|"I found 50
Battles to be very informative. It is
evident that a lot of research went in to
this military history book. I enjoyed
reading it very much, and am happy to add
EOC U.S. Navy Seabee (retired)
"I am enjoying the
book. The early battles are most
interesting, and of those-the battle of
Agincourt [France, 1415] was the best.
You captured the salient features of
these battles, and made them come to life
without most of the verbiage you find
written by other authors. Most of the
books I've read on this subject read like
textbooks-very boring. I found your
accounts interesting and easy to
Lt. Col. USAF (Ret)
comprehensible and condensed look at a
broad array of world events that have
resulted in major, military conflicts
that altered the course of human history.
Each chapter can be read independently,
or in the time sequence that they
actually occurred. A well documented
former Captain USAF
[Instructor/Navigator], licensed pilot
"An excellent job
in recording the most important battles
of the last 5,000 years. A must read for
military historians and students of
military history. It leaves the reader
with wonderment on what the future holds.
Highly recommended reading."
MCPO, USN (Ret)
years of conflict is not an easy task.
Doing so without coming off as a textbook
is monumental. Jay Kimmel has met that
goal. 50 Battles is an
interesting guide through history,
beginning with The Scorpion King in 3050
B.C.E. and ending with the Iraq War in
2003. Throughout the pages readers will
experience what really went on during
those battles and not political
propaganda that can sometimes be found in
books about war.
Kimmel offers concise
details to historians, military
enthusiasts and general readers alike.
Each battle is described in a short
chapter, from three to six pages in
length and includes such information as
explanation of the conflict to begin
with, important moments of progression
and mistakes, details of battle style,
moments of historical significance and
the influence on the area after the war.
I was impressed by Kimmels ability
to write the text as fact, yet in a tone
that draws the reader in and captures
interest. I am no historian, nor military
fan and I found the collection most
interesting. I was especially drawn to
the battles that involved the ancient
Celts and those of the Native Americans.
50 Battles is ideal for
students to have an initial resource. The
amount of research that went into the
book is abundantly clear and I respect
Kimmel highly for the undertaking and
subsequent result. Let everyone who reads
the book learn from our mistakes, i.e.,
meaning that I hope we can learn to avoid
war when at all possible.
"A concise and
valuable quick overview of
mankind-altering military events."
"50 Battles is an
exceptional reader for the military
plateaus of world history. It inspired my
14th diorama, 'Battle of Falaise Gap.'
Thomas J. Ryan Jr.