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100 Turning Points in Military History

Alan Axelrod



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The Lyons Press
15 November 2019
History; Military history
The typical military history presents a chronicle of battles and wars and the commanders and troops who fought them. This book takes a different approach. It presents battles and wars and people aplenty, but they are not its ultimate subjects. This book is about the turning points that not only make military history dynamic but crucial to the story of humanity and civilization. This book is about the decisions, acts, innovations, errors, ideas, successes, and failures that shaped the evolution of military art and science-strategy, tactics, and technology-and, in doing so, shaped the course of world history. Here are the 100 points-from the birth of warfare in the Battle of Megiddo, 1457 BC, to the ongoing evolution of military history on its newest battlefield, cyberspace-at which the path of the warrior decisively turned on its long journey to where we find ourselves today.
By:   Alan Axelrod
Imprint:   The Lyons Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   689g
ISBN:   9781493037452
ISBN 10:   1493037455
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   15 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Alan Axelrod is the author of many books on leadership, history, and military history, including 100 Turning Points in American History (Lyons Press, 2019), Miracle at Belleau Wood (Lyons Press, 2018), The Battle of the Somme (Lyons Press, 2016), The Battle of Verdun (Lyons Press, 2016), and Selling the Great War: The Making of American Propaganda (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He has taught at University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA), Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, IL), and Furman University (Greenville, SC) and was most recently a creative consultant and on-screen commentator for The Great War, on the PBS American Experience television series. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Reviews for 100 Turning Points in Military History

About Miracle at Belleau Wood (Lyons Press, 2007): Axelrod is one of America's great military historians. He's done it this time with riveting non-stop action that reads like the best of Hemingway's frontline reports plus the Marine Corps novels of W. E. B. Griffin. Axelrod pushes you right into the action, onto the battlefield, and never lets up. You become a firsthand witness to one of the world's great battles, proud and heart-pounding as the elite force, the Devil Dogs, are born in a small forest outside Paris. This is one book I wish I'd written! --Paul B. Farrell, JD. PhD, syndicated columnist for DowJones's MarketWatch and former staff sergeant, USMC Alan Axelrod has perfectly captured the embodiment of U.S. Marines and their unparalleled esprit de corps ... As a former Marine, I find Axelrod's descriptions of the combat in that bloody battle for which the Corps became legendary--and which is the foundation of its mythic lore--compelling and gut-wrenching. Miracle at Belleau Wood puts the reader in the front row, witness to the heroism and ups and downs endured by the Marines as they defeated the Germans at overwhelming odds. A must read! --Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman, USMCR (Ret.), best-selling author of From Baghdad with Love Axelrod brings us back vividly to the shocking casualties of 'the war to end all wars, ' opening up fresh insights into the nature of the fighting and the decisions that shaped a generation. --Bing West, correspondent for The Atlantic, award-winning author of ten bestselling books on the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, former Marine, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense In ''Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern U.S. Marine Corps, Alan Axelrod has demonstrated his mastery at portraying battle at its most brutal and bloodiest. The fight for Belleau Wood is like a bayonet in the belly every step of the way. The distant mirror that Alan Axelrod shows us reflects the fearful face of life and death in World War I. --Paul Weishaupt, Marines: The Corps' Official Magazine, October-December 2007 About Patton's Drive: The Making of America's Greatest General (Lyons Press, 2009): Like Patton at his best: [Alan Axelrod's writing is] polished, precise, and persuasive. --Kirkus Reviews

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