carl von Clausewitz wrong that war is not the continuation of politics by other means.Although Keegan's analysis is sometimes interesting, it is mainly anecdotic and bogged down in detail that fails to capture the target audience. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0679730826
    Sales Rank: 116033
    Subjects:  1. General    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. History: American    5. Military - General    6. Military art and science    7. History / Military / General   


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    The Generalship of Alexander the Great (Da Capo Paperback)
    by J.F.C. Fuller
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1989)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent View of Alexander
    There are many biographies of Alexander the Great out there.Most tend to look at his influence on the the times he lived in, as well as his legacy to the world.There are many ways to view the Macedonian juggernault.Here we have a unique perspective by a reknowned military historian.JFC Fuller takes Alexander's career and provides a first-rate look and analysis. The book is divided into two roughly equal parts.The first section provides a fast moving mini-bio of his life, emphisizing the major battles and campaigns of Alexander.The depth here is lacking, and purposely so, as this information is only provided in order to follow the discussion of his generalship.

    Alexander exercised a unique kind of leadership. In addition to leading from the front in battle, he also combined the abilities of general and statesmen all in one person. In battle Alexander's presence was a decisive influence.He had an innate ability to read a tactical situation, and adapt it to the abilities of his Macedonian army.Its important to understand how important this army was to Alexander's strategy.Without this carefully crafted force which his father, Philip II created, Alexander could not have accomplished what he did.Fuller helps us to understand this by showing how Alexander used this army as a tool for all his endeavors.Its important to remember how much the Macedoonian army out-classed its Persian and Indian opponets.It was also a very versatile army, able to operate in almost any circumstances.

    We see Alexander's brilliance both in major and minor battles and campaigns.This book is a must have for the Alexander specialist.It can serve as a useful guide for any of the numerous biographies out there which tend to gloss over many of the details of his generalship.Highly recommended for Alex buffs, and for the recent interest generated by the new movie on this subject.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good -
    This book was fascinating to read in High School. The ambition of Alexander the Great is a wonderful example for men to follow. This book is brilliant and flows very well.
    Each of his great battles are examined in depth.

    Wonderful.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fuller on Alexander
    An incredible study of Alexander's' life, political leadership and campaigns by a retired British General. Fuller was very conscious of the fact that modern men can learn from the experiences of Alexander. His awareness lead to not only an adept analysis of Alexander's leadership (military, political and diplomatic), but of commentary as applicable today as forty years ago. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0306803712
    Sales Rank: 234309
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Greece    2. History - General History    3. Military - General    4. Alexander,    5. the Great,    6. HISTORY-MILITARY/WAR   


    Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army
    by Donald Engels
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 February, 1981)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Unique study in the logistics of Alexander's campaigns
    This is an excellent, indeed unique, book on the logistical (and inter-related geographical and climatological issues) faced by Alexander in procuring and distributing the massive amounts of food, water and animal fodder needed to maintain the tens of thousands of combatants, support staff, camp followers and animals of the Macedonian army 'on any given day' --- armies (men and animals) quickly deteriorate and die without adequate food, water and fodder.

    There are countless details given in this book concerning weights, measures, capacities, flows, speed, bottlenecks, distances, that you'll never think of any military campaign the same way again. The author calculates food, water and fodder requirements, and provisioning problems under varying circumstances and locations; the numbers are sometimes mind-boggling and the implications always fascinating. Understanding logistical demands and how Alexander overcame them is important to understanding the various campaigns.

    This logistical study helps to clarify many important issues such as disputed routes (e.g. Turkey, Siwa and the Gedrosian) or why marches began when they did, went where they did, took the time they did, why forces were split and why the army lingered where it did and for how long. The author explains, for example, why Alexander delayed in Cilicia and his willingness to leave the passes behind him unblocked as he moved toward the Syrian gates --- the reason? Darius was simply unable to any longer maintain a huge stationary force in the plains above the coast since the area's carrying capacity for food, water and fodder would have been reduced to effectively zero and so Darius had no choice but to come down to engage Alexander in a setting much to Darius' disadvantage; and Alexander knew it. This episode is sometimes cited as a tactical mistake by Alexander but this book, by examining the issue from the point of view of logistics, shows why it wasn't.

