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Shots of War: 150 Years of Dramatic Photography from the Battlefield

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For centuries, paintings of warfare were celebrated, glorified, and romanticized-until the invention of photography in the 1850s revealed war's true face. Here, captured in some of the most dramatic photos ever taken, is the story of modern warfare, the photographers who risked their lives to tell it, and the ever-improving photographic technology that made their achievements possible. From the American Civil War, World War II, and the Vietnam War, right up to the War on Terror, this is an exciting and informative journey for military history buffs as well as those interested in visual culture.

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"Brewer (The Civil War State-by-State) assembles some fascinating curiosities, such as Sir Hiram Maxim dressed in high hat and formal coat, posed with his machine gun around spent cartridges. But any conflict less significant than World Wars I and II are most often relegated to a single page, and the images selected are frequently less-than-telling, such as the Prussian army with their tents during the Schleswig-Holstein War of 1864. Perhaps predictably, the book's Vietnam section includes the three most iconic photos of the era — and perhaps of all time: the terrified Kim Phuuc running naked down a road; General Van Loan executing a North Vietnamese man; and Mary Ann Vecchio kneeling at the body of a dead Kent State student. Unfortunately Brewer, a researcher who specializes in military photography, offers little context and his captions are often dull. Identifying Van Loan's victim, a man who led a Viet Cong death squad targeting South Vietnamese National Police officers and their families, would have been edifying. While the military buff will find plenty of evocative images, the stories behind them will require frequent visits to the reference shelf. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847323651
Author:
Brewer, Paul
Publisher:
Carlton Publishing Group
Subject:
Military - Pictorial
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
STUDY NOTES - Quamut
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
320 color and b/w photos
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
11 x 9 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Brewer (The Civil War State-by-State) assembles some fascinating curiosities, such as Sir Hiram Maxim dressed in high hat and formal coat, posed with his machine gun around spent cartridges. But any conflict less significant than World Wars I and II are most often relegated to a single page, and the images selected are frequently less-than-telling, such as the Prussian army with their tents during the Schleswig-Holstein War of 1864. Perhaps predictably, the book's Vietnam section includes the three most iconic photos of the era — and perhaps of all time: the terrified Kim Phuuc running naked down a road; General Van Loan executing a North Vietnamese man; and Mary Ann Vecchio kneeling at the body of a dead Kent State student. Unfortunately Brewer, a researcher who specializes in military photography, offers little context and his captions are often dull. Identifying Van Loan's victim, a man who led a Viet Cong death squad targeting South Vietnamese National Police officers and their families, would have been edifying. While the military buff will find plenty of evocative images, the stories behind them will require frequent visits to the reference shelf. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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