New York, 1st US ed., 1976. Ix + 348 pp., + 30 pp., of two-tone maps at rear, photo-ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Small sig., date & numbers to f.f.e.p., o/w V.G.+. For the purpose of this book the authors have selected 23 decisive battles of the 20th century that have changed the course of wars, wars which have themselves changed the course of history. Each battle is brilliantly described by a leading military historian who also analyses the battle’s decisiveness in its short-term and long-term effects. They dwell on the decisive moments of the decisive battles, how comparatively small events have tipped the massive scales of history, how apparently small decisions have had important effects. This book includes a remarkable selection of photographs, 77 two-tone maps and three two-colour diagrams all specially commissioned for this book.