The Battles that Changed History #2020

The Battles that Changed History By Fletcher Pratt The Battles that Changed History Time and again the course of Western civilization has been forever changed by the outcome of a clash of arms In this thought provoking volume the eminent author and historian Fletcher Pratt profiles
  • Title: The Battles that Changed History
  • Author: Fletcher Pratt
  • ISBN: 9780486411293
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Battles that Changed History By Fletcher Pratt
    The Battles that Changed History By Fletcher Pratt Time and again, the course of Western civilization has been forever changed by the outcome of a clash of arms In this thought provoking volume, the eminent author and historian Fletcher Pratt profiles 16 decisive struggles from ancient and modern times, ranging from Alexander the Great s defeat of the Persians at the Battle of Arbela to World War II s Battle of Midway, inTime and again, the course of Western civilization has been forever changed by the outcome of a clash of arms In this thought provoking volume, the eminent author and historian Fletcher Pratt profiles 16 decisive struggles from ancient and modern times, ranging from Alexander the Great s defeat of the Persians at the Battle of Arbela to World War II s Battle of Midway, in which U.S forces halted the Japanese advance Each of these conflicts, despite considerable variations in locale and warfare techniques, represents a pivotal situation a scenario in which a different outcome would have resulted in a radically changed world On history s broad canvas, Pratt paints dramatic portraits of battles fought by Roman legions, French archers, American rebels, and myriad other soldiers and sailors In addition to gripping accounts of the actual battles, the author describes the full panorama of events leading up to the decisive clashes, as well as their historically important aftermath Readers will also find fascinating facts and anecdotes about a dazzling cast of personalities associated with these epochal struggles, including Joan of Arc, Frederick the Great, Lord Nelson, Ulysses S Grant, and many .Enhanced with 27 maps by Edward Gorey, and recounted with dramatic flair by a born storyteller, these authoritative narratives will appeal to students, historians, military buffs, and all readers interested in the forces that influence the tides of human history.
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    • Fletcher Pratt

      Murray Fletcher Pratt 1897 1956 was a science fiction and fantasy writer he was also well known as a writer on naval history and on the American Civil War.Pratt attended Hobart College for one year During the 1920s he worked for the Buffalo Courier Express and on a Staten Island newspaper In the late 1920s he began selling stories to pulp magazines When a fire gutted his apartment in the 1930s he used the insurance money to study at the Sorbonne for a year After that he began writing histories.Wargamers know Pratt as the inventor of a set of rules for civilian naval wargaming before the Second World War This was known as the Naval War Game and was based on a wargame developed by Fred T Jane involving dozens of tiny wooden ships, built on a scale of one inch to 50 feet These were spread over the floor of Pratt s apartment and their maneuvers were calculated via a complex mathematical formula Noted author and artist Jack Coggins was a frequent participant in Pratt s Navy Game, and L Sprague de Camp met him through his wargaming group.Pratt established the literary dining club known as the Trap Door Spiders in 1944 The name is a reference to the exclusive habits of the trapdoor spider, which when it enters its burrow pulls the hatch shut behind it The club was later fictionalized as the Black Widowers in a series of mystery stories by Isaac Asimov Pratt himself was fictionalized in one story, To the Barest , as the Widowers founder, Ralph Ottur.Pratt is best known for his fantasy collaborations with de Camp, the most famous of which is the humorous Harold Shea series, was eventually published in full as The Complete Compleat Enchanter His solo fantasy novels Well of the Unicorn and The Blue Star are also highly regarded.Pratt wrote in a markedly identifiable prose style, reminiscent of the style of Bernard DeVoto One of his books is dedicated To Benny DeVoto, who taught me to write.

    213 thoughts on “The Battles that Changed History

    • This book covered the history of Western Civilization through focusing on the pivotal wars and battles I don t know when it began happening to me, but as I grow older, I appreciate history and Events and people from the past mean to me every year as I see their echoes in the modern world I don t think I could have fully appreciated this book until this decade of my life, but now it left me wanting to study many of these time periods in detail.The strength of this book is that it provides a h [...]


    • A vast range of warfare was well covered by this author from war elephants to aircraft carriers Each battle was well introduced with lots of context and then a detailed account given of the movement of units, followed by why it was decisive in history This author seems to be a 1956 scholar and writes as such, not easy flowing like a David McCullough I wonder if any post WWII battles would have made his list.


    • A formative book from my youth Pratt s accounts of battles are never simply military narratives he has a way of explaining the political and social context of a battle or campaign to make a Gustavus Adolphus or Pyrrhus or Frederick the Great a relevant, living figure But the best part of Pratt s books are the battle narratives themselves Pratt s language is fresh and lively and enables the reader to understand the immediate military situation Although not written specifically for young readers, [...]


    • This is really filling in the blanks for me in terms of political and military history in the period between the Middle Ages and the Enlightenment It s also reviving my interest in strategy and tactics.


    • This book is a good introduction to military history My main complaint is that the book needed maps to help the reader visualize the battles If you read this book, have the internet handy to pull up additional maps as needed.




    • I usually don t like war centric histories, but this book makes a really good argument about how the battles highlighted in this book really did change the course of history.


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