Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In 1853, the Crimean War began as an intensely romantic affair. Acts of astonishing bravery, many of them by doctors, women, and children, were commonplace. But so was callousness and brutality. The war soon became an impersonal, long-range killing match that resembled, far in advance, the trench warfare of World War I. It became a showcase for bad generalship and bureaucratic bungling. In Death or Glory, Robert Edgerton paints a vivid picture of the war from its triumphs to its tragedies. But the book is not a mere battle chronology; rather, it is a narrative immersion into conditions during what became arguably the most tragically botched military campaign, from all sides, in modern European history. By comparing these experiences with those of Northern and Southern soldiers during the more well-documented American Civil War, Edgerton contributes a new perspective on how soldiers in the mid-nineteenth century experienced war, death, and glory. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: In 1853, the Crimean War began as an intensely romantic affair, with officers and soldiers alike taking to the fray with phrases like “death or glory? on their tongues and in their hearts. Nothing stands out more starkly than the toughness of the soldiers who fought so savagely, seldom complained, and only rarely collapsed under war?s terrible and relentless stresses. Acts of astonishing bravery, many of them by doctors, women, and children, were commonplace. But so was callousness and brutality. The war soon became an impersonal, long-range killing match that resembled, far in advance, the trench warfare of World War I. It became a showcase for bad generalship and bureaucratic bungling. Men, women, and children died of hunger, cold, and disease many times more often than they were killed by rifles or the most massive artillery barrages the world have ever seen. Death or Glory is not a mere battle chronology; rather, it is a narrative immersion into conditions during what became arguably the most tragically botched military campaign, from all sides, in modern European history—and the most immediate precedent to the American Civil War. Edgerton paints a vivid picture of the war, from the Charge of the Light Brigade and the heroics of Florence Nightingale to the British soldiers who, simply unable to take the misery, starvation, and cholera any longer, took their own lives. He describes how leaders failed their men again and again; how women and children became unseen heroes; how the universally despised Turks fought their own war; and, finally and perhaps most importantly, why so many fought so bravely in what seemed a futile cause. By comparing these experiences with those of Northern and Southern soldiers during the more well-documented American Civil War, Edgerton contributes a new perspective on how soldiers in the mid-19th century experienced war, death, and glory.
Rezension: "The Crimean War," writes Robert Edgerton, "was a showcase for bad generalship, bureaucratic bungling, and inept medical care." Officers knowingly sent columns of soldiers to certain death, while diplomats ignored opportunities to make an honorable peace. The war cost more lives than any war in pre-20th-century history, with many times more men (and women) dead from illness, hunger, and cold than were killed in actual fighting. Yet for all its blood-soaked significance, the war remains little studied. Most of us can recall a catch phrase or two from Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade," but far fewer know the causes of the conflict, rooted in the great rivalry between England and Russia to control both the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean.
Edgerton, an anthropologist, is interested in exploring cultural differences among the combatants--how a Sardinian soldier might have responded, for instance, to the smell of gunpowder differently from a Turkish or Russian or French trooper, or what soldiers on all sides thought as they prayed to their gods for safekeeping and deliverance. Those anthropological explorations, along with other intriguing asides (for instance, on the customary drunkenness of Florence Nightingale's nurses), add to the best part of Edgerton's narrative, which is a straightforward history of the Crimean War itself. He turns in a lively, well-researched account of a conflict that merits better understanding. --Gregory McNamee
Buchbeschreibung Basic Books. Hardcover. Buchzustand: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2690479987
Buchbeschreibung Basic Books, 1999. Buchzustand: Fair. illustrated edition. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP90364725
Buchbeschreibung Basic Books, 1999. Buchzustand: Very Good. illustrated edition. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP93435826
Buchbeschreibung Basic Books. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. 0813335701. Buchnummer des Verkäufers AUD5408COVW051316H0145A
Buchbeschreibung Westview Press Inc, 1999. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Hardback in dust jacket. Book and jacket in very good condition. B/w illustrated narrative which looks at the conditions during what became " the most botched military campaign from all sides". Buchnummer des Verkäufers mon0000027527
Buchbeschreibung Basic Books, 1999. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Brand New, Gift condition.We Ship Every Day! Free Tracking Number Included! International Buyers Are Welcome! Satisfaction Guaranteed!. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2333310j
Buchbeschreibung WESTVIEW PRESS, 1999. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good. HARDCOVER Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. History and Social Science>Military>Miscellaneous Wars. Book: USED, Good. Dust Jacket: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 02978081333570401. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 02978081333570401
Buchbeschreibung Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado, 1999. Cream Cloth. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. First Edition First Printing. Crisp and clean with no inscriptions. Unclipped dustjacket. 288 pages, illustrated. Size: 6" x 9". Hard Back. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 042103
Buchbeschreibung Basic Books. Buchzustand: Used - Very Good. 1999. illustrated edition. Hardcover. Some wear. Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers A003458
Buchbeschreibung United States: Westview Press, 1999, United States, 1999. Cloth. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Cloth. Fine/Fine. Reprint. Hardback. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. ISBN:0813335701. Hardback. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 003792