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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (62 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Weir Narrator: Richard Perry Turner Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2001 ISBN: 9781593163815
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Rather than celebrating warfare, 50 Battles That Changed the World looks at the clashes the author believes have had the most profound impact on world history. Listed in order of their relevance to the modern world, they range from the ancient past to the present day and span the globe many times over. This book is not so much about military strategy as the implications of the battles that were vital in shaping civilization as we know it. Some of the battles in this book are familiar to us all—Bunker Hill, which prevented the American Revolution from being stillborn, and Marathon, which kept the world’s first democracy alive. Others may be less familiar—the naval battle at Diu (on the Indian Coast), which led to the ascendancy of Western Civilization and the discovery of America, and Yarmuk, which made possible the spread of Islam from Morocco to the Philippines. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 11/14/2013

    " Read some of the chapters; will read more at a later date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 9/29/2012

    " If you love to study battle this is a great book. It carefully details the political causes for each battle and gives a good overview of the campaign leading to it. The battles themselves are well described and accompanied by diagrams. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 7/3/2012

    " Quick snapshots of 50 great battles, who fought who, and why the battle was important. An easy read for those times when you can not get engrossed in a long story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nidhi | 2/17/2012

    " this is an awesome book. one couldn't ask for a more interesting book of World Battles History. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel Vincent | 6/30/2011

    " How the modern world was shaped because of these decisive battles. Makes you wonder that if these battles went the other way, the world would have been different today "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liatris | 12/28/2010

    " I enjoyed this for the first half, but then started getting confused because the battles were not reviewed in chronological order. If I had been taking notes, or had a better world history timeline in my head I would have enjoyed it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naves | 7/8/2010

    " Ótimo livro que explica o motivo de que algumas batalhas forjaram nossa cultura e civilização. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 3/15/2010

    " If you love to study battle this is a great book. It carefully details the political causes for each battle and gives a good overview of the campaign leading to it. The battles themselves are well described and accompanied by diagrams. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liatris | 7/25/2009

    " I enjoyed this for the first half, but then started getting confused because the battles were not reviewed in chronological order. If I had been taking notes, or had a better world history timeline in my head I would have enjoyed it more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 6/27/2009

    " How the modern world was shaped because of these decisive battles. Makes you wonder that if these battles went the other way, the world would have been different today "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsti | 12/7/2008

    " The entries are so brief that it's hard to understand the historical context. At least it's hard for me . . . and somebody with more knowledge of history than I have probably doesn't need a book this basic.

    Great idea for a book, though. "

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About the Narrator

Richard Perry Turner is an audiobook narrator. His readings include Jeffery Deaver’s The Empty Chair and William Weir’s 50 Battles That Changed the World, among others.