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  • By Lost Treasure Book Company
    Oct 15, 2009
    "From a Customer via Amazon" "Thank you for republishing this work! Du Picq's book is both exciting -- filled with the sounds and smells of battle -- and insightful. His portrayal of the role of human courage and fear in the result of war is very illuminating, given that we tend now to think of wars as being won by technology. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in either military history or current events. "I was particularly struck by his description of ancient battles, and how Caesar managed to despatch thousands of the enemy while losing only a few dozen of his own men. When an unswerving charge swept over opposing lines, the fear-stricken enemy no longer even paused to fight. This pattern repeats itself throughout history, and the advent of modern weapons has done little to change it. Courage is the opposite side of fear, and is a commodity that must be disposed of wisely by the skilled general lest he spend it frivolously early in the battle... More > and be left with an exhausted force, unable to fight at the critical moment. "The title is spot on: this is a book about why the individual soldier matters, and so it is a book that is very timely given the situation in Iraq. War may involve large armies and heavy equipment, but in the end it is a collection of individuals who must resolutely stand together as one. There is only so much stress that the individual can take, whether he be in Caesar's infantry, Napoleon's cavalry, or the USA's special forces. This book shows in an exciting way how all of the pieces fit together in the 'science' of battle."< Less
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Product Details

Lost Treasure Book Company
December 6, 2006
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.98 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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