The author documents heroic but costly military episodes throughout history. Recounts glorius military defeats including Thermopylae, Waterloo, the Alamo, Little Big Horn, Hitler's bunker, and Dien Bien Phu.
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Book Description Paragon House, 1990. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP90085326
Book Description Paragon House, 1990. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP7917006
Book Description Paragon House, 1990. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96532409
Book Description Paragon House Publishers. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Bookseller Inventory # G1557780293I3N00
Book Description Paragon House Publishers. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G1557780293I3N00
Book Description 1990. Book Condition: Fine. Pub by Paragon House, 1990. Hardcover with DJ. Book is clean and tight. Light shelf wear to DJ. Fine book in Very Good + DJ. ISBN: 1-55778-029-3. Bookseller Inventory # 51772
Book Description PARAGON HOUSE. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. HARDCOVER Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Used. Book: USED, Good. Dust Jacket: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 17978155778029400. Bookseller Inventory # 17978155778029400
Book Description Paragon House, New York, 1990. Hardbound. 1st (stated). Rubbed / slightly bumped corners / text clean / 1st printing. Last stands throughout history. VG in Good+ DJ / clean / slight edgewear / boards lightly. Bookseller Inventory # KENSBOOK036535
Book Description Paragon House. Stated 1st, 1990 Very Good+, Very Good+ 8VO, 237 pgs. Hardcover: Two-toned binding with title on spine in copper. Clean ednpapers and pages. Spectacular defeats are remembered as well, if not better than, the great victories. This is an analytical treatment of last stands in battle throughout history, from ancient Greece to Vietnam. Nice tight binding. Jacket: Excellent condition. Color illustrated front cover. Fascinating copy in protective mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 014774
Book Description Paragon House, New York, 1990. first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 x 9, VG/VG CONDITION, xv, 237 pages, bibliog., index. Last stands, in which an elite unit of soldiers with little chance for victory chooses to fight to the last man, have occurred in every age of mankind's martial past. These spectacular defeats are remembered as well, if not better than, the great victories. While military engagements always involve soldiers who flee, or are ordered to leave, the story of men who fight a hopeless battle to the end continues to inspire our compassion and fascinate historians. Until now, last stands have been studied individually and have remained much glorified yet little understood events.The first book of its kind, Glorious Defiance is an analytical treatment of last stands in battles throughout history, from ancient Greece to Vietnam. Using primary sources, Dennis Karl provides detailed narrative accounts of eleven battles—spanning a period of two-and-one-half millennia—and examines the political situations in which they occurred. Although they varied greatly in tactics and scale, these stands all had an historical significance that went beyond the deaths of the participants. A major part of Glorious Defiance chronicles how the actions of these courageous soldiers bought time for larger forces to be gathered, or provided symbolic inspiration to spur their countrymen to a subsequent victory. At Thermopylae, for example, King Leonidas of Sparta and his bodyguard of three hundred men died in a pass in Northern Greece protecting Athens from the onslaught of the Persian hordes; and the valiant deaths of the men under Crockett, Travis, and Bowie at the Alamo gained valuable time for Sam Houston to set up his decisive victory at San Jacinto. Other battles examined include Masada, Hastings, Waterloo, Little Big Horn, and Dien Bien Phu. Bookseller Inventory # 30229