An Instinct for War

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Harvard University Press, 2005 - History - 413 pages
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Spiller combines a mastery of the primary sources with a vibrant historical imagination to locate a dozen turning points in the world's history of warfare that altered our understanding of war and its pursuit. We are conducted through profound moments by the voices of those who witnessed them and are given a graphic understanding of war, the devastating choices, the means by which battles are won and lost, and the enormous price exacted. Spiller's attention to the sights and sounds of battle enables us to feel the sting and menace of past violent conflicts as if they were today's.

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An instinct for war: scenes from the battlefields of history

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In a graceful feat of imagination and trenchant analysis, Spiller (general editor of the Dictionary of American Military Biography) presents 13 mostly first-person parables, meditations on moments ... Read full review

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