The Hinges of Battle: How Chance and Incompetence Have Changed the Face of History (Paperback)
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The Hinges of Battle: How Chance and Incompetence Have Changed the Face of History (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 07/11/2002
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There is no shortage of stories when it comes to battles. Some were decided by genius, but many more by a quirk of fate, when that thin balance which separates success from disaster lay in a minor decision or a trivial incident that tipped the scales. The thrust of a spear, the blink of an eye, a single phrase or a misinterpreted command is all it takes. A moment of courage or cowardice, energy or weariness, resolution or indecision.

Battles have shaped the course of history and decided the fate of mankind. From a brutal Attila the Hun who went down to defeat on the Catalaunian Fields, to an overbearing French artillery colonel at Dien Bien Phu; from the stout walls of Constantinople to a skimpy mealie-bag wall at Rorke's Drift; from the sun of Austerlitz to the snows of Stalingrad, it was always an incident that decided the outcome of battle.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9780340819784
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 323 g
Dimensions: 195 x 128 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The Hinges of Battle is more or less a sequel to Durschmied's previous book and is just as readable. The Hinges of Battle should have a wide readership * Nicholas Fearn, Independent on Sunday *

PRAISE FOR THE HINGE FACTOR:
'His tales of mayhem and confusion can be gripping, informative and genuinely idea-provoking. He reveals again and again, the casual impact of happenstance.'

* Independent *
This entertaining book considers the errors and incidents that have shaped the world as we know it rather than as we planned it might be. * The Times *
Gripping, riveting. Fascinating. Even when you're sure you know what happened and whodunit, Erik Durschmeid provides another twist. * Scotsman *
Erik Durschmeid's revelations are wholly captivating. * Manchester Evening News *

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