How to Lose a Battle : Foolish Plans and Great Military Blunders, Paperback Book

How to Lose a Battle : Foolish Plans and Great Military Blunders Paperback

Part of the How to Lose Series series

1.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


A follow up to "You Did What?", this engrossing and fact-filled compendium of great military disasters and ill-advised battle plans highlights the worst military decisions throughout history and the world.

From the ancient Crusades to the modern age of chemical warfare and smart bombs, history is littered with horribly bad military ideas.

Whether a result of lack of planning, miscalculations, a leader's ego, spy infiltration, or just a really stupid idea in the first place, each military defeat is fascinating to dissect.

Written in a tongue-and-cheek style, "How to Lose a Battle" chronicles the vast history of these poorly thought out battle plans.

With over 35 chapters of incredible military disasters, both famous (infamous) and obscure, this book is chock full of trivia, history, and fascinating looks at the world's greatest military defeats.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 8 maps
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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  • Category: Military history
  • ISBN: 9780060760243

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This one is written in small, bite sized chunks of individual battles. Generally written in a clear, concise style, some editing mistakes ["...his inaction insured their defeat..." and factual mistakes [Battle of Teutoburg Forest listed as being in 7 A.D. when it actually occurred in 9 A.D.] eroded my pleasure in the book. This one is a great one for people who don't read much and like lighter fare, for it will not overanalize the battles or go into too great a depth. It's also a great book to read in bed, as the small chapters make for nice "a bit at a time" reading.

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There is little in this book to recommend. The essays in this collection are as short on information as they are in length. Fans of military history will be disappointed with the lack of depth, and those looking to extend their knowledge even a little will be disappointed by the rather repetitive writing.Read one or two of these essays at random, and you will likely have gleened all there is from the entire book.

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Heavily biased towards the American Civil War, which in my opinion was the most boring section of the whole book. And it goes on for about 80 pages. Not pleased.

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