    What this book makes clear is that Alexander's success was not due only to his tactical genius, personal fighting skill and audacious bravery, and the discipline and skill of his army, but also to his genius at logistical planning, organization and forward intelligence. The book also gives credit to his superb 'General Staff' of commanding officers who must surely have participated in the planning but who also organized the actual requisitioning and transport of supplies and managed areas under control.

    I just wish the author had written similar books on other campaigns.





    5-0 out of 5 stars Logistics, can'tlive or win without it.
    Logistics, probably one of least glorious part of military history get its just rewards in this short but superbly written book which in clear and determined way, showed why Alexander the Great earned that coin, "the Great". The book showed us nicely how well organized the logistic system of the Macedonian Army was and the hand of Alexander was everywhere.

    But the lesson the book shows also reflects the reality of today as well. Even this modern age, how well a military forces performed in combat reflects directly on how well that military forces is supported logistically.

    A mandatory reading material for any military historian and just about any professional soldiers out there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still relevant!
    In addition to the historical importance of this book, well noted by other reviewers, it is useful to military planners even today, and is already in the personal libraries of some; it should be more widely read. Logistics problems today, of course, are very different from those of Alexander's time, but some constant factors remain. Throughout the areas conquered by Alexander (and some from which he turned back), difficult terrain, predictable drought, severe winter weather, timing of annual floods, blocking of routes by ice and snow, fertile and infertile areas, and other such, have changed somewhat, but not all that much, since the time of Alexander. Alexander solved these problems quite differently from the way a modern army solves them, but solved they must be by any army campaigning anywhere in this whole vast area, and many of Alexander's solutions offer clues to what will be feasible or infeasible solutions today. So this book is as useful to a modern military planner as to a historian. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0520042727
    Sales Rank: 319520
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Greece    2. History - General History    3. Military - Strategy   


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    The Samurai Sourcebook
    by Stephen Turnbull
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (October, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best book available on the Samurai
    Dr. Stephen Turnbull has finally provided us with an as complete as can be book on the samurai.He tells us in minute detail everything we could possibly want to know about samurai warfare, tactics, strategies, weaponry, castles, ships, heraldry, battles, individuals, etc etc etc!It is a thick book at 320 pages, and large-sized.Dr. Turnbull states in the introduction that he wanted to be comprehensive and that he put a supreme effort into writing such a huge book, which is four times the length of any of his other books.This book is really something special and you have to buy it if you're seriously interested in the Samurai.In fact, it is the best book on the samurai available in any language.The title 'Sourcebook' is a very modest and self-depreciating title to give to it.It is really more of a 'Bible' or an 'Everything About' than a soucebook.It is jam-packed with essentially everything Dr. Turnbull knows about the samurai - and that is A LOT!It will be a guaranteed source of enjoyment for you to read, re-read and pore over as long as your interest in the samurai lasts!Get it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect book for the avid samurai fan
    "The Samurai Sourcebook" is an amazing piece of work by historian Stephen Turnbull, famous for his works on samurai and anything Japanese related. While it is admittingly limited (it seems to focus mainly on the Middle Ages of Japanese history from the Mongol Invasions to the Sengoku Jidai, ending at the Tokugawa's unification) it still provides an amazing amount of material for researchers.

    Whole chapters are spent on individual facts, from samuri armour and weaponry to the names of prominant samurai throughout Japanese history. One of the final chapters includes case studies on a handful of battles during the time period, including the two Mongol invasions and the Fourth Battle of Kawanajima. To add to all this detail are hundreds of detailed diagrams and maps, contemporary and modern. This includes not only how to put on samurai armor but also a detailed lay-out of battle formations.

