1st ed., 1976. 367 pp., profusely illustrated with cold., plates + b&w photo-ills., + ills., + maps & plans. D.j., 25 x 19cm. Spine of d.j., sunned o/w Nr.FINE. This book provides, for the first time, a 'biography' of war and peace, presenting the most interesting figures in military history from the final triumph of Turk over Byzantine in 1453 through to the Yom Kippur War in 1973. The text concentrates on Europe and the Americas, the areas which have produced most of the significant contributions to the art of war, and on those periods about which the reader is most likely to want information ' the eighteenth century wars in Europe, the American Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and the major conflicts of the nineteenth century. There is also full coverage on the First and Second World Wars, and the many smaller post-war struggles. The book is illustrated with a comprehensive selection of portraits, paintings and photographs, and a series of maps shows the main theatres of war.