Battles That Changed American History: 100 of the Greatest Victories and Defeats

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Battles That Changed American History: 100 of the Greatest Victories and Defeats


Hurley, Joseph A., Reference & User Services Quarterly


Battles That Changed American History: 100 of the Greatest Victories and Defeats. By Spencer C. Tucker. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 355 pages. acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-2861-4). Ebook available (978-1-44082862-1), call for pricing.

A single volume encyclopedia, Spencer C. Tucker's Battles that Changed American History: 100 of the Greatest Victories and Defeats contains 100 entries on military battles from the colonial period to the Iraq War. Each entry averages about three pages in length, contains an information box that lists the date of the battle, the location, opponents and winners, the commanders, approximate number of troops, and a brief sentence on the importance of the battle and all entries end with a brief suggested reading list. Many entries also contain a map of the battle and some also include illustrations or photographs of the battle.

With a strict military history framework, this volume excels in providing the reader with a timeline of troop movements interspersed with specifics such as the number of casualties and weaponry. Military history enthusiasts may appreciate Tucker's fact-based and concise recounting of specific battles that proved to have decisive outcomes in larger military campaigns. The lay reader may also welcome the information box at the beginning of each entry, which ascribes a winner and loser, listing the sides, etc.

From the time of Spanish exploration to the present day, military campaigns and war have affected the course of American history While Spencer C. Tucker's Battles that Changed American History: 100 of the Greatest Victories and Defeats, addresses 100 battles from the time of Spanish exploration to the present day, this volume takes a very narrow approach to the consequences of military campaigns and war on American history. …

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