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Theodore Ayrault Dodge

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The Czar
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Theodore Ayrault Dodge

Post by The Czar » Mon July 16th, 2012, 3:35 am

I just picked up Hannibal by the aforementioned author, and am blown away. What a great military history!

Dodge fought in the Union army after having studied at a Prussian military school. He wrote multivolume works on the "great generals" (Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus Adolphus, Napoleon).

For the Hannibal book, he actually traveled to Spain and traveled the route of Hannibal's army through the Alps, inspecting each pass personally.

I'm only a few chapters in, but the detail of information is staggering... I highly recommend his books for any author thinking of writing military HF in the applicable period... he goes into great detail concerning the makeup, leadership, armaments, tactics, etc. of each army. For example, I have gained a greater understanding of the difference between the Greek style Phalanx and the early Roman Legion from his book so far.

Anybody else read him? I just have a one volume "Barnes and Noble" edition of his hannibal, but I definitely want to read the others now!
Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.
Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli

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