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coryfromMissoula01 Aug 2017 4:34 p.m. PST

Thinking of splurging on books a little, has anyone read either of these books by Gregory Hanlon?

They aren't cheap and are both by the same author so I was wondering if one was better and how much of the same ground they both cover.

Camcleod02 Aug 2017 9:21 a.m. PST

I've not read either, but Google Books has a 20+ page preview that is viewable:

coryfromMissoula02 Aug 2017 12:12 p.m. PST

Never use Google books, thanks.

Camcleod02 Aug 2017 4:39 p.m. PST

Why not ? It's free.

magister equitum28 Nov 2017 9:52 a.m. PST

I've almost finished reading The Hero of Italy, I live in that area so I knew about the war from general local histories but there is no specific book about it. It's curious that the only comprehensive book on the duchy of Parma ill-fated involvement in the 30YW has been written by a canadian historian. I'm familiar with local geography so it's easy to follow but for others there are few clear maps in the book. It contains a few details about the armies and some of the major skirmishes, but most is about the larger picture, politics and the effects on civilian society. For me it's an A+ and I hope to see a translated edition but I'm not sure it could be interesting for people outside the area. I will certainly order the book about Tornavento..

GRothwell Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 6:25 p.m. PST

I've read parts of Hero of Italy, and all of Italy 1636. I can heartily recommend Italy 1636. Hanlon spent years on the research. The description of the battle of Tornevento and its aftermath is especially enlightening, Although you will learn way more about flies and their habits than you ever wanted to know…

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