While not a review, I was wondering what anyone thought of this title. I recieved it yesterday from amazon and thumbed thru it and it looked pretty good. Many maps and a nice collection of material collected together...
Got mine yesterday from Amazon UK. It looks fantastic especially the first sections covering the 2 armies, orders of battle, command and control, Cavalry, Artillery etc etc.
The illustrations and paintings of the various uniforms are superb. This is a huge coffee table book that you wont read in one sitting, this is one you will dip into every now and then.
Modern photographs are used to explain positions on the battlefield and there are many new maps.
As to the accuracy of the text, well I leave that to someone more knowledgeable than I but Mark Adkin has an excellent reputation for this kind of book. His Waterloo Companion is regarded as one of the best books on that battle and his Trafalgar Companion was, in my opinion, one of the better books that came out during the 200 year celebration of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Nelson.
Really? that stinks. The only weird thing I noticed was that in the Bbliography - the Gettysburg Magazine is cited (with the issue numbers) as opposed to the specific articles therein. That said, after looking at it more in depth, it really looks pretty comprehensive with a wealth of material on all aspects of the battle...
I’m interested in your comment about plagiarism. Is this some thing that someone’s suggested or are there legal moves about it? I hope it proves to be a rumour as the Author is well respected in military history circles here in the UK.
If there is a problem I don’t think the pond will protect the guilty party!
What ever the outcome it’s still a very handsome book.
I do know there have been statements made in the Gettysburg discussion group (gdg.org - a great site ) that some author(s) have contacted the publisher regarding assertions of plagarism and the possibility of legal action (and I believe at least one author said he retained counsel)...stay tuned..
P.S. it is my understanding is the assertions of plagarism are in reference to some map or maps...
another recent Gettysburg coffee-table book ran into similar problems with Frassanito photo work.
The photos themselves are in the public domain, but Frass had enlarged some for more detail and the author scanned the enlargements thus stealing the intellectual property. You could even detect the text showing through the next page!