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Hmm. Normally I'd do my own research but my desires are fairly specific, so if anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.

1) I know virtually nothing about ancient warfare outside of the Punic wars. I'd like a book that encompasses a broad sweep of military history & theory in the classical world at a very high level. I appreciate it's a lot to cram in to one book but someone must have tried, I'm sure.

2) Something about the history of tank design, ideally from inception up to the present day but with a focus on WW2. I know nothing about mechanics and engineering so nothing *that* detailed, but something that discusses matters at the level of individual models would be nice. I'd like to know why the T-34 was so great, for example and why the Sherman entered service with such drastically underpowered armament and what was done about it.

3) A good, readable history of the Seven Years War with a particular focus on Britain but without pro-British bias.

4) A good, readable history of the American War of Independence with a particular focus on Britain but without pro-British bias.

5) A good, readable history of the Anglo-Spanish War with a particular focus on Britain but without pro-British bias.
 
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My recommended book for warfare in Greece&Rome: Warfare in the Classical World, by John Warry (Salamander Books). One of the best reference books I have seen, ever.
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You're in southern England (by your profile), so I'd actually recommend a visit to the Imperial War Museum in London. It's mostly about more modern warfare, but they have lots of tanks and info about them, and it's an interesting place to see for the whole family. They have a good bookshop, too.
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MattDP wrote:
Hmm. Normally I'd do my own research but my desires are fairly specific, so if anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.

3) A good, readable history of the Seven Years War with a particular focus on Britain but without pro-British bias.

4) A good, readable history of the American War of Independence with a particular focus on Britain but without pro-British bias.



#3) It's not the most detailed book, but I really enjoyed "The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America" by Walter R. Borneman. If you want heavy detail, try "Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766" by Fred Anderson.

#4) Not sure how much focus you want on Britain, but these are excellent books that cover the details of both sides:

- "Washington's Crossing" by David Hackett Fischer - Covers in great detail June 1776-February 1777: the battle of New York, Trenton, and Princeton.

- "The Road to Valley Forge" by John Buchanan: This covers the battle of New York (June 1776) through Germantown (Fall, 1777). He focuses on the conflicts between Washington and Howe, only briefly touching on the Saratoga campaign. VERY detailed.

- "The Road to Guilford Courthouse" by John Buchanan: This covers the battles in the Carolinas better than any book I have seen, including the 2 battles of Charleston, Camden, King's Mountain, Cowpens, and Guilford Courthouse. VERY detailed and an excellent read, covering the frustrations, successes, and limitations of both sides in America's first civil war.

If you read these, you will have a strong following of much of the American Revolution, with the notable exceptions of the Northern Campaign of 1775-77 (Quebec/Ticonderoga/Saratoga) and the Virginia campaign of 1781 (Yorktown).
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Seconding "Crucible of War," which is good and quite engaging, albeit detailed to a fault.

Keegan wrote a decent book that covers the Seven Years' War, too, much shorter but not awful if you just want to know a little more about it. It's called "Fields of Battle."
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xavilongo wrote:
My recommended book for warfare in Greece&Rome: Warfare in the Classical World, by John Warry (Salamander Books). One of the best reference books I have seen, ever.


As for ancient warfare I'll heartily second Javier's recommendation of Warry's Warfare in the Classical World (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Warfare-Classical-World-Encyclopedia...). It's good general history of ancient warfare and evolving tactics, with nice illustrations and good maps depicting the key battles of each era...
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Thanks for the suggestions so far - much appreciated. Keep 'em coming if there's any more!
 
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