Veteran history author Alan Axelrod brings investigative skills as well as a historianâ€™s eye to bear on eighteen largely forgotten but fateful conflicts. Each chapter carefully delineates the context of the war in questionâ€”the origins of the dispute, the motivations of the opposing forcesâ€”and incorporates vivid and arresting accounts of pivotal battles, clearly explaining each sideâ€™s maneuvers and tactics, while capturing the chaos and carnage of warfare. Fascinating details bring the conflicts to life: the blue war paint with which ancient Britons daubed themselves to terrorize their Roman enemies, the seemingly innocuous request that sparked the Peasantsâ€™ War in sixteenth-century Germany, the uncompromising code of honor followed by Japanese samurai. And legendary, little-understood figures are fleshed out: Russian Czar Ivan the Terrible; German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck; the English spy known as Lawrence of Arabia. Filled with more than 75 archival maps, illustrations, and paintings from around the world. An in-depth and gripping read for people who want to know more about important historical events.