1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History, edited by R.G. Grant

The latest addition to the “1001” series, 1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History (Universe, 960 pp., $36.95) is a massive volume that offers very concise accounts of important military engagements from the Battle of Troy to the Iraq War. The entries are presented chronologically, and are nicely illustrated and readably and well written.

This valuable volume includes a dozen important engagements that took place during the American War in Vietnam written by John Swift, a senior lecturer in history at the University of Cumbria in the U.K.

Swift covers the Gulf on Tonkin incident in August 1964, Operation Rolling Thunder from March 1965 to October 1968, the Battle of Ia Drang in November of 1965, Long Tan in August 1966, Cedar Falls in January 1967, Khe Sanh from January to March 1968, the 1968 Tet Offensive, the Battle of Hue in January and February of 1968, Hamburger Hill in May 1969, Quang Tri from March to May of 1972 during the NVA Easter Offensive, the December 1972 bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong, and the Fall of Saigon in March and April of 1975.

—Marc Leepson