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David Gates is Deputy Director of the Centre for Defence and International Security Studies at Lancaster University.

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Gates, David Edmund
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1955-01-15
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university lecturer

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This is the best one volume treatment of the Peninsular War I've read. The sketches, (I can't call them maps), are numerous and useful. The text is clearly written. The reader gets a relatively open-minded view of Wellington the general, and some of his flaws and indecisions are clearly shown. One thing that Gates attempted is to place in perspective the amount that the Spanish forces contributed to the Allied victory. It was a good deal more than the English speaking world credits them with. There's a chronology that is a good mechanism for further research and cross-referencing . If you only get one book this is it.
But do not get this edition, if you plan to use the book as a reference. The binding was incredibly poor, with the signatures easily torn open along the spine, and the paper is very stiff, battling the book frame you have to use to keep the thing open. I hope the following editions, and there are a number of those are physically easier to handle.
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DinadansFriend | 2 andra recensioner | Jul 10, 2015 |
Meticulously detailed and documented, this book is the definitive resource for anyone examining this aspect of military history.
 
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jamespurcell | 2 andra recensioner | Dec 13, 2012 |
The Peninsular War is a unique part of the broader Napoleonic Wars. The author, David Gates, research of this theater is impressive and meticulous. He writes in great detail, about every battle and skirmish of this war even going so far as inserting maps for the larger battles fought. I love the beginning chapters explaining briefly the background events leading to this outbreak of battle; the general makeup of the armies involved; as well as the primary reasons why Napoleon lost and Lord Wellington won. The writing style is aimed at an audience that is very familiar with war terminology. Many of the maps do not have legends and the vocabulary used, such as forced march, could be unfamiliar to casual readers. Gates also assumes that the reader is familiar with the names of the primary players. This book contains wonderful information, but is a bit dry for a general audience.… (mer)
 
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corcra | 2 andra recensioner | Mar 7, 2012 |

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Verk
8
Medlemmar
246
Popularitet
#92,613
Betyg
½ 3.7
Recensioner
3
ISBN
74
Språk
5

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