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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2022 7:58 p.m. PST

… Decisions that Defined the Battle

"Counterfactual studies are usually a pariah in the historical community. Poorly-executed "what-if" scenarios risk cloaking fantasy—and a given historian's inherent biases—under the guise of objective analysis. The irony here is that counterfactual assumptions are deeply embedded in any historical interpretation. Praising a president, a general, or a company commander for some particular decision assumes certain consequences of the alternatives, whether those are actually examined or not. And since combat is the iron core of military history around which other social, cultural, and political questions orbit, the chaotic nature of battle forces us to appreciate contingency and decision-making…."


Full Review at Emerging Civil War Blog



Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2022 5:20 p.m. PST

Thank you for the reference. I read the review and have ordered a copy. I was surprised to find it was available only in paperback and not in Kindle format (which would have been my preference).

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2022 2:12 p.m. PST

No mention my friend….


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