    The only thing that may be lacking is much of the philosophy of the Samurai, including exact fighting techniques with specific weapons. This book is straightly facts and history and discusses only the very basics of martial arts. (and then mostly related to the battlefield) So if you wish to get into the mind of a samurai I might suggest the real deals: "The Code of the Samurai" or of course Miyamoto Musashi's "The Book of Five Rings." This does not affect my opinion of Turnbull's book, but it is a warning to those looking for this sort of thing.

    As I've already said, the time period is limited, and as other reviewers have pointed out the book may not be 100% totally, completely accurate, but just for the fact we have this amount of knowledge in a condensed, easy-to-read source is commendable. I would highly recommend this.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great reference book for Sen-joku Period
    I thought personally that the title was bit misleading. While the book do covered the entire samurai period, the heaviest coverage belonged the Sen-joku Period, warfare in the 16th century. Still, the book covers all aspects of samurai warfare althought I thought it would be nice if he gave us a more indepth looks at some of the great samurai leaders like Ashikaga Takauji, Mori Motonari or even Oda Nobunaga. The book does a very creditable job overall in providing basic historical material on the samurai warfare. On this fact alone, its well worth the money. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1854095234
    Sales Rank: 199211
    Subjects:  1. Asia - Japan    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. History: World    5. Military - Weapons   


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    Our American Brethren: A History of Letters in the British Press During the American Revolution, 1775-1781
    by Alfred Grant
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 July, 1995)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Were all the British happy with the war?
    Far from it.Many were not happy with how the government was handling the war OR the fact there was a war.The book starts with a timeline of the events before and during the American Revolution AND a chapter dealing with the relationship between the press and the government.Then, after the foundation is poured the book starts to build up the case by dealing with how the public, via the letters in British newspapers, show their support or lack of support.They react to the American's petitions to the Crown for peace, the question of Peace or War, worries about trade, the French and the aftermath. Slightly over 200 pages and worth it.MUST for History lover or anybody interested in American Revolutions. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. 18th century    2. Foreign public opinion, Britis    3. Foreign public opinion, British    4. Great Britain    5. History    6. History - General History    7. History Of Journalism    8. History: American    9. Press and politics    10. Public opinion    11. Revolution, 1775-1783    12. U.S. History - Revolution And Confederation (1775-1789)    13. United States    14. United States - Revolutionary War   


    Victorian and Edwardian Fashions for Women 1840 to 1919 (A Schiffer Book for Collectors With Value Guide)
    by Kristina Harris
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 August, 1995)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Pretty, but problematic
    This is not a good book for the beginning costumer (who is, unfortunately, the intended audience).There are some wonderful clothes pictured--the variety of styles and types of clothing is helpful, as are the close-ups ofembroidery and other trim.But, some items (both old photos and clothes)are misdated.While in most cases the error is only by a few years, twopieces are incorrectly dated by a decade or more.As a museumprofessional, I was also distressed by the wearing of antique clothingwhile also discussing methods of preservation.Museum associations, TheCostume Society of America, and most vintage clothing collectors do NOTendorse wearing original garments.Someone with a solid background incostume history will still find this book a useful addition, but I wouldnot recommend it as the first or only resource.

    5-0 out of 5 stars These ARE authentic looking
    Unlike fashion plates, these are authen6ic fashoins shown much as they would show in period photographs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars These ARE authentic looking
    Unlike fashion plates, these are authen6ic fashoins shown much as they would show in period photographs. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0887408427
    Sales Rank: 937565
    Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. 20th century    3. Antiques & Collectibles    4. Antiques/Collectibles    5. Art & Art Instruction    6. Beauty & Grooming - General    7. Collectors and collecting    8. Dress And Costume    9. General    10. History    11. Textiles & Costume    12. United States    13. Women's clothing   


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