The Hinges of Battle: How Chance and Incompetence Have Changed the Face of History (Paperback)Erik Durschmied (author)
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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
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 323 g
Dimensions: 195 x 128 x 25 mm
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.'
